Bullpen Blowup Bumps Brewers

11 06 2008

A perfectly good start by Seth McClung was wrecked by the relief efforts of one Julian Tavarezin the seventh inning and some shoddy defensive plays proved to be the difference as Milwaukee fells to the Astros, 6-1.  Ned Yost shook up the line-up big time, but it proved to be a non-issue as the bats were pretty anemic.  Corey Hart was in the lead off spot, with JJ Hardy following him up, Russell Branyan was now protecting Prince Fielder in the fifth spot, Mike Cameron dropped to the six hole.  Bill Hall got the surprise start at second base for the injured Rickie Weeks.  I have to believe that was only because Hall is the Brewers second best hitter against Roy Oswalt (Hall has 15 hits against him, Jason Kendall is numero uno)

Oswalt turned (4-6, 5.38 ERA) in an above average performance to thwart the Brewers’ bats.  He tossed a season-high 10 strikeouts.  He was throwing a ridiculous amount of inside pitches last night. 

Oswalt’s strong night would have been a moot point if the Brewers would have held tight in the seventh inning.  Tavarez, who has been pretty darn good so far for the Crew, looked absolutely terrible.  Michael Bourn bunted on, Brad Ausmus got on and Bourn moved to third courtesy of Tavarez’s bungled throw to first.  Before you know it, the bases are loaded for Mr. Lance Berkman, the hottest hitter in the National League.  Berkman laces a two-strike pitch to center and what looks like out number three sails over Mike Cameron’s head.  Three runs are in and the slim hopes of the Crew pulling ahead faded into the night. Only a nice snag at the wall by Hart prevented further damage in the inning.

The Brewers again struggled with runners on base on the off-hand chance they got on.  A bright start in the first left new lead-off man Hart on third and that set the tone for the night.

Ryan Braun went deep for Milwaukee, but once again the bases were empty.  Lame…

Records:Brewers (33-31), Astros (33-32)

Hero of the Game: Lance Jerk-man

Berkman’s two-run shot off of McClung in the bottom of the first would have been enough to secure Houston’s win, but the punk had to go ahead an blow the whole game wide open.  Bases-loaded and he goes and drops a bases-clearing triple.  Stop being so good!

Goat of the Game:Julian Tavarez

It would be easy to label Cameron the “goat,” but I never take the easy route (ha!).  Cameron would have never been in the position if it wasn’t for some poor defensive plays by Tavarez.  The Crew could have made a play at Bourn’s bunt single, but Tavarez ran in the way of Kendall.  McClung had the good sense to get out of the way of Kendall earlier in the game, but Tavarez did not and Bourn was on base.  Follow that up with an absolutely awful throw to first by Tavarez that allowed Ausmus to get on base and put Bourn on third with no outs.  Frankly, Tavarez was on thin ice the whole inning getting lucky (especially with the weird wind-up that got Hunter Pence to strikeout).  His two-strike pitch to Berkman was RIGHT down the middle and the rest was history.

On Tap:Manny Parra (4-2, 4.83 ERA) faces off against Brandon Backe (4-6. 4.77 ERA).  Parra is a winner in his last three starts and looks to be pretty locked and loaded.  Backe, despite his record has pretty similar numbers to Parra so it should be a good match up.  Game time… 7:05 CT.

By: Dan Wiersema

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11 06 2008
orville reddenbrewer

I haven’t had a chance to do the homework yet, but have we had more than a 2-run home run this year? It feels like we already had a couple of grand slams at this point last year and other homers.

Like you said, Braun’s homer was another solo shot. It feels like all of his homers have been solos and almost all of Prince’s have been, too.

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