Brewers romp in home opener

4 04 2008

Home sweet home. The Milwaukee Brewers’ offense came alive in a big way today, helping the Crew to a 13-4 clobbering of the San Francisco Giants.

Bill Hall is the story of the day. He parked two home runs into the bleachers and hit another single to end the day with six RBI. Many people have questioned Hall’s offensive abilities after last season. If Hall can have even half the game he had today consistently, he’ll be in the top echelon of offensive players in the National League. It’s only one game, but perhaps the move to third base is really helping his offense.

Rickie Weeks continued to impress today at the top of the batting order. He set the tone for the game in the first inning again today, singling against Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez to start the game. Rickie then swiped second base, and Prince Fielder brought him home with a ground ball that found its way through the shift. Weeks ended the day going 2-4 with two singles, an RBI, a walk, three runs scored, and a stolen base. Not a bad day for a lead-off hitter. It’s just amazing how impressive Milwaukee’s offense can be when Rickie is right.

I cannot tell you how impressed I was with Carlos Villanueva today. He came into a very adrenaline-packed Miller Park and stayed incredibly calm. Carlos changed speeds particularly well and had fairly good control for the most part. Not known for his strikeout capabilities, he struck out six Giants in five and a third today. His pitch count was a little high early in the game for my liking, but I’m really reaching for something negative to say here. Carlos Villanueva showed maturity beyond his years today. A tip of the cap to you, young man.

The rest of the Brewers offense came up big today as well, belting out 16 hits. It would take quite a bit of time for me to outline what the rest of the Crew did today at the plate, so I’m not going to talk about the rest too much. If you want to see how everyone else did, take a look at the boxscore. It is impressive. Prince Fielder looked much more comfortable at the plate today, going 3-4 with a double and two singles. It was very nice to see Prince looking like himself in the batter’s box today. Jason Kendall also kept his hot bat sizzling today.

Salomon Torres also scored a three-inning save today. Those are a bit silly, but it is so nice to have a reliever that can go more than one inning consistently.

Records: Brewers (3-1); Giants (1-3)

Hero of the Game: Bill Hall

How can someone who belted two homers and had six RBI not be the player of the game? Billy was flat-out impressive today at the plate, and he’s more than held his own at third base thus far this season. It is amazing what type of damage he can do when he does not try to overswing and trusts his ability to hit the ball with power. Did anybody else see Bill hit the ball to the opposite field today? I thought I was dreaming for a second. When Bill Hall is waiting back on the ball and allowing himself to hit the ball to right, he is a force in the lineup. I look forward to the next week or so to see if Bill can keep it up.

Goat of the Game: J.J. Hardy

It is hard to pick anyone to be the goat, but J.J. did go 0-4 with two strikeouts. I could have easily chosen Ryan Braun for this award as well, but J.J. is now batting .059 on the young season. It is only four games, yes, but he does have the tendency to go in prolonged offensive droughts. Let’s hope that J.J. can turn his luck around in the next two games of the series. If not, I expect we may see a Craig Counsell sighting at shortstop sometime soon.

On Tap

Manny Parra will toe the rubber against the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the series tomorrow. Parra will be facing off against right-hander Kevin Correia. The game will start at 12:05pm CT.




4 responses

4 04 2008

OK now I’m confused. I thought you only get a save if you come into the game leading by 3 or less. But when Torres came in we were up 13-2 right? An 11 inning cushion and they count it as a save? I mean would I understand him earning a save if he were to come in up 3 and then we score 8 runs. Can anyone clarify this for me please?

4 04 2008

The other way to garner a save is to pitch 3 innings!

4 04 2008

Oh wow, I never knew that! That’s so messed up, it’s almost as bad as the “vulture win” Gagne got on Monday.

5 04 2008

I think JJ should sit down for a little bit until he gets some of the strength he lost in spring training back, playing everyday isnt going to help him get better

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