It is hard to comprehend what causes our beloved Brewers to fall so flatly on their faces when they are in ANY ballpark that does not have the name “Miller” in front of it. On Friday, the Red Sox guessed G-4 and landed a key blow to our aircraft carrier. Then on Saturday, they threw Randy Wolf a bone and they let us sink their patrol boat. Finally, on Sunday they guessed E-4 and sunk our weekend battleship. Another miserable trip to Boston. The Crew drops to 1-5 in their last two visits to historic Fenway Park. These Battleship jokes working for anyone? No?
This series started with a thud. Shaun Marcum only pitched one inning on Friday night, due to an injury to his hip flexor. The word as of Sunday night is, Marcum could miss his next start but is not expected to miss much more than that. Who could blame his hip for flexor-ing, he threw 44 pitches in the first inning alone. This was only the tip of the iceberg on Friday night. The ballgame was tied at 4’s going into the 5th inning. Adrian Gonzalez took care of that, with a home run in the 5th. Which was followed by a double from Varitek, a single from Pedroia, error on Counsell, and a J.D. Drew single. That horrible chain of events lead to the a 10-4 loss. Fresh call-up Danny Herrera, got lit up like a Christmas tree. Herrera gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and one walk.
Game 2 started out with a unique bang. For the second time this season, the Brewers started a game with back-to-back home runs. Rickie Weeks launched one over the ‘Green Monster’ to start things off, and then Corey Hart punched one into the bleachers in right center field. Randy Wolf threw another amazing game, which is starting to be a more common occurrence. Out of the blue, Wolf is showing why the Brewers signed him last off-season. George Kottaras smashed the go-ahead home run in the Top of the 3rd. Kottaras has a home run in each of his two starts since being called up from Triple-A earlier this week. Casey McGehee then added an insurance run with a single in the same inning. No one scored ever again. John Axford recorded his 19th save.
Yovani Gallardo needs to trust his fastball. Early in the season we saw this problem and it seemed to be resolved. However, it has begun to rear it’s ugly head again. When he relies on the breaking pitch too much, he gets toasted. Yo threw only threw for 3 innings, gave up 9 hits and 5 earned runs (8 runs were on the board when he left the game). The only good thing to come out of today’s game, Prince Fielder hit a home run, which was career number 212. That means Prince is now tied for 2nd on the All Time Brewers home run list with Geoff Jenkins. Aside from that, the game was over by the 10th Red Sox out. Final score, 12-3 Red Sox.
I thought this might happen. This team is just not any good on the road and so until they can fix that, this will continue to happen.
The Brew City Bashers will limp home for a game on Monday night against the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays. They finish the last road trip with a 2-5 record, which is not good. As I learned last week, this interleague swing does not include two Yankees series, just one. We will get to play the Minnesota Twins twice and that is always fun. For my sake, I hope we destroy them. However, this week I will work with Eric Pleiss over at Puckett’s Pond (not yet confirmed (you know you want to Eric)) to put something together to make him feel like they have a chance. It is always fun to mess with Minnesota sports fans. Narveson is pitching tomorrow night, so if he looks good in through 3 innings keep watching. If things area already bad through 9 outs, go ahead and watch some re-runs of ‘That 70’s Show’.
Everyone try and enjoy their Monday. If you are having a hard time, here is something to make you feel better. Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s, but mostly my Dad. Miss you Grandpa. Go Brewers!!!!!