Big Bats Can’t Save Brewers

18 05 2008

Despite home runs from JJ Hardy, Prince Fielder, and another two-shot performance from Ryan Braun the Milwaukee Brewers continued their struggles on the road and was swept for the third consecutive away series against the defending World Series champions, Boston Red Sox.  The final score was 11-7.

Carlos Villanueva lasted only four innings and was charged with the loss.  It was a teeter-totter affair that saw the Brewers take a first inning lead, surrender it in the third, regained it in the fourth, then threw it all away in the bottom half of that same inning.

After going 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position yesterday the Brewers weren’t much more successful bringing men home (only two stranded today with RISP).  The only problem was that not many were getting on base to come home.  The four homers by the Brew Crew were supported by only two other hits against Boston ace Josh Beckett.  Beckett gave up only one walk while striking out nine Brewers.

The loss, combined with the Cincinnati Reds win, dropped the Brewers to LAST place in the NL Central for the first time since 2004 and they now are seven games back from the Cubs.

Records: Brewers (20-24); Red Sox (27-19)

Hero of the Game: Ryan Braun

Even though he secured his massive contract earlier this week, Braun is showing no signs of letting up with the heavy hitting.  Braun hit two home runs over the Green Monster today.  It was his third multi-homer game of the year and he now has 13 HRs on the season. A sacrifice hit in the eight inning meant that Braun batted in four of Milwaukee’s seven runs.

One more reason that Braun gets the nod today is his post-game comments about the expectations game for the Brewers in Boston this weekend.  The left fielder spoke with Tom Haudricourt after the game and was less than pleased with the Brewers’ mindset against the Red Sox.  Following up his comments from last week about getting tired of waiting for the bats to warm up shows that Braun wants to be a big part of the team’s future not only on the field, but off of it.  This continues to reinforce my arguement from last week that Ned Yost is not getting the most out of his players and the frustration is clearly showing for people like Braun.

I’d like to also say that Prince Fielder should be considered the runner up in this category for getting off the shined and connecting for his sixth homer of the season.  He also had a hell of a series going 5-for-12.  He may not have as many home runs as last season (pitchers aren’t throwing him inside anymore…he has to adjust), but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t still producing with small ball.

Goat of the Game: Mark DiFelice

Final line for his relief performance… one inning pitched, five hits, and three earned runs, including one huge home run to David Ortiz.  ERA: 27.00.  Welcome to the big leagues kid.

On Tap

The Brewers have a travel day-off tomorrow before facing Pittsburgh at PNC Park on Tuesday.  Manny Parra faces Paul Maholm.  The Pirates home park has not been kind to the Brewers of late (despite them never being all that good).  The Brewers absolute have to come home from the road series against Pittsburgh and Washington with wins or Yost is gone.

By: Dan



4 responses

19 05 2008

I agree. If Ned cannot pull it together before this homestand, he’s toast.

19 05 2008

If they get rid of Yost, who do you think might replace him?

19 05 2008

That’s the 10,000 dollar question. It certainly is easier for fans to call for his head and harder to find the actual solutions and manager’s replacement. I just want someone with some piss and vinger in him.

19 05 2008

Some feel Ted Simmons was brought in to succeed Yost if the team struggled early in the season. Well…the team is certainly struggling. Perhaps Simmons will get the call (even though I have hear some suggest Simmons may not want the job).

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