The Reds sent Chris Narveson home early last night after only 2 1/3 innings where he gave up 7 earned on 8 hits. Miserable. Ron Roenicke actually provided the excuse after the game, claiming that he sent the pitcher home to get some rest. So do you blame Narveson or the skipper? I blame no one. That's going to happen people. Keep in mind, the #4 & #5 pitchers are average at best. The more innings they pitch...all the better. Why else do you see ERA's up in the 5's? Unless of course you're the Phillies and you have a World Series MVP as your #4 in Cole Hammel.
Ryan Braun, fresh off of winning NL Rookie of the Week (right after Prince did) socked his 8th HR of the season and pulled ahead of Tulo for the league lead. He also reached base safely for his 22nd game. It's crazy how much his plate discipline has improved from last season. His confidence is at a career high right now.
Prince Fielder went o'fer while Weeks-McGehee-Lucroy all doubled.
Ron Roenicke's philosophy is starting to have a positive impact in the clubhouse and in front of the public. Prince Fielder was doing a post-game interview after Sunday's game and he brought up the fact that Ron has been a good manager and he stated a couple of times that it's fun playing baseball. As opposed to Ken Macha's style of play. Ron treats people like they want to be treated, like an equal. And that can go along way. Where as Kenny Macha always had to be the figure head, stoned-face leader that never showed emotion. It's nice to see a manager celebrate and smile and it tells his team that he's in it to win it. I compare Ken Macha to my old 5th grade teacher. Never had any fun, never laughed, and my memory of him was that he was always mean. Therefore, it told me that I didn't really care about my work. Honestly, if he wasn't going to show me that I did a good job, what's the point?
I'm sure we all heard about the overly excited female fan that hoisted a sign over her head that asked for Ryan Braun to call her cell, and then listed the number. It's been all over the news. Well he called, but the voicemail box was full after the game. I called the number, but dialed in the wrong digits and left a voicemail on some random's mail box. Oops. Regardless, it was nice of Braun to do that.
Corey Hart will return to the Brewers lineup during tomorrow's game. He was slated to go 9 innings today, but there is rain in the forecast down in Nashville. So they may just have him come up early (tonight), but not play.
Takashi Soto is set to return as well!
As of press time...Milwaukee is still 5 players away from 'full strength'.
Milwauee has won 5 of their 7 series this season. We'll find out tonight if they improve that record.
Marv Pfenning, an usher who worked 3,665 games for the Brewers (minor league team), Braves, and Brewers, died at the age of 90. He was a mechanic for the Air Force during WWII and he says his most vivid memory of the war was the waves of aircraft (US & British) flying off from the airfield on their way to attack France (German-held) on D-Day. What a hero.
Ex Brewers rightfielder, Gabe Gross, retired from baseball. He was one of the 4 or 5 ex-Brewers that ended up playing for Tampa Bay the year they went to the World Series.
Zack Greinke had a blah rehab start on Sunday versus the Omaha Storm Chasers. He took to the mound against Jeff Suppan and lost. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 2 2/3 innings.