¡Hola ventiladores de béisbol! Or, hello baseball fans, for those of us who don’t speak Spanish!
Welcome, welcome one and all to this first edition of Brew View, the (hopefully) regular column in which I give news, views, and scandal on the team which holds a special place in my heart – the Milwaukee Brewers, as well as insight on the Majors as a whole.
The Crew donned their Milwaukee Cerveceros kits last night for the second game of the series against the St.Louis Cardinals. The Cards are currently just one win ahead of the Crew, with the same loss record, making this series very important for each of the NL Central rivals.
On Friday Milwaukee shut-out St.Louis by 8 runs in spectacular fashion in the home ground of Miller Park. Saturday’s game was another win for the boys in blue (this time actually wearing the alternative gold/yellow Spanish-language jerseys) with a score of 5 – 3 at the end of 9 innings. Let’s take a look at how it all went down.
In the bottom of the second Prince Fielder released a classic homer in to the scoreboard for the first run of the game, bringing the big guy’s season home run count to an impressive 18.
In the top of the fourth it was the Red Birds time to fly with Yadier Molina sending one to the left outfield wall, driving in Colby Rasmus. Half an inning later Casey McGehee smacks one to the right, Jon Jay of the Cardinals leaps up to pluck it from the air.
It’s the top of the sixth now and Lance Berkman smashes a homer against the far outfield wall bringing the Cards to 2.
Not content to stay behind in the count, Rickie Weeks steps up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with a man on first. Weeks managed to fly the ball just inside the right field foul pole, to drive in two. In the same inning Corey Hart steps up with two on and two out. He sticks one to right centre, allowing Fielder and McGehee to reach home base.
In the top of the next inning Donnie Descalso drives in Skip Schumaker, sending the ball just past Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, to bring the final score to 5 – 3.
Props to Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke, making his eighth start of the year with an ERA of 4.93 up to this game. Greinke achieved nine strikeouts over seven innings. Let’s hope that Earner Run Average gets down a bit as he gets more games with the Brew Crew under his belt.
John Axford gets the save. The Ax Man proving that he still has the touch, and is a valuable part of the organisation.
That was certainly an eventful game and I’m looking forward to the third and final of the series this evening. Also worth mentioning for this evening is the weekly Sunday night BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra broadcast, today focusing on the Cleveland Indians visiting Yankees Stadium with guest presenter Simon Brotherton.
¡Adiós tuercas del béisbol!