The thing that is great about baseball is that there are basically no days off. In the NFL for example, you have a week between games and there is so much time to dwell on things. While the Brewers by no means turned a corner today, it was great to see a good ball game. At this point in the season, thank God for Braden Looper! Six strong innings, allowing only 5 hits and really never getting in trouble, outside of the 1st inning when he got a double play ball to end the inning. He became the first Brewer to record their 2nd win, improving to 2-0 while lowering his already team best ERA to 2.12. Way to go Braden. Mike DiFelice threw a great 7th striking out 2 and hopefully Villanueva got back on track by pitching a 1-2-3 8th. Of course the Brewers have to make it interesting and go figure that Todd Coffey would give up his first run as a Brewer in his first “official” save situation. He ran into some problems, but got out of it in the end. Coffey benefited from the bottom of the Phillies order being up to record the last few outs. Nevertheless, Coffey sealed the deal. The offense continued to struggle, but finally, finally, the Crew got that big two out hit, as Mike Cameron drove in Hart and Braun with a two out double in the 6th. Cameron and Hardy were flipped in the lineup, with Cam batting 5th and JJ 6th. Look for this to continue, as both had good days. As noted, Cam had the big double and JJ went 2-3 with a solo HR. So, the Crew has a chance to win their first series of the year. With that said, here is your preview:
World Series MVP Cole Hamels goes for the Phillies in the rubber game of the series. Hamels has had a horrible start to the year. In two starts he is 0-1, logged only 9 2/3 innings, given up 19 hits and has an ERA of 11.17. Those numbers aren’t much better than Suppan’s after his first 2 starts. Like Blanton, Hamels dominated the Brewers in the NLDS last year. We just beat Blanton, so maybe we can do the same against Hamels. Dave Bush goes for the Brewers. Dave has been good in both of his starts this year. He has given the team a chance to win in both games, but one the bullpen blew and the offense only scored one run in the other. In his last start he gave up 3 runs to the Mets in the 1st inning, but threw 5 shutout innings after that. Believe it or not, Bush has started 6 regular season games against the Phillies in his career and has 6 no-decisions. Weird. More importantly though, Bush is 1-0 against the Phillies in the post-season, winning the first playoff game for the Brewers in 26 years. I’m looking for a repeat performance of last October. Go Brewers!!