Monday, June 13, 2011

38-28: Milwaukee grabs control of the 1 1/2 game

   The hottest team in baseball since mid May and the holder of the 3rd best record in all of baseball...the Milwaukee Brewers?  Yep.  The Crew finally climbed their way to the top with the weekends sweep of the St Louis Cardinals.  It was done in grand fashion too, having to come from behind (yet again) in the 2nd and 3rd games.  It certainly helped that Chris Narveson had probably his best start of his career on Friday when he tossed 8 complete shut-out innings in which he only allowed 7 base-runners and fanned 6.  I thought that Milwaukee would take 2 of 3 in the series simply because of the pitching match-ups.  With Narveson facing one of the NL bests hurlers (this season, so far) in Kyle Lohse, I figured that one would be tipped to the Cards.  But Narveson was lights out, which is huge because of his rough outings he's had in his last couple of starts.

Zack Greinke (6-1) was also on point for Saturday's 5-3 win; he went 7 complete giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 9 batters.  He also contributed a hit as well. 

And then there was Shaun Marcum's (7-2) turn to lead the Brewers charge.  He too lasted 7 innings and struck out 8 batters while giving up 3 earned. 

Mark Kotsay came up big with a key double that brought the Brewers to within one run.
Prince Fielder belted his 19th home run of the season, it was the go-ahead shot.  John Axford collected his 18th save of the season. 

Milwaukee's starters went 22 innings over the weekend.  When was the last time that happened.  Remember last year when Para and Bush would last 5 1/2 innings each? 

Mat Gamel will be called-up on Friday for the inter-league play when Milwaukee travels to Boston.  He will hit in the DH spot but will not be playing any defense, despite the fact that Casey McGehee is struggling at 3B.  Adam McCalvy was on 1250 morning show just now saying that he'll be sticking to 1B...just like I always though.

Saito had YET ANOTHER set-back in Appleton yesterday.  He experienced shoulder tightness so he decided to sit out.  So....what started with his hamstring and then spread to his back and now to his shoulder. 

Is it likely that David Lucroy will some day pitch to his big brother Jonathon in a big league game?  Probably not, but this story talks about the idea of it.  That would be pretty cool, but who's to say that David even signs with Milwaukee.  My guess is that he'll go to Eastern Carolina to play under his scholarship. 

Minor League Ball blog discusses the Milwaukee Brewers draft picks from last week.  Hard to believe they picked 7 pitchers out of their first 10 picks.  Speaking of draft picks, Milwaukee's first overall pick Taylor Jungmann was the SP for the Texas Longhorns on Friday night.  ESPN televised the game, which I was unable to watch.  Texas lost and Jungmann fell to 13-2 on the season, but he still had a good outing.

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