Offense sparkles against Cubs

30 04 2008

I don’t know what happened, but the Milwaukee Brewers decided it was time to break out of their offensive funk.  They broke out of it in a big way yesterday.

It all started with Mike Cameron in the first inning.  In his first at-bat with his new team in 2008, Mike ripped a double and later scored on a Prince Fielder sacrifice fly.  It set the tone for the day, and the offense never quieted against Jason Marquis and the Chicago Cubs.  Cameron finished the day going 3-5 with a double, two RBI, and two runs.  Not a bad way to start the year as a Brewer, eh?

Ben Sheets certainly did not have his best stuff today, but it was just nice to have him on the mound again.  He walked seven batters yesterday.  SEVEN!  In his previous four starts, he had four walks total.  I must admit, it was rather frustrating to see Benny have the control problems he did.  The most important thing, however, is the fact that he is pitching again without discomfort in his triceps area.  Hopefully, the Brewers were able to avoid any big injuries right there.

Back to the offense though.  Mike was not the only Brewer to have a big day.  Corey Hart went 3-5 and was just a home run short of the cycle.  J.J. Hardy went 3-4, which was crucial to the Brewers victory today.  The best at bat of the year for J.J. thus far was the at bat in the second inning when he stayed back on a Jason Marquis sinker and roped it to the opposite field.  Known as a straight pull hitter, it was very impressive to see Hardy take it the opposite way.  Bill Hall, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Braun also had nice games.

Records: Brewers (15-11); Cubs (16-10)

Hero of the Game: Mike Cameron

What a debut for Mike Cameron yesterday.  He got a double in his first at-bat with the Brewers, and he later scored.  I think that opened the floodgates for the team as a whole, but it also allowed Mike to relax and not worry about having to impress anyone on the team.  He already got his first hit out of the way, so he did not have to press.  I said it before yesterday’s game, and I’ll say it again: Mike Cameron could be the sparkplug this offense needed to get going.  If yesterday’s game is any indication, that could be correct.

Goat of the Game: Salomon Torres

It is hard for me to get too picky at this point, but Salomon almost blew an easy win for the Brewers.  In the seventh inning, the Brewers offense blew the game open with a three-run inning.  Torres came into the game looking to protect that lead so the bullpen (and Eric Gagne in particular) could rest.  Instead, he allowed the Cubs to put a three spot on the board.  It quickly became a game once again.  It turned out to be of very little significance, but it could have mattered.




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