Monday, April 19, 2010

5-7: Can't feel too good about this victory....

For a moment, yesterday afternoon felt like it was going to be alright. The Brewers jumped to an early 10 run lead in the first inning. Heck, Craig Counsell even made up for his dreadful error (saturday's game) and smacked a grand slam HR.
*It was the first time in franchise history that the Crew scored 10 runs in the 1st inning.
*It was the 5th time in franchise history that the Crew scored 10 runs in a single inning.

Even still, Doug Davis was unable to record his first win as a Brewer (second time around). How sick is that? Honestly, it disgusts me that a team can give the starting pitcher a 10-run lead in the first inning....and still the pitcher can't make it out of the 5th inning. I can tell you one thing...Braden Looper would've lasted 7 innings and he may have given up a few HR's (as always), but he was dependable when given a solid lead.
Claudio Vargas earned the win, despite giving up 2 earned runs in 2 innings.
Manny Parra and Carlos Villanueva both pitched very well and provided the FINAL nail in the coffin.
Carlos Gomez had one bad play out in CF and two excellent plays. The first occurred in the middle of the game (can't remember the inning) when he dove head-first to try to catch a fly-ball. Instead, the ball dropped sharply in front of him, yet he was still able to glove the ball on a bounce. The other was in the 7th inning when he fielded a deep hit to center and threw out Ian Desmond. That play right there, was a gem and it displayed Gomezs' powerful arm.
Casey McGehee had a nice day at the plate; he hit a timely double and went 3 for 4 at the plate.
Rickie Weeks added a double and he went 2 for 4.
Prince Fielder went o'fer. He's now batting .244 on the year. Any day now one would think Prince is going to snap out of it. My only fear is that it may not be until May. Prince was the only one not to record a hit, other than the pitcher-spot.

Milwaukee has one more stop in their 3-city road trip, that being Pittsburgh. The Bucs just came off a 3-game sweep of the Reds and are 5-1 at PNC Park. Pretty impressive for this team of young players. We can all remember the win-streak that Crew had against the Pirates in 2007 & 2008. Well, that has since been replaced with the Pirates having the edge over the Brewers in 2009 (5 games to 3). When was the last time the Crew played Pittsburgh and they weren't ahead of them in the Central Division standings? The Pirates are 7-5 right now.
Dave Bush (0-0, 3.86) vs Charlie Morton (0-2, 13.50)
HERE are the probable match-ups.

Casey McGehee, thus far in to the season, is batting .366 with 4 HR's and 6 RBI's.
I honestly hate the National's ball park. It's horrible. It's ugly and the camera & commentator's angles are awful. Honestly, it's like you're on the 7th story of a building looking down trying to call the game. I hate the bird's eye view of the infield plays too. The worse thing I the lettering behind homeplate. It looks like it was typed using a 1992 version of MacDraw...with the underlining. This park blows.

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