Parra Perfect, Bats Bash in Sweep

4 06 2008

I’m working really hard on my alliteration so look out for more tongue-twisting headlines on the site. Moving on… the Brewers pulled out the brooms for the second consecutive home series and swept away the NL West leading Arizona Diamondback, 10-1. Manny Parra went seven innings (his longest outing of the season thus far) and the offense banged out 14 hits to cap what has been an amazing homestand for the Mil-town side.

Gabe Kapler started the game in centerfield and I can say that this was both a surprising move, yet totally appropriate. Mike Cameron, while solid defensively, has been a disaster at the plate. I saw the numbers before the game and he strikes out on average every 2.95 ABs (swear to God that it seems higher than that lately though). Manager Ned Yost, ever the loyal dog, usually sticks with his strugglers because he’s “not concerned with that,” but instead through us a welcome curve ball (which Cameron would have missed.. ha!) and put the ridiculously hot Kapler in the starting line-up.

Kapler started the scoring for the Brew Crew with a RBI double in the first and Parra would give up his only run in the third, but the scoring binge was reserved for the third and fourth innings when the Brewers smashed out nine hits and nine runs.

Corey Hart produced an in-the-park home run to score three (en route to a four RBI night)and Kapler was 4-for-5 (hit total tying a career high) on the evening. Parra was sharp as ever striking out eight, tying his career high. Oh, and Russell Branyan hit another homer run… big surprise there

Records: Brewers (32-28), Diamondbacks (32-28 )

Hero of the Game: Jim Skaalen

Let me paste the box score first, then I’ll comment.

Weeks, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 2 2 .209
Kapler, CF 5 2 4 1 0 0 0 .330
Braun, LF 4 2 2 2 1 0 2 .299
Fielder, 1B 3 2 1 1 1 2 2 .280
Hall, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .228
Hart, C, RF 4 1 2 4 0 0 2 .290
Branyan, 3B-1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .321
Kendall, C 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .244
Counsell, SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .236
Parra, P 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .208
a-Dillon, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Tavarez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Villanueva, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Totals 36 10 14 10 2 8 11

If I were Skaalen I’d been pretty darn pleased with this. Every regular Brewer, with the exception of Jason Kendall dropped a hit on Arizona… even Parra got a double! This Brewers team has found something special recently, picking up 12 of their last 16 games winning five series and sweeping two since the disastrous Boston roadie.

Despite being near the top of the NL in strikeouts, looking like chumps at times to Randy Johnson last night, and registering 8 Ks this afternoon, the Brewers are benefiting from some awesome offensive production. Players like Hart and Ryan Braun have been on target for sometime, but Prince Fielder and JJ Hardy are now coming online. Add to the fact that guy like Kapler can pretty much produce automatically as a pinch hitter, sub fielder, or as a starting has to put a smile (or whatever he does) on Skaalen’s face.

Goat of the Game: Jason Kendall

Sorry, dude. You got the collar, you get the goat. Shhh…. I don’t want to hear anything about you getting that nice RBI sac fly to score Princey. Shhh… I don’t want to hear anything about your 42% caught-stealing percent. Shhh… no excuses that Cameron wasn’t in the line-up to strike out a lot and take the goat. It’s all yours tonight. Just don’t let it happen again.

On Tap: The Brewers hit ye ol’ dusty trail to Colorado where Ben Sheets (6-1, 2.71 ERA) will face off against the Rockies’ Ublado Jimenez (1-6. 5.37 ERA). Game time: 8.05 CT.

By: Dan Wiersema



3 responses

4 06 2008

No worries either for Kendall that he called the game for a one run outing… There is no goat in this game.

Also, I think I may become known as someone who only looks at negatives, but I’m not sure I agree with Villanueva being in for the ninth inning. I’d rather save Villanueva who has already proven his ability to come out of the pen, and let Dillard or DiFileece get some more work out of the pen. A minor complaint, but thats the only problem I had with today.

4 06 2008
Jim Breen

I actually was surprised by the same thing Adam. I thought DiFelice was surely going to be in the game in the ninth inning. He may have taken over the “long relief” role though. That’s the only explanation I can think of right now. Villanueva sure looked good though.

5 06 2008
bernie carbo

Villlanueva may have pitched the ninth to stay in what ever sort of rhythm Yost feels is necessary. I would think Carlos pitches better when he pitches often. I’m totally surpprised how some managers use young pitchers specifically Max Scherzer. Talk about destroying a kid’s rhythm. That guy was pitching on cloud nine and then the D-backs call him up and after replacing Davis for 2 starts….he is nowhere man….Big mistake by them. Better off in AAA. The mismanagement reminds me of the Brewers use of Turnbow…who I still say is a useful MLB pitcher in the right and spcialized situations.

There was a comment on Aaron’s blog about Rickey Weeks…something you have probably discussed here too..Jim..
Do you think Rickey would benefit from hitting more to the right side…reduce his big Glenn Braggs swing…maybe choke up on that bat??

The Answer may be an obvious YES….but my question is…hasn’t he had plenty of time to make this adjustment? Or would it alter his approach too much and drop him under the Mendoza line?

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