Thankfully Milwaukee has a true ACE in Yovani Gallardo... Yo led the Crew to a 1-0 victory in his best performance of his young career. He threw a 2-hit complete game shut-out against the offensive powerhouse in the Atlanta Braves. Derick Lowe was no slouch either, limiting the Crew to only 1 run on 5 hits and lasted 6 innings. His loan mistake was giving up an RBI single to Ryan Braun in the 4th inning. Braunie reached 1B four times last night (2 hits/2 walks).
Prince Fielder & Rickie Weeks went o'fer.
Probably the most encouraging news last night, aside from Yo, was the Nyjer Morgan and his first start for the Brewers. He went 3 for 4 and advanced 2 runners. Morgan was a blazer on the base path when he hit a triple that he placed nicely in right-center field, making McClouth and Hayward look like stooges.
Ron Roenicke earned his first win as a manager, which is long overdue, but nice nonetheless. Do you think Kenny Macha would let Gallardo finish his complete game shut out?? Perhaps, but you know he would've been thinking heavily on giving Rick Peterson a call...if this was 2010. Now we have the 2011 Crew, and Ron did the right thing. He probably made up for his blunder on Monday when pulled Narveson after he threw a gem.
After the post-game media session Roenicke was ambushed by his players and coaches and was given a "water" shower to celebrate his first win. Pretty neat gesture from a team that can't stop saying enough positive things about him.
"He’s awesome,” said first baseman Prince Fielder. “He’s been great to us ever since he got here. He’s put everybody in a position to succeed. He’s such a good dude and a manager. “I’m happy for him because he deserves this.”
That being said, it was a win last night but it wasn't one to brag about. Once again the Brewers couldn't muster much offense. They will eventually snap out of this funk, but what hell Prince Fielder....is this NOT your contract year?
After Brandon Kintzler's horrible performance during Monday's home opener, Doug Melvin decided to send him down Nashville and bring up Marco Estrada. Remember Marco was the fellow that Milwaukee picked up off of the waiver wire from Washington 2 off-seasons ago. He's was solid this past spring and decent in season clean-up work last season.
UPDATE: Estrada is starting tonight (Wednesday) against the Braves. Marcum will be bumped to the Thursday matinee.
It's looking like Greinke will return before Hart. It's looking like he will throw off the mound later this week as he begins his rehab back to the rotation. I wonder if he'll get a start in Appleton for the Timber Rattlers? They are at home April 15th-20th.
Despite the slow start this season, the demand is higher than ever for Brewers tickets according to this source.
I think I mentioned this before, but Robin Yount gave the team a nice speech to close out spring training last week. He was a 'special instructor' to the team, since he lives in Arizona this worked out nicely. Robin praised Ron Roenicke, his staff, and the team for their work ethic and focus. He's thinking that the Brewers will make a run this season....
Last but not least....Milwaukee sports radio is on fire over the Nyjer Morgan-Carlos Gomez decision. Many are of the thought that the Nyjer Morgan era started last night with his 3 for 4 performance. I'm off the belief that Gomez should continue to get starts, but allow him enough leash length to last the month. If he doesn't prove himself in 3+ weeks, then it's all Nyjer's role. But again, the 3 weeks are subject to Nyjer's spot starts and how well he does. So basically you could platoon them for a few weeks and make them push each other.