June 2009

My last minute decision pays off!!!

With the excitement that’s still running through me from the awesome game that ended nearly 2 hours ago, I have to tell you about the day that almost wasn’t.

I feel like it’s a long story, but bear with me. It has a very happy ending!

My dad and I purchased 2 seats in a 9-pack for the season and tonight’s game was to be our third. As we had 2 graduation parties to attend, he decided I could have the tickets for tonight. It was a 6:05 start time and he didn’t want to be rushed. Awesome. Of course, I’ll take the tickets.

Then, of course, no one is available to go with me. People are either working, or have plans or are already going. Typical. I had a week to try and unload the second ticket, but no takers. eriously, annoying.

So my dad decides he’ll take my mom, if that’s alright with me. I said sure, since I had just gone to Wednesday’s game. No big deal.

Well, all day I’m getting texts from Mol from her tailgate party asking if I found anyone to go with because I should meet them down there. So now I’m a little jealous I’m not going. And I’m sulking my way through the 2 grad parties and I really wished I could go.

My mom offers her ticket back to me, but my dad wasn’t having it. “Why don’t you just get a standing room only ticket?” she asks. I thought about it and just decided I didn’t want to deal with trying to meet up with people and wandering around until someone texted or called. Plus, at this point, it was a little over an hour before the first pitch.

So, we get home, mom and dad change and are ready to walk out the door and I changed my mind super-last minute and bought myself a ticket when we got down there. I bummed a seat in their section just in time to see Seth McClung throw his first pitch.

Then I was kindly asked to leave the seat. So I move to another and same thing. Three seats later, I just leave to wander and get some food, maybe something to drink and end up behind the right field bleachers with a margarita in my hand.

A nice guy comes and starts chatting me up, because, hello? Why wouldn’t he? And I find out he’s with a bachelor party, the groom had disappeared 4 innings prior, thus there was a seat open, would I like to join him? Why not? My friends, at this point, had not told me where their seats were, nor had offered to meet up with me anywhere.

Now, not that I’m the good luck charm or anything, but on Wednesday when I moved down into the right field bleachers, the Brewers took the lead and thus, won the game. Tonight when I sat down there, the Brewers tied it up 4-4 on a Prince Fielder 3-run homer followed by a first-pitch blast from Casey McGehee. Coincidence? (Probably.)

It’s still tied in the 7th, I finally hear from my friends and I leave the nice bachelor party-goers and head one section up. The panels were open in right field and it was the most amazing breeze I’ve ever felt. Todd Coffey’s pitching, he does an amazing job, and then the Brewers fail to score, prompting Trevor Hoffman to enter the game in the 9th, minus Hell’s Bells. Ugh.

This doesn’t look so troublesome on paper. Except Hoffman proceeds to give up 3 basehits in a row, loaded the bases and 2 Giants’ runs score. Oops. And the 3 batters coming up for Milwaukee aren’t really who you want at the plate in the bottom of the 9th to face Brian Wilson, one of the best closers this season — Mike Rivera, Bill Hall, pitcher’s spot.

Rivera was out and Craig Counsell batted in place Hall. Good move, Macha. Seriously. If anyone can start a 9th inning rally, it’s Counsell. Sure enough, he singled. Jason Kendall stepped in for Counsell as a pinch runner. Mat Gamel pinch hit for Hoffman and walked. Corey Hart’s single scored Kendall and JJ Hardy, who hadn’t done too much offensively all night, singled in Gamel. When Ryan Braun stepped to the plate, we knew it was gonna be a “go big or go home” kind of at bat. And Braun struck out. Eh. Not surprised. Then Prince Fielder saunters up, bat in hand, ready to make some magic happen.

The fans at Miller Park were doing all they could to summon something of greatness from that bat. And we got it. An RBI double to right field scored Hart for the win.

It was absolutely incredible that my little saga of a day ended the way it did! And I was so happy to have been with friends, instead of strange men at that bachelor party when it happened!

