Instead, it was Wandy Rodriguez who stole the show Wednesday night. This guy is lights out....right now. Will this change? I'm sure of it. But right now he's pitching like he'll be the starter in St Louis come the All-Star game. Wandy (love that name) gave up 1 run on 6 hits and fanned 5 to improve his record to 5-2 on the year. Typically, if you have 10 wins by the time All Start picks are made, you're pretty much a shoe in....heck, even with 8 or 9 wins. Wandy is already at 5 wins and it's only May 21st. Move over Roy Oswalt.
Gallardo (4-2) lasted only 5 innings, giving up 6 runs (all earned), 2 walks, and struck out 3 batters.
Once again, the bullpen pitched excellent and gave up only 1 hit. Jorge Julio threw 2 scoreless innings and kept the Crew close.
Billy Hall struck out 4 times and went o'fer 5. If this guy ain't playing 4 times a week, he's a dud off the bench. It's either he starts most games at 3B, or you can forget about it with him. So, why then did Kenny Macha stick with Bill Hall in the top of the ninth with 2 outs against a right handed pitcher? Apparently he had a promise to keep. Billy flat-out stinks against righties. However, he can kill the ball against lefties. So, with that in mind....plan accordingly.
Mike Cameron hit his 8th HR of the year to get Milwaukee on the board.
Casey McGehee was on base 3 times last night with a double and a walk (2 for 3) while starting at 2B. He also had a couple of sharp plays. However, he did have a momentary lapse of reason while trying to tag 2B when Mike Rivera towered a pop-up to deep right field. Instead of staying put, Casey went half way and returned to the bag once Hunter Pence caught the ball. Shame, as he could've tagged and made it to 3B.
Speaking of Hunter Pence, he killed the Crew with 2-run triple early on in the game.
-Milwaukee can thank Trevor Hoffman for a strong start to the season, despite the 41 year-old starting the year the DL.
-Despite losing last night, Milwaukee have won 21 of 27 games for the best record in baseball since April 22nd. It's a good time to be a fan....get on the band wagon quick!
-Apparently Maddon (Rays) and Cecil Cooper have a lot in common....they don't know how to correctly make a line-up.