Thursday, June 9, 2011

35-27: The Come Back Kids do it again!

During the first month and half of the season no fan would think that the Brewers could come back from a 1 run deficit.  If they were down going in to the 6th inning, you pretty much knew it was over.  Well, as of last week that has all changed.  Milwaukee now has 4 come-from-behind wins in their last 8 games, dating back to last week's loan win in Cincinnati. 
Fans at Miller Park were treated to the "good" Randy Wolf last night who pitched 6.2 innings where he struck out 6 batters, gave up 4 hits, and 1 earned run.  His only mistake was his first balk he committed in a VERY long time.  MLB's Quick Pitch had some crazy fact on the show about the last time he balked. 
Kameron Loe didn't fare as well....he has been looking shakey at best over the past couple of weeks.  He opened the flood gates to the Mets in the 7th inning when he gave up 5 earned runs while trying to close out the last 2 outs of the 7th.  It was miserable.  He looked angry as hell and defeated  The tower of a pitcher isn't that bad...not at all, but lately there is no such thing as a safe lead for the Crew when he comes in relief. Will that change?  I'd say sooner rather later.
Prince Fielder crushed his 16th & 17th HR's of the season, each were 2-run shots respectively.  The latter came in the 8th inning and the Brewers were down by 2 runs, only after Ryan Braun had a 2-run double.  Prince now has 54 runs batted in, which leads the MLB and he's 3rd in HR's (Toronto's Bautista has 20).
Tony Plush was Cluth last night, and he didn't even know it.  I'm calling bullshit on this one, but he claims that he thought it was the bottom of the 8th and that's why he didn't feel any pressure.  If that's the case, that's pretty messed up.  Perhaps he should spend less time monkeying around in the dugout doing the "Bolt" and more time paying attention.  But then again, I'm old and over weight...he's young and in shape and he just hit Milwaukee's 3rd walk-off game of the he wins.  

-Rickie Weeks threw up the golden sombero
-Casey McGehee snapped his 0 for 27 hitless steak when he had a base hit in the later part of the game.
-John Axford had a huge inning for the Crew, his first after welcoming his baby boy (John Jr.) to the world.  Congrats Axford
-HERE is a link to Nyjer's ADHD post-game interview.  He's fun to watch and crazy wild in the dugout.  But he's having fun playing the game.  It's a complete turn-around from last season when he took on the Marlins in a bench clearing brawl.  Granted though, he has an internal switch that can flip at the drop of a dime.

As most of you know  Gallardo is on his way to becoming an All Star, yet again.  He leads to the NL w/ 8 wins, but is tied with 4 others.  Of those 5 pitchers that have 8 wins, 4 are in the NL (Correia, Halliday, Hamel). 

This site has a nice snap shot of the draft picks Milwaukee made; here are my 3 favorites:
Taylor Jungmann (1st rd/RHP) , Jed Bradley (1st rd/LHP), Andrew Gagnon (3rd rd/RHP)
Milwaukee took 9 pitchers in the draft.

Their best positional draf selection was Dustin Houle who was picked in the 8th round, 251st overall, in my personal opinion.  He's a high schooler that can play SS or Catcher (remind you of Lawrie?) who has excellent range, a powerful bat, and is fast on the basepath.  Although he's at least 4-5 years away from even coming close to making it in the bigs, it's a gimme that he's the chosen one to take over SS while Milwaukee scatters to find a suitable interim (see Betancourt)....I think he's the type of player that Doug Melvin (Canadian himself, as is Gord Ash) salivates over.  He's a young, out of high school Canadian infielder who has solid numbers offensively.  We'll hear more about Dustin when he plays for the Canadian Junior National team in the summer, just like Lawrie did in 2008; Brett was the highest Canadian (non pitcher)player ever picked in the MLB draft.

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