So now that the Giants have lost the series, I wonder if they’ll end up sending Tim Lincecum to the mound tomorrow. Their off day this week would mean it’s his day, but not his spot in the rotation. If the do, it would be an Opening Day re-match for Jeff Suppan. Otherwise, it’s Ryan Sadowski with the ball for San Fran. Either way, the Brewers already have the series win and are still holding on to that first place tie in the NL Central with the Cardinals.

However, after tomorrow, the Brewers face some major obstacles to get to the All-Star break with that lead in tact. I guess I should really start thinking one game at a time, since July hasn’t even started yet, and the way Milwaukee’s played these last 2 games, I shouldn’t be too worried. But they’ve got the Mets, Cubs, Cards and Dodgers over the next 2 and a half weeks. Not easy.

Anyway, I shall not dwell. Tomorrow is another day.

Go Brewers!

 

 

Ned Yost needs to tell me everything will be ‘fine’

I was working all day, so I missed this one. But I turned on the TV when I got home and the Brewers Live postgame was on.

I tuned in just in time to hear Craig Coshun talking about the Citgo homerun tally going up by 3 today. B effin D. It’s the runs total that needs some help.

Now, you all know I’m a big proponent of homeruns. I need the action and excitement of offense, otherwise I have a tendency to get bored. Also, my fingernails take a hit during those back and forth pitcher’s duels. What really gets me is that the Brewers have dropped 5 of the last 6, being outscored 38-22, after sweeping the Indians with crazy-high numbers.

You also know that the pitching staff is taking a beating lately. Manny Parra was sent to Triple-A after a few horrid starts, Dave Bush is currently on the DL with “arm fatigue” (better known as “giving up too many homeruns”) and relievers Mike Burns and Seth McClung have been inserted into the rotation. But it can only get better. Right?

So what does this tell you? It’s less than 3 weeks until the All-Star break and the Brewers are slipping, that’s what. And they’ve still got series against Chicago, St. Louis and Los Angeles before that break even arrives.

It’s not to say they can’t pick themselves back up. I keep telling myself they’ve got it pretty easy in the second half. Except for those 3 series against the Cardinals. And one more in LA. And a couple against the Cubs, which is really just more of the stigma of a rivalry than it is really a concern of mine, since the Cubs are having major issues of their own right now.

While Milwaukee slipped to second in the NL Central, they’ve also fallen behind in the Wildcard for the first time in I don’t know how long. Well, the WC wasn’t really a worry since they were in first in the NLC for so long. But the rest of the season after the All-Star break, aside from the series I’ve already mentioned, is against teams with worse records than the Brewers.

Soooooo, I’ll just have to repeat the Yost-like mantra: “They’ll be fine.”

Afterall, the Crew plays Washington 8 times in the second half. That’s pretty much 8 guaranteed wins, as far as I’m concerned.

They’ll be fine.

 

Dear Brewers, Pt. 2

Dear Brewers,

Last night’s game was terrible.

Thank you for winning tonight, as I decided at the last minute to attend. I’m sure it was all because of my presence.

Jason Kendall is my hero. Well, Minnesota throwing errors are my heroes.

I heart Trevor Hoffman for number 17.

Sincerely,

Michelle

 

PS. Tomorrow’s day game = time to write a good post. I promise.

Dear Brewers…

Please start winning again.

That is all.

Sincerely,

Michelle

This one’s for Ryan

“How’s your back?”

“Apparently, the more muscles you have, the more they can spasm out of control.”

~ The One With the Cheap Wedding Dress (Friends, Season 7)

Sorry, I just cracked myself up thinking about that quote last night when Braun was removed from the game with tightness in his back. Again.

I hope from now on, you all think of Ross Geller every time RB sits with back issues. Which will probably be a lot.

Oh, and thanks, Brewers, for these last 3 games. My hands now look like a teenage boy’s thanks to all the nail biting.

Just when I can feel I can lament no more, my boys go and do something spectacular!

Interleague win #2. Done and Done!

Check out this rollercoaster of a box score:

Milwaukee 14, Cleveland 12   Today’s Boxes 6/15/09 LAA 9, SF 7

June 15, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Milwaukee
2 0 1 0 3 1 1 6 0   14 15 1
Cleveland
2 0 2 4 0 4 0 0 0   12 11 1

And holy eff what a win it was.

