Wednesday, September 14, 2011

87-62: Ryan Braun Walks Brewers Off

Ryan Braun hit his first walk-off homerun since 2009 last night, during a low scoring duel against the Rockies.  Milwaukee came behind after Prince Fielder crushed his 32nd HR of the season and also contributed a double (.294 BA) while Casey McGahee hit a line drive double that almost scored Rickie Weeks.  Thanks to a couple of errors and some laboring by Zack Greinke, he only lasted 5 innings.  He exited after his 116th pitch.  But Milwaukee's relievers stepped up, especially Kameron Loe.  He was able to get out of a jam with 2 men on.  John Axford earned the win after going 2 strong innings in the 9th & 10th innings. 

Milwaukee's 2011 schedule was released today.  The NL Central is matched up with the AL Central; they'll be playing KC, Minnesota (of course, twice), White Sox and at home against the Blue Jays (AL Central).  The city of Milwaukee will also host a "true" Opening Day game versus the Cardinals at 3:00pm on April 6th.  So that will be a gem of a game for me to see in-person!

I'm looking at doing a trip with my wife out West when Milwaukee travels to San Diego and San Fran during the first week of May.  That should be a fun trip. 

The All Star game for 2012 will be in KC.

LaTroy Hawkins is a nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for 2011.

KRod is the designated closer for tonight's game against the Rox, since Ax went 2 innings last night.

Very cool cause that Kilar Family is doing to honor their 6 year-old son who passed away (killed by a drunk driver).  They are looking to raise funds to build a field of dreams for youth baseball.  It would resemble the field in Dyersville, IA as seen on "Field of Dreams", from what I heard, with the corn as the outfield fence.

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