Another crazy comeback last night, good for another Brewers win. I swear it is becoming a habit; they chase the opposing team’s starter and then mash their bullpen. Ok they didn’t exactly “mash” them last night with Prince’s bloop single, but it still got the job done. Oswalt was allowing plenty of base runners, but the Brewers just couldn’t breakthrough before he left. Of course one real good opportunity was wasted. Didn’t you just know it was going to turn out bad when the bases were loaded with only one out and Bill Hall was coming to the plate? Of course it did, with a wonderful 4-6-3 double play. Hall again was replaced in the middle of the game. I would say he is getting ever so close to not seeing the light of day unless the opposing pitcher is lefty. Fine by me. Suppan was not good, but he wasn’t bad either. He pitched in and out of trouble and minimized the damage to 3 runs, all scored off the long ball. I thought there were two turning points that really kept the Crew in the game. First was Ryan Braun throwing out Lance Berkman at home. Not only did this keep a run off the board, but Berkman and Cecil Cooper were ejected. Second, Seth McClung did a hell of a job to get out of the 6th after replacing Suppan. McClung came in with runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. He was able to get out of the inning and keep the deficit at 3-1. The bullpen overall was again great, even though Trevor had us worried for the first time this year. Villanueva has been excellent as of late. Another series win is in the books. Time for interleague play and hopefully some Mat Gamel power! Here’s a preview:
The Brewers will face the Twins in the first series of interleague play this year. This will be our last trip to the Metrodome since the Twins open their new outdoor ballpark next year (I think they forgot to add a roof). Manny Parra will go in game 1. Parra continues to keep getting better each time out. It seems that he is now down to momentary lapses in control. I still think he can be dominant once he harnesses that. Parra has won three consecutive starts and has his ERA down to a respectable 4.57. I’m still looking for Manny to get deeper into games. He has yet to throw more than 6 innings. Kevin Slowey goes in game 1 for the Twins. Slowey is 5-1, but has a 4.50 ERA and has gotten some serious run support. The Twins have scored 6 or more runs in 6 of his 8 starts. Slowey gives up a lot of hits (65), but he has only walked 4 batters in 48 innings. That’s really good. The Brewers have been good at taking walks this year, but they are going to have to swing the bats tonight. Go Brewers!!