But first, poor, poor Dave Bush. The guy can’t catch a break. Six runs scored before he was pulled from the game after his shortest outing all season. Only 3 1/3 innings pitched. Dave, you know I love you, but you’ve gotta stop giving up homeruns!!! But don’t think it was just six ERs. Two more crossed the plate thanks to a Victor Martinez hit off of first time Brewer Chris Narveson. Ouchy, Dave. And it’s too bad for Bush that the run support came too late to save him. I really do hate to see him and his newly trimmed beard struggle like that.

At this point, the Crew had let 2 separate leads go and the Indians were ahead 8-3. But not to worry–this would be the first of 2, 5-run leads the Tribe would let get away from them. Following Cleveland’s 4-run 4th, the Brewers would close the first gap to 8-7.

But the Indian’s big inning was the 6th, when Narveson and Mark DiFelice would combine to allow 4 runs, thus lending a hand to the second of Cleveland’s 5-run leads.

I’m not gonna lie, at this point, I was ready to give it up. It was already 3+ hours into the game. But then Todd Coffey came out to pitch the 7th and had Milwaukee’s first 1,2,3 inning. He was the first of 4 pitchers to not let a run to score. The Brewers then sent 11 men to the plate in that decisive, 6-run 8th inning to garner Coffey his second win of the season.

Casey McGehee is certainly proving his worth with 2, 3-hit games in a row, including belting his first career HR on Sunday. JJ Hardy broke an 0-30 slump (finally!), but still only managed to go 1-5 last night. Baby steps, I guess. Ryan Braun was one hit shy of the cycle, knocking in 5 runs on 3 hits, including a 2-run homer and a 2-run triple.

But the true hero of the night was Prince Fielder. He had a career high 6 RBIs, 4 of which came off the 130th HR of his career. Scratch that–4 of which came off his first career GRANDSLAM!!!

(Side note: thanks to my mom for watching the game on an analog tv, thus screaming in excitement 2 seconds before I even saw the pitch in HD. Tiny ugh.)

Coffey and Mitch Stetter combined to hold the Indians at bay in the bottom of the 8th and the Brewers bats couldn’t produce anymore runs in the top of the 9th. But they had a 2-run lead going in to the bottom of the frame, prompting a 16th save opportunity for Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman gave up a run Sunday and inevitably posted something other than 0.00 in the ER column. It was bound to happen. But, Trevor remained perfect, gaining his 16th save for the Crew this season.

So, no negativity today.Yay! Dave Bush hasn’t quite taken Manny Parra’s place on the Hotties List, but if he lowers his ERA, he might have a chance to be bumped from the Honorable Mentions. He did finally listen to me and trim that Amish-y beard of his.

Anyways, getting back on track…

Crew and Tribe again tonight. Yovani Gallardo (6-3, 2.88 ERA) takes the mound opposite Jeremy Sowers (1-3, 5.10 ERA).

Go Brewers!

 

A few new pics

Since I don’t really care much to talk about the Brewers current slump, I’m posting some happy memories of the 2 recent games I attended.

Last Wednesday’s loss to the Rockies was overshadowed by by 4-year-old niece, Piper. First of all, I’m super jealous that she got to even set foot on that field, but also, she’s so into baseball, she didn’t even care about dancing. She was just so happy to be out where the Brewers play.

 

And since we got to be so close to watch the little dancers, I had to get a good pic of whoever was left warming up on the field. Just these 2. Corey has since managed to pick up his average and came up with a couple homeruns yesterday, but JJ? Ugh. I hate to be using that word so much lately in relation to the Brewers, but unfortunately, it’s fitting.

 

We all know how I feel about Dave. Awe!

 

Brewer Power!!

 

Chris Smith’s first pitch as a Milwaukee Brewer.

 

It just cracks me up that Frank’s last name doesn’t fit on the scoreboard.

 

The next few come from Friday night’s win against the White Sox. My favorite kind of game–lots of offense that makes the opposing fans really bitter and leave early!

 

 

Squishing the outfielders.

 

 

Trio of Racing Sausages, recreating the race. Cinco has won the last 2 games I’ve been to. Awesome!

