Braun mashes on mother’s day

11 05 2008

Ryan Braun sent his mother a very happy Mother’s Day gift today.  He hit two solo shots off of Braden Looper and led the Brewers to a much-needed victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.  One was a towering shot to left, and one was a bomb to center.

It takes a special hitter to hit the ball with power to all fielder.  When Prince Fielder is right, he can do that.  So can Corey Hart.  Ryan may not be seeing many pitches per at bat or walking very much, but he is one of the only hitters that has been consistently producing for the Crew of late.

Jeff Suppan gave Milwaukee a strong start on the mound today.  It is Milwaukee’s second quality start in as many days, and the bullpen surely needs the rest.  Soup did not have his best stuff today, as he walked five Cardinals, but he was good enough to go seven innings and only allow one run.  This is exactly what Doug Melvin signed Soup for last off-season.  Well done, Jeff.

The closer by committee idea got off to a shaky start today for the Crew.  Salomon Torres came in to finish the game, but after allowing a lead-off double to Troy Glaus and another baserunner, Brian Shouse came in to close it out.  He allowed another man on base, but he got out of the inning without further damage.  Shouse gets the save, and the Brewers get the win.  Great day all around.

J.J. Hardy may have gone under the radar today, but I came away very impressed.  He used right field very well today at the plate, knocking a double and a single to the opposite field.  The Brewers need J.J. to heat up in front of the pitcher.  After a 3-4 day with an RBI, perhaps he is beginning to heat up.  That would do wonders for the Brewers offense.

Records: Brewers (18-19); Cardinals (23-16)

Hero of the Game: Ryan Braun

Ryan continues to be one of the most consistent producers on Milwaukee’s team.  He has raised his average to .281 and has now socked seven home runs.  His defense remains passable in left, and the offensive firepower he can bring to the lineup more than makes up for those shortcomings.  I love the way Ryan is using center field and playing gap to gap at the plate.  He appears to be heating up at the plate.  Then again, I have been saying that for the past week.  Let’s hope that I am correct this time.

Goat of the Game: Salomon Torres

This is tough giving the Goat to Salomon, but today was not an impressive campaign to be the team’s closer.  He looked very much like Eric Gagne on the mound, making things much more difficult than they need to be.  Closers must avoid the lead-off hit and cannot afford to walk batters.  Salomon did both today.  Fortunately, this has not been a trend for the workhorse-righty, so I will not dwell much on this fact.

On Tap

Dave Bush will again attempt to win his first game of the year, as he takes on Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals in the series finale tomorrow night.  The game will be at Miller Park and will start at 7:05pm CT.  Go Crew!

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2 responses

12 05 2008
Howard

Hardy made several nice defensive plays yesterday as well. I agree, it was nice seeing him hitting the ball to right with authority!

12 05 2008
Dan

Suppan may have issued five walks, but that strike zone was so tiny! In the second inning there were a few 3-2 counts that should have gone the other way. It started to open up as the game went on and he started getting the strikes he should have from the first inning.

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