Wednesday, July 27, 2011

55-49: Kameron Loe to the rescue?

After Milwaukee came back from a 2 run deficit in the 1st inning, they seemed to be on cruise control the rest of the game.  Chris Narveson was on his way to his 7th win of the season, which he accomplished, only after Kameron Loe saved his ass.  Narveson loaded the bases in the 6th with no outs before he exited the game--and then Loe took over.  Kameron Loe had been a weak spot in the pen as of late, even leading Doug Melvin to trading for KRod to plug in to the set-up role.  Loe worked his "magic", so to speak.  He had two hitters ground out, the first resulting in a tag-out at home and the second leading to a double play.  Both plays were a result of some brilliant defense by Casey McGehee, who also drove in a run on a timely triple.  The leftside of the infield has really turned it on over the past 2 weeks, which is a welcomed sight by the Ron Ron. 

Ryan Braun went 3 for 4, one of which was his 24th double of the season that drove in his 69th of the season.  Corey Hart also doubled and Prince Fielder added a hit.  The latter seeing his batting average drop to .287 on the season.  He's still homer-less since before the All Star break and his MVP campaign is staring to take a hit

John Axford made franchise history last night by notching his 25th consecutive save, beating out Doug Jones.  What's funny about this is Jones' streak lasted May to September when he did it.  Since taking over closer duties from Trevor Hoffman last season, he has collected 52 saves out of 57 attempts.  Impressive, yet he's basically unknown around the league still.  Hopefully the league will start to take note, now that KRod is in Milwaukee and unable to over-take the closing role.  Looking at last night's save, he was on fire.  His fastball hit 97 and he was throwing 3-4 different types of pitches.  Only once did he get in to trouble when a pinch hitter (forgot his name, does it matter?  Cubs are filled with no-namers) hit a liner right to Rickie Weeks, but he fumbled it and was given an error on the play.

KROD had an impressive hold in the 8th when he struck out 2 batters.

Carloz Zambrano & Zack Greinke take to the mound tonight.

- The trade deadline is coming up Sunday, yet there hasn't been a major move (other than KRod coming to Milwaukee).  Doug Melvin is looking to add another major piece, and they're still toying around with the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. 

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