Man, that was a tough game to stomach last night. Right from the very start, I know the Brewers were going to lose this one. It just wasn't their night. Don't get me wrong, I had a glimmer of hope during the first inning. Soup looked to be cruising right along and Viola....Jason Kendall blocked the ball, but in turn, it quickly rolled away from him towards the backstop. That was the end of it.
Milwaukee has now lost 10 of their last 14 games.
Milwaukee is also entering a crucial stretch of their season where they are given 15 of their next 19 games home at Miller Park.
Tom Haudricourt made it seem like the flood damage was worse than what Miller Park disclosed to them.
"It was an out-of-sorts day from the very outset when players arrived to see much more flood damage on the clubhouse level than the team revealed over the weekend. But Macha said that was no excuse for the lack of intensity his team showed, particularly in the field."
Sounds like excuses to me. Piss poor defense and leaving runners on base is what ultimately decided their fate. It wasn't the condition of their locker room. Look at the MetroDome....yet the Twin seem to find a way to win there.
Bill Hall is as useless as two tits on a bull. It's painfull watching him up to bat. He went 0-4 with 3 whiffs. Horrible. He is the worse player on that team right now. The worse. Goes to show what happens when someone takes a little steroids one season and belts 35 HR's and the follows it up with complete garbage. You could trade him away for a satchle full of fingernail clippings, and the Brewers would still come out ahead. Worthless.
On the other hand, Casey McGehee is one of the few bright spots on the team. He went 2 for 5 with a double. He's now batting .352 on the year.
Jeff Suppan looked decent...at best. Of the 7 runs given up to the Twins, only 4 of those were earned.
In some (finally...) good news, Manny Parra pitched a pretty darn good game for Nashville. Oddly enough, he was pitching against Manny Ramirez. He struck him out once and had him ground out to SS. He got the loss, but gave up only 5 hits and one run in 7 innings of work.
Dave Bush was placed on the 15-day DL. Makes sense. It's just awful timing with the home stretch and all. Mike Burns was recalled from AAA-Nashville.
We can all stop wishing for a starting pitcher. Melvin said that Gammel and Escobar are staying put.....what about JJ Hardy?
Check out this story on Joey Votto from the Reds. Apparently it was his father passing-away that led to his stint on the DL. He bouts with dizziness were actually Votto dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress. I feel for the guy. All too often we think of these players as being different than us and the rest of the world. They have their ups and downs just like everybody else. I tip my hat to him for disclosing these issues. Solid character!