By Lou Olsen
Our beloved Brewers started this series with a powerful ascension to the top, and ended it with a monstrous thud. The Randy Wolf we all know and like…sometimes, was on full display this afternoon. His day started with a 6 hit 3 run 1st inning and got progressively worser. Wolf made it through 10 outs (3.1 innings), while allowing 12 hits, 5 runs, and one strikeout. Jeff Suppan would be proud.
It was at that point that I went back to work and assumed that the team had no chance to win this game. After doing some insurancey type things, I checked the game. Low and behold, the Brewers had a 6-5 lead going into the 8th inning. Only 6 outs from busting out the brooms.
What is that old saying, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”?
The Brewers bullpen got annihilated. I haven’t seen a beating like this since…well last week, I guess. What’s worse, is that I sort of Nostradmused today’s game. This is a clip from the article I wrote right before today’s game:
"The bullpen is starting to have some injury issues arise, which is causing several guys to pitch almost everyday and it is clearly taking a toll on them. Kameron Loe is the prime example. Kam has made 19 appearances this season already, which is 4 more than any other member of this pitching staff. In his last few outings he has looked tired, walking batters is always the first sign of fatigue from a bullpen guy and Kam has been walking guys all over the place."
Now Kam is a great pitcher and I have always thought so, but the dude is just gassed. He recorded 1 out, while giving up 3 hits and 4 runs in the 8th inning. Then Mike McClendon came in to relieve Loe. Problem was, he couldn’t get anyone out either. Mike gave up another 3 runs before the 8th inning came to a merciful end.
A 6-5 lead, turned into a 13-6 loss. This is what happens when your starters can not get through the 4th inning. If I knew that Kam Loe was overworked, how did Roenicke not know? Tom Haudricort of the Journal Sentinel reported that Loe asked to be put in there. All you had to do was watch him throw 2 or 3 pitches and you could see that he had about as much velocity as a little leaguer. Again, that is not a knock on Loe, the guy is just over worked.
I can not let this slip through the cracks, Prince Fielder hit his 200th career home run. This was a really cool moment, too bad I missed it. Watching a replay does not really do the moment justice. That fat tub of goo has hit 200 home runs for our beloved Brewskies. I am sure that Brauny will eventually reach that plateau and hopefully get to 3 or 4 hundred. But this was maybe the last great moment we will have with Prince. I know it is kind of a downer, but it is reality. Here is the link to the video if you missed it. You need to watch it if you are a Brewers fans. We have had so few moments like this in our franchises history and so we should be able to marvel in this historic moment.
Tomorrow the team has a much needed day of rest. Then on Friday, the Pittsburgh Swashbucklers come into town. Hopefully we can snag another 2 or 3 from them. Yo Gallardo will start for the Brew Crew on Friday, hopefully we will get 1-hitter Gallardo and not the other one. You know what I am talking about.
I saved this for last, mostly because it is so rare that I do thorough research. After this afternoons 23 hit performance by the Padres, I started to wonder when the last time was that the Crew allowed that many hits. I went digging and found the answer. August 8th of 2007, the Brewers allowed 19 runs and gave up an identical 23 hits. However, the most runs they gave up in any one inning of that game was 7.
One final note, Ryan Braun left today’s game with an ankle contusion. It sounds like he is going to be day to day, so this day off tomorrow could not have come at a better time.
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the death of Bob Marley, I wish you all “One Love”.