If Milwaukee wins tonight in San Diego, they will have had their first winning road trip of the season.
Last night the Crew took it to the Padres and finally (momentarily) snapped out of the offensive road slump. Yovanni Gallardo (5-2) looked on-point most of the game giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 6 complete and 114 pitches. Meanwhile, John Axford collected his 10th save of the season and worked himself out of a jam that had 2 runners on base.
The biggest news was Mark Kotsay filling in at CF for Carlos Gomez, the same Gomez that doesn't like to drive in runs. Well, the ol' man actually played damn good last night going 3 for 4 and driving in 2 runs. One of them was a towering show to RF that would've been a homer in Miller Park. Instead, it bounced off the top of the wall and Kotsay was left with a double.
Ron Roenicke, please ride Kotsay out for at least tonights game. Anything is better than Gomez at the plate right now. If only you could blend the two players together, because Carlos is one of the best (defensively) CF's in the game right now.
Milwaukee left 5 RISP
Hart contributed a triple and continues to swing the bat well in the 2 spot. Fielder and Braun also threw in doubles of their own.
* Cool story on ex-Brewers All Star Bob Wickman. He is coaching a small Wisconsin high school baseball team after the head coach was fired. That's pretty damn awesome.
* If it's not one thing, it's another when it comes to Brewers prospect Mark Rogers. Now he's been demoted down to Brevard County (A) to work on his problems. This guy was drafted way back in 2004 and he has only made a small contribution at the big league level. Last season he had 2 starts at the end of the season and collected a 1.80 ERA and he struck out 11. So he has promise. But his track record of injuires (2 shoulder injuries) tells me that if he does make it, again, it won't be for very long.
* I watched the Real Sports episode with Bob Uecker this morning. It was awesome. It's hard to imagine that he has been so true and loyal to Milwaukee for over 40 years. Like I always say, it's going to be a sad day in Wisconsin when he steps away from the game. Enjoy him with your kids while you can. I used to think he had a 1 or 2 more seasons in him, but my guess is that he'll do home games like Vin Scully does and skip the road trips. Regardless, the interview was excellent and Uecker was funny as usual. He used the Rawlings joke and the batting average joke of hitting .200. What a guy.