Brewers (24-14) v. Astros (17-19)

When a team has won 20 out of their last 25 games, I’m not sure if you are on a roll anymore.  I think this qualifies as on fire!  The Brewers continue to keep this well oiled machine moving, leaving Busch stadium with a sweep of the Cardinals.  The Crew has also now won 6 in a row.  Everyone on offense contributed, so I won’t go into detail on too many players.  However, the Cardinals pitchers sure helped out by issuing 11 walks last night and 23 for the series.  You give the Brewers that many free base runners and you’re playing with fire my friend.  Congratulations are in order for Jason Kendall.  Kendall collected his 2,000 career hit last night.   This is no easy feat for any player, much less a catcher like Jason Kendall who is behind the plate almost every game.  We also got to see Mat Gamel in his first extended big league action.  Fortunately and unfortunately, Gamel early on has lived up to his reputation (Macha provided a great quote to the Journal-Sential you should check out).  Gamel showed he can hit, socking his first big league homer over the right field fence.  This 3-run shot came with two down in the inning and opened up the lead to 4-0.  Gamel also made a highlight play in the field that was no joke.  However, he later showed his liability in the field by coming in on a chopper and (sorry to say) making an absolutely horrible throw to first base, allowing the runner to move to second.  This kept an already ugly, ugly, defensive inning continue and the Cardinals pulled to within 7-4 at the time.  Macha made an early statement by taking Gamel out of the game after this and replacing him with Bill Hall.  You can hit the ball all you want, but you have to field your position as well.  I saw a stat that said Gamel had committed 93 errors in the minors since 2007.  That has to be some kind of record, a bad one.  Regrouping, Gamel looks legit.  Let’s let Willie work with him a little bit and get this straightened out.  Braden Looper pitched really well, hopefully getting back to where he was in April.  The bullpen was good again.  Great to see Villy throw 2 shutout innings, while striking out 4.  We’re off to Houston to try and keep this thing going.  Here is a preview:

My man Dave Bush takes the mound for the Crew tonight.  By now, you all know that I think Dave Bush has pitched marvelously this year and has easily been our 2nd best starting pitcher to date.  Bush has gone 7+ innings in 4 of his 7 starts and 6+ innings in 6 of the 7.  This is legit.  Mike Hampton will go for the Astros in game one of the series, making his second start of the year against the Brewers.  Hampton got a no-decision that first time.  The Crew got him for 4 runs in 6 innings and went on to win that crazy game 9-8 in 11 innings.  Hampton’s last 3 starts have been ugly.  He has given up 13 ER in 15 2/3 innings, which is good for a 7.47 ERA.  Let’s hope all these trends continue tonight.  Go Brewers!!

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