After Wednesday's horrid showing I was fearing the worse last night. After all, Milwaukee hasn't faired well against the Cardinals over the past two seasons.'
Last night Randy Wolf took to the mound and showed a glimpse of his Dodgers' days to the fans of Milwaukee. Yes, the man is like a hot damn roller coaster when it comes to production. But when he's on....he's on. He relied on his curve ball last night and proved to work.
Wolf (6-7) tossed 6 shut-out innings last night against the always fearfull Cardinals. His only mistake was a fast ball to Albert Puhols that resulted in his 20th HR of the season. Needless to say, Prince Fielder countered right back and carried his June hotstreak over in to July by slugging his 18th HR. With last night's strong outting, Wolf has lowered his ERA to 4.70 on the season and he only walked 1 batter. Once again, Milwaukee is putting together a nice streak of strong outting by their starting rotation....which makes me tremble in fear for Doug Davis' start next week. Randy struck out 4 batters and only gave up 4 hits.
-One thing I noticed as well Rock and Brian Anderson, is that the Cardinals fans love to boo their team. Brian Anderson commented that after a Matt Holliday fly-out, he over-heard a fan scream, "That was a $6,000.00 fly-out!". Rightfully so. Evenstill, Holliday is starting to turn it around and his average has lifted to .302 w/ 11 HR's.
-Prince Fielder, George Kottarus (6), and Casey McGehee (13) all homered last night!
Milwaukee now leads the NL in HR's, recently passing up Arizona little league team.
5 different Brewers have double digit homers. Quite impressive. I thought this would be their weak spot before the season started. Afterall, they lost Mike Cameron (1 HR this season for Boston) and JJ Hardy, who both have shown that they can hit 20+ HR's on the year.
-Rickie Weeks' average is at .273 on the season, he went 1 for 4.
-Ryan Braun is in a noteable slump right now. His batting average dropped to .295 with last night's o'fer.
-Kameron Loe and John Axford are lights out. Granted, their not always pretty....but they get the job done. What a surprise those two (and to some extent, Braddock) have been. They are the 1-2 punch that Milwaukee will rely on for the next 2-3 years. Loe recorded his 6th hold on the season and Axford recorded his 9th straight save. He has a chance to hit 12-14 saves before the 1/2 way point (All-Star Break, which really isn't the halfway point). Imagine if he can double that in the second half?
-Milwaukee's version of Cheech (& Chong) was promotted to high class-A Brevard County yesterday. He's been tearing it up at low class-A in Appleton, as can be expected. Jeffress should be in Huntsville by months end.