Thursday, July 21, 2011

53-46: Milwaukee beat the DBacks in 10 / Gomez out for season

Milwaukee took the early lead last night in Phoenix after Ryan Braun hit a solo home run, his second in as many nights.  But the DBacks and the equally as effective offense came storming back to tie it up in the 8th inning thanks to a blown save by KRod.  Lucky for Milwaukee, Carlos Gomez was playing CF last night and he pretty much won the game for Milwaukee with his diving catch in the 5th.  Only it was that catch that broke his collar bone.  Right when he went down and made the summersault catch, I knew he landed on it worng; not to mention the way he was holding his arm.  I broke my collar bone in 6th grade playing football (as a running back) and I can still remember the pain, the look on my face, and the way I held my arm---Go Go did the same thing. Likewise with Charles Woodson when he broke his CB in the Super Bowl. 

Takashi Saito ended up earning the win last night and John Axford closed it out for his 26th save of the season.  Despite KRod's fumble, Milwaukee is starting to show that they have the best 1-2-3 punch in the NL.  Throw in Hawkins if Saito or KRod are on short rest, and you still have a solid back end of the pull pen.

Nyjer Morgan drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th (3-2) while Braun added two runs driven in and Lucroy 1.  Ryan Braun had a HR call recalled, which was a damn close call.

Milwaukee is now 4-3 on their west coast road trip and they play the 4th game of their Arizona series tonight.  Zack Greinke (8-3, 5.04 era) against Ian Kennedy (10-3, 3.39 era), the latter slowly becoming the surprise SP of the NL West.  Both Kennedy and Ryan Vogelsong  of the Giants (7-1, 2.02) are proving to be impact players in their respective teams' rotations.  Speaking of Vogelsong, the Brewers will face him on Saturday and likely pit Yovani Gallardo against him.  Tomorrow night's game is at 9:15pm CT, so it's going to be a bender of a night when Marcum (8-3, 3-39 era) takes on Matt Cain (8-5, 2.99 era).  Sunday's game is Baumgarner against Randy Wolf.

USA Today feature on the Brew Crew

Cool little write-up on yesterdays "This day in history", when Hank Aaron hit his 755th HR.

Ryan Braun- Scoring runs is what cures him!

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