Fielder homers in comeback victory

17 04 2008

Everyone has questioned his switch to a vegetarian diet. People have questioned his pitch selection. Should he wear the high socks? Prince Fielder has heard it from everyone…including himself.

Prince put the Brewers ahead for good with his two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning off of Brad Thompson. He was obviously overjoyed to get the first one out of the way. He smacked Ryan Braun in the head after crossing the plate and jumped up and down looking for anyone to high-five in the dugout. It was a big moment for the big man. Hopefully, this home run can spark a power surge for him.

Manny Parra struggled mightily with his control today. He only pitched four innings, and it was not pretty. It looks like he may be the pitcher sent to the minors once Yovani Gallardo comes off the DL on Sunday. The young man has the stuff, but he’s pressing too much.

After Parra left the game, Seth McClung came in and worked three innings of scoreless ball. He certainly made a nice statement today, as he is also playing for his job with the big league club in the coming days. He kept the Brewers in the game when it looked to be a blowout.

The Brewers offense looked lifeless again today for the most part. Kyle Lohse continued his fine performance this spring by throwing seven innings of shutout baseball until running into trouble in the eighth. The Crew struck for three runs in the eighth inning. Better late than never, I suppose.

Eric Gagne made it interesting in the 10th inning, but he regained his composure and shut down the game. He looks to have the tendency to overthrow a bit in big games, but he settled down nicely. His change-up was spectacular today. Notch another save for Gagne.

Records: Brewers (9-6); Cardinals (11-5)

Player of the Game: Prince Fielder

How can you not give it Prince? He had the game-tying bloop double in the eighth inning, and the go-ahead two-run bomb in the tenth. If today’s home run can spur him on to a hot streak, the Brewers will greatly benefit. Their offense looked awful again for the most part, going after balls way too early in the count and making it simple for Kyle Lohse most of the day. This win is huge for the Brewers, as well as Prince Fielder.

Goat of the Game: Manny Parra

This kid has the potential to be a big time major league pitcher. He showed what he can do against the San Francisco Giants, but has not been consistent enough. Today was a perfect depiction of how he’s been the past couple starts. He is falling behind hitters, throwing too many pitches, and walking too many batters. He threw 86 pitches through four innings today. The personnel decision for Ned Yost may have just gotten much easier this weekend. Manny needs a couple more months in the minors. He’ll be back though. He’ll be back, and he’ll be dynamite.

On Tap

The Milwaukee Brewers will head to the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, OH to face the Cincinnati Reds for the second time in as many weeks.  Ben Sheets will face Bronson Arroyo at 6:10pm CT.  I believe it is time to get some payback for what happened at Miller Park.  A road series victory would be wonderful to see!

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