Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another ugly loss

Brewers dropped their 3rd straight last night to the surging Rockies.
Dave Bush (3-3) couldn't hang with the pesky batters of Colorado. He gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits, all the while striking out a respectable 7 batters. One of the bullpen's top hurlers, again, got rocked with a HR by Brad Hawpe. The only bright spot about last night's game was Chris Smith's two hitless inning he tossed.

Offensively, well, there wasn't much of that. Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Casey McGehee all doubled in the game.

However, the woeful story of the game was 8 runners left on base and the went 2-12 with runners in scoring position. That's horrid.
They will hopefully take one in the series this afternoon when Yovanni Gallardo takes to the mound.

-Frank Cantalanotto is batting .200 and not getting it done of the bench. Hopefully we start seeing some productivity from this storied pinch hitter.

-Ex Brewers Jorge De LaRosa earned only his second win last night. Embarrassing. He's not 2-6.

-Milwaukee's first pick in the draft, Eric Arnett, should sign pretty quickly. The deal could be in the 1.2MM neighborhood. Get those draft picks signed! August 15th is the deadline.

-Billy Hall is/has changed his batting stance. Last night we all saw his left foot tap the ground a couple of times while he about to swing his bat. Sort of a Prince Fielder-approach to swinging. Yea. Won't work. His confidence is just shot and his play has dropped so low, that I don't see him lasting as a Brewer. Hall's batting average, which started with a bang at .304 for the month of May....has now dropped to a retched .136 in May and 1-16 in June. Piss Poor.

-Brewer draft pick Caleb Thielbar was working for the Minnesota DNR as a summer-intern while getting the call yesterday that he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. Neat story.

There were 13 Players from the Northwoods League (wooden-bat/collegiate summer league) who were selected in this years first 5 rounds. HERE is a chart/tracker of all the players drafted over the past couple of days. There were 79 total players who have played in the Northwoods League, that were drafted this year. Pretty impressive. Tulane's Josh Prince (pictured right) was the highest N player selected by the Milwaukee Brewers (105th pick overall). He played SS for the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Tony Sanchez was the top NWL player who was picked (4th overall).


Milwaukee is 9-12 since May 19th, the day after Rickie Weeks' (possible) season ending injury was diagnosed.

Milwaukee was 24-14 with Rickie Weeks in the batting order.

Coincidence? I think not.
Although I have done plenty of Rickie-bashing over the past 3 seasons, you can't deny the type of All Star-start to the season he was having. He was finally evolving in to a solid lead-off hitter that the Doug Melvin and his staff have been aiming for. Now he's done, possibly the whole season and Milwaukee is stuck with a shuffled batting order. Thankfully, Casey McGehee had a double and walked twice last night. He may be the necessary fit for lead-off role.

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