Milwaukee finally snapped a 5-game losing streak to their old arch-rivals, the Minnesota Twins last night at Miller Park. Thanks impart to a well-placed double by Jason Kendall in the 8th inning, JJ Hardy was able to score on a wild-throw to home. That in turn, allowed Jason Kendall to round 2B and approach 3B. Nick Blackburn who was cruising along for what appeared to be a complete game, launched a rocket over the head of the covering 3B. Kendall then strolled home for the go-ahead run. Finally the cards fell in our favor!
Corey Hart was the only Brewer to o'fer in the staring line-up. All of the players contributed with a hit except for the pinch hitters (what else is new?).
Mike Cameron and Jason Kendall doubled.
Braden Looper pitched a pretty damn good game, despite getting the no-decision. He lasted 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs, 5 hits, 4 walks, and whiffed 4. He even took a line-drive off his throwing arm (bicep-tricep area), which he walked off. It appeared to be okay, but then he quickly declined in the 6th, paving the way for Mitch Stetter to relieve him for the 7th.
Stetter was lights-out, yet again. This time against the meat of the Twins' batting order where he struck out 2.
Trevor Hoffman notched his 17th save of the season, which he really had to earn in facing Mauer and Morneau. Todd Coffey earned the win (3-1).
-Mike Burns will start in his first major league game of his career. He will face Scott Baker (4-6) in this afternoon's game. After playing for 5 different organizations, he will finally get his wish.
-Seth McClung will start in Saturday's game against the Giants against Barry Zito (4-7).
-The recent turn of events, including the announcement that Chris Capuano being out for 2009, set-off a chain of promotions and re-arranging in the farm system. (SEE HERE, scroll down)
-Here's a neat story of some rural Illinois kid being summoned by the Milwaukee Brewers to come play for them. It came as a surprise and when he took the call, the Brewer rep said the team was "in need of pitchers". You think? Andrew Dunn will report to Rookie League, in Arizona. He hasn't thrown since the end of his college season.
-The Twins were a lock for yesterday's game against the Brewers. "Lock it up". Vegas lost some money!