Friday, July 8, 2011

47-42: Back on track?

We'll see tonight when the Brewers take on the Reds in game 2 of the 4 game series.  Milwaukee has to take advantage of these head-to-head match ups with the Reds, Cards, and even the Pirates.  Last night they certainly did.  Chris Narveson bounced back from his god awful outing in Minneapolis last weekend to throw 6 complete innings; giving up 2 earned runs on 7 hits, 5 strike outs, and 2 walks.  The bullpen was again shakey with the usually sturdy LaTroy Hawkins giving up an earned run.  From the very start his velocity was missing, having only maxed out at 91 mph with a fastball.  All other pitches were in the mid-to-high 80's.  Saito was on point as he threw a scoreless/hitless frame.  Axford (23) notched another save, but had to earn it the hard way.  He gave up -- yet another -- homerun to Ramon Hernandez, the very-same Red that launched a HR in the season opener that lost the game for the Crew. 

Rickie Weeks hit a line-drive HR in the 5th inning and he drove in 3.  Yuni Betancourt also had a big game with a double, a RBI, and he now leads the National League in sac flies. Kotsay has hit safely in his last 8 games; he also drove in a run and made an excellent play out in LF to stop an extra base hit. 

Melvin & Co. will have a hard decision to make when they have to decide what to do with Braun.  If he plays in the All Star game and then goes on the DL, that DL stint/date is NOT retroavtive from June 3rd when he missed his first would start from the All Star game.  Make sense?  So basically, if he's going to be put on the DL, they should do it now and then make it retroactive from July 3rd, so he can be ready for the Arizona series on July 17th in Phoenix.  Tracking?  I'm barely haning on here.

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