First off, kudos to Dave Bush for pitching one great game, throwing 7 1/3 inning of no-hit ball. Just outstanding. Isn’t it amazing what a little pitching can do for a team? So, I was wrong in thinking that Manny Parra was going to pitch well, but I was right in that the Brewers would win their first series of the year! It took awhile for the Brewers to get going today. Hamels had them all fooled until Braun broke through with the 2-run homer in the 4th. Then Fielder hit the shot off of Hamel and knocked him out of the game. The Crew took advantage of this in the 5th and for the 2nd game in a row got a huge two out hit. This time it was Fielder hitting an opposite-field double, that cleared the bases and made it 5-0. Bill Hall also contributed a HR bomb. Lastly, it was nice to see Mitch Stetter come in from the bullpen and be solid. Stetter retired all 4 batters he faced. So it’s off to Houston for the last of this road trip. Yovani goes in game one of the series, so hopefully we can keep the winning streak going. Here is a game preview:
As noted, Yovani goes for the Crew. Yo is coming of a great start against the Mets, where he was brilliant in pitching 6 shutout innings. It would be great to see a repeat performance against the Astros. This would continue a string of great starts and also hopefully continue the winning streak to 3 games. The Astros park is a hitters park. Hopefully Yo can keep the ball in the park and blow his fastball by the hitters. Felipe Paulino goes for the Astros in the series opener. In his only start this year, Paulino threw 6 shutout innings against the Reds. It is hard to get a read on Paulino though. This will only be his 7th career appearance in the big leagues. Before his last start, his career ERA was 7.11. I’d like to think the Brewers can get to him. Looking ahead, the Astros will send out Mike Hampton and Russ Ortiz in the other 2 games of the series. First, it is always good when you miss Roy Oswalt. Second, Mike Hampton is again trying to rebound off injury and after only made 13 starts in ’06, ’07 and ’08. Russ Ortiz…well, I didn’t know he was still in the league. So, I like the way this series is setting up. Let’s really get the offense going!! Go Brewers!!