Fielder to the Rescue

3 06 2008

Prince Fielder has chosen the right time to get hot for the Brewers and its paying off in a big way. The slugger has finally found his stroke as a monster solo home run in the eighth inning was the difference last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks and former Brewer Doug Davis. The Crew opened the series against the D-Backs with a error-filled 4-3 victory.

Jeff Suppan looked very sharp from the get-go registering two strikeouts in the first inning en route to six overall. I like aggressive baserunning, but Rickie Weeks’ over-aggressive attempt for three bases in the bottom half of the first was damn foolish. It cost the Brewers the early lead.

After surrendering one in the top of the second, the Brew Crew evened the score with a Bill Hall sac fly. Fielder was surprising quick in this inning taking a single and making it to third for Hall on a wild pitch and a stolen base (!).

The Diamondbacks were held to only one run in the third on some smart defense by Fielder and Jason Kendall cutting down a runner at home to end the inning. Kendall was awesome again throwing out runners as he tagged his 10th in the last 15 attempts in the fourth. Chris Snyder went yard on Suppan in the seventh and the game looked worrisome for the Brewers.

The bottom of the seventh held a few surprises for Milwaukee after two errors lead to two runs. Davis looked to be in control, but his defense (after giving up a hustle infield single to Hall and a walk to JJ Hardy) was the team’s undoing. Reliever Chad Qualls blew the throw on a routine Kendall sac bunt to load the bases and then Diamondbacks’ third baseman Reynolds buried a throw home on a Gabe Kapler grounder, scoring two runs. Very unusual for a team that has only had 35 errors on the season. Qualls escaped the inning without further damage striking out Weeks and inducing a double play from Ryan Braun.

Prince Fielder stole the game for good from Arizona when he led off the eight with a monster home run. It was his ninth of the season and another shot off a left hander (Slatan).

Salomon Torres registered his sixth save of the season, but the Brewers defense made him work for it. Two errors (one by Hall to marr an outstanding defensive night and one by Kendall) almost handed the D-backs a shot at the victory. Torres, ever the competitor, got a shallow pop out and a called third strike to end Arizona’s comeback hopes.

Records: Brewers (30-28); Diamondbacks (32-26)

Hero of the Game: Prince Fielder

Three-for-four… game winning home run… a friggin’ stolen base!! Need I say more? Sure… he’s hot now and that’s super-dangerous. Watch out world.

Goat(s) of the Game: Infield Throwing Arms

Every coach that these error-causers had last night must have nearly died watching the infield of Arizona and Milwaukee fumble around trying to make outs. Two errors creates two runs and blows the win for an otherwise decent looking Doug Davis. Kendall and Hall almost cost us the win and Torres the save.

On Tap: Randy Johnson v. Seth McClung. Hopefully, our new starter finds his stuff against the old ace. First pitch 7:05 CT.

By: Dan Wiersema

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4 responses

3 06 2008
Tony

Did you see that the blog The Brewer Nation accused you of stealing their name?

I was never that good at spelling, but I’m pretty sure “The Brewer Nation” and “BrewersNation” are two different things. Three words vs. one word. I dunno…someone might be getting jealous…

3 06 2008
Jim Breen

Haha, no I didn’t see that! Thanks for pointing that out.

I understand why the feel like I “stole” their name, but they are different. I got the idea from ESPN’s SportsNation, where readers can voice their own opinions. I wanted to have the same type of thing here…so it only makes sense to have the site to be called BrewersNation.

If anyone from The Brewer Nation is reading this, I’m sorry you feel like I stole your name. I didn’t, but I’m sorry you feel that way.

3 06 2008
Aaron

The thing is, ‘The Red Sox Nation’ existed long ago, so no one can really lay claim to it. Rygg may have been a little more upset that had your site down as the Brewers Nation and his as the Other Brewers Nation because you write consistently and about a variety of topics, and they haven’t recently for understandable reasons.

3 06 2008
Dan Wiersema

Don’t worry I’m putting together and elaborate legal defense for the site. I think if they take us to court we’ll win.

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