 

Aaaaaaand it wouldn’t be a game without a picture of Ryan’s bum.

So, there. Happier times at Miller Park. (Even though that Rockies game was a loss.)

The Crew won’t be back home until next Tuesday and they’ve got 2 more stops on the Interleague Express before Minnesota makes their way here. I have to say, I’ll be quite happy when interleague play is over with. It hasn’t treated the Brewers too well, thus far. Every team they play has had the same or worse record than Milwaukee, yet the Brewers have a losing record when faced with American League teams.

Currently, I’m not pleased with the 1/2 game lead over St. Louis either, but I’ll take it since it’s still first place.

Only 2 games going tonight, and the Crew has one of them. It’s my fave, Dave Bush (3-3, 4.58 ERA) against Carl Pavano (6-5, 5.40 ERA). Milwaukee is at 34-29 and leads the NL Central, while Cleveland sits in the basement of the AL Central at 29-36. I’m hoping the Brewers are able to pull off some wins on the road, and also hoping that those players hovering in major, major slumps (they know who they are) can pick up and start producing for their team.

Go Brewers!

 

#5 is now up for grabs

Ugh.

Manny Parra is off the list.

Fittingly, I suppose, he was number 5 on the list of my Top 10 Baseball Hotties. The spot is wide open in more ways than one. The Hottie list will require some shifting, as will Ken Macha’s starting rotation.

I’m not even gonna go into details, but after last night’s incredible come from behind 2-inning rally that shut the White Sox fans up pretty quickly, the Brewers certainly deserved a better fate than the one Parra handed them today.

Macha should put him in the corner (otherwise known as Triple-A) on a timeout and make him think long and hard about what he’s done.

That’s really all I care to say about the situation.

Ugh.

Again.

Is it bad that I’m a little scared of the Rockies?

I’m super grateful that the Brewers now hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals, I’m waaaay happy about the way they got there, but I’m not so excited about this current series.

The Colorado Rockies just swept St. Louis in 4 games at home. Awesome. I always like to see Pujols and company get knocked around a bit. However, the Rockies are in Milwaukee to take on my beloved Brewers for 3 games. Currently, they’re on a 5-game winning streak, while Milwaukee just lost one to the Braves in Atlanta, but still managed to win the series.

The Brewers notched 2 shutouts in the first 2 games, but fell to the Braves on Sunday after blowing a 2-run lead.

Anyways, my Boys are home for a short homestand and I’ve got 2 games lined up so far. I normally wouldn’t be too worried about the Rockies, but they’ve been on a tear lately. I’m hoping for wins all around, but for sure tomorrow, as my cutie-pie niece will be on the field with the Diamond Dancers and we’ll have lots of friends and family in the stands.

But I have to wrap this one up because tonight I’ll be at Leff’s with my ladies, of course cheering the Brewers to victory.

Go Brewers!

I’m in an utter state of bewilderment

I’m gonna keep this brief. If I go into details, I may just be liable to go off the deep end.

Brewers pitching (Mike Burns notwithstanding) =

Monday night: we’re all aware of the outcome. Jorge Julio is no longer a member of the team because of it. Brewers lose to Marlins. The End.

Tuesday night: 10 runs on 11 hits in 3 innings for Manny Parra. Ken Macha makes a solo visit to the mound, Parra proceeds to give up more hits and runs, including a Cody Ross grandslam. Ouch. Brewers tack on 2 more runs. Too little, too late. The End.

Wednesday night: Brewers score 9 early, chase the starting pitcher mid-batter, take advantage of patience and errors. Braden Looper subsequently falls apart and the lead eventually falls to within 3 runs, prompting what should not have been an outing by Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman remains perfect in saves opportunities. Brewers narrowly win. The End.

And yet, somehow, after all that, Milwaukee still holds a game lead over St. Louis for first in the NL Central. Mind-boggling.

Tonight the Brewers are sending Dave Bush to the mound to face one of another inordinately tall Florida pitcher. I don’t care which one. They’re all monstrous, and none are particularly outstanding. I’m hoping they can salvage a split, but if the game ends up going downhill again, at least there’s always the Stanley Cup Finals.

Go Brewers!

(Ge Penguins!)

 

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