Category: Game Recaps

Lucroy cleans up

Jonathan Lucroy launched 2 home runs on his way to collecting a franchise-tying 7 RBI in Milwaukee’s 16-4 rout of Minnesota Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

In his first career start as a clean-up hitter, Jonathan Lucroy delivered big time. On the same gorgeous afternoon that I also graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (had to sneak that in there!), the Brewers spanked the Twins to a tune of 16-4. The offense was simply explosive, receiving three hits a piece from Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, and the aforementioned stud catcher. Hart hit his ninth homer of the season while Lucroy smacked two, including his first ever grand slam. Lucroy finished the game 3-for-5 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and a career-high 7 RBI — tying the Milwaukee Brewers franchise record for runs driven in during a single contest. Maybe, just maybe, this is what Milwaukee needed to get back on track…

Lucroy is now hitting .342 this season and owns an other-worldly .552 batting average with runners in scoring position (16-for-29). Yeah, that’s not a typo — .552!

Lucroy basking in a much deserved curtain call.

Josh Hamilton smacks 4 home runs

Texas slugger Josh Hamilton launched 4 balls over the fence in a 10-3 win over Baltimore Tuesday night.

Tuesday evening versus the Orioles, Josh Hamilton, the All-Star center fielder of the Texas Rangers, went 5-for-5 with 4 HR, 2B, a career high 8 RBI, and 18 total bases, a new American League record. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was on base for each of Hamilton’s homers, making them all 2-run shots. He also notched a double just for good measure. Hamilton became the 16th player in history to hit 4 homers in a game and the first since Carlos Delgado in 2003. The 2010 AL MVP pushed his average to .406 on the season and is the new AL leader in home runs (14) and RBI (36). His 18 total bags fell one shy of Shawn Green’s MLB record.

Finally, I have to bring one of the most ridiculous stats I’ve ever seen to your attention. Hamilton actually hit a 2-run homer in his last at-bat Monday night… giving him 5 2-run home runs in a span of 6 at-bats!

Braun goes deep not once, not twice, but thrice!

Ryan Braun celebrates his third home run of the night with third base coach Ed Sedar. Braun went 4-for-5 with 3 homers, a triple, 3 runs, 6 RBI, and 15 total bases in the romp, his first career 3-homer game.

If he was in a rut, he’s not anymore. Ryan Braun went an astounding 4-for-5 with 3 home runs, a triple, 3 runs scored, 6 runs batted in, and 15 total bases on his way to collecting his first career 3 home run game Monday night in San Diego. Braun, who came into the game with 4 homers on the year, launched 3 balls over the notoriously deep Petco walls, helping power the Milwaukee Brewers to a 8-3 victory over the Padres. In the fifth, Braun smacked a line drive to right center for a round tripper, garnering applause from the home town crowd. In the sixth, he absolutely crushed the baseball to the upper deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building. The Cali-native completed the trifecta with a seventh inning blast which snuck over the left field wall. Finally, Braun smoked a triple into right field to plate 2 runs in the ninth, capping the Brew Crew win. His huge night propelled him to second in the NL home run race and first on the Brewers (passing Corey Hart, who had a 2 homer lead going into the evening).

To put Braun’s historic night into perspective, I offer you these nuggets of knowledge: 1) Braun became the first player to ever hit 3 home runs at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, 2) In 14 home games this season, the Padres have a mere 6 home runs, 3) Braun’s 15 total bases set a career high while his 6 RBI tied his career high… For those not too skilled in math, that’s 15 total bases in 5 at-bats, which averages out to be a triple in each AB, not too shabby…

Howl of a Start; Brew Crew knots NLCS

Randy Wolf dazzled in St. Louis Thursday night to knot the National League Championship Series at 2 games a piece. With the 4-2 victory, Milwaukee guaranteed a game 6 at Miller Park (where they have a MLB-best 61 wins this season) and also snapped an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs dating back to 1982. The Brewers were in desperate need of a quality start from someone not named Gallardo, and Wolf delivered the most clutch performance of his career. The crafty southpaw dominated Cardinal hitters through seven innings, striking out six while allowing one walk and six hits en route to his first postseason win. His only two blemishes were solo home runs by Matt Holliday and Allen Craig. The familiar K-Rod / Ax-Man combo finished off the game in the final two innings. To nobody’s surprise, Jerry Hairston continued his exquisite postseason play, smacking two doubles and a RBI. Ryan Braun, Yuni Betancourt, and George Kottaras also chipped in with RBIs, as the Brewers climbed out of an early 2-0 hole to rattle off four unanswered runs.

The win, in my opinion, was the biggest in franchise history. The Brewers send Zack Greinke out to face Jaime Garcia tomorrow night in a pivotal Game 5 in St. Louis. It seems as if the Cardinals bats have gone silent; they are 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position since the first inning of Game 4.

Game 6 will be in Milwaukee on Sunday night. Go Brewers!

Brewers advance to NLCS, will face Cards

In case you haven’t heard, the Milwaukee Brewers are heading to the National League Championship Series. Nyjer Morgan slapped a walk-off, seeing-eye single up the middle scoring Carlos Gomez in the 10th inning of the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS, giving the fans at Miller Park (including myself) a finish they will never forget.  The Brewers defeated Arizona 3-2, capping a magical night in Milwaukee.  Perhaps this is our season… Perhaps it is ‘written in the stars’…

D’backs win forces decisive Game 5 at Miller Park

Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke saw Arizona's offense explode to the tune of 10 runs in Game 4, including a grand slam for the second consecutive night. Milwaukee will face the Diamondbacks at Miller Park Friday at 4pm for the right to move on to the NLCS.

After leaving Milwaukee with a 2-0 lead in their NLDS clash with the Diamondbacks, the Brewers promptly dropped games 3 and 4 in Arizona.  With back-to-back losses by Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf, the Brewers will put their entire season on the line Friday evening at Miller Park, where they own a Major League-best 59 wins in 2011 (including the postseason).  Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo will once again face Arizona’s 21-game winner, Ian Kennedy.  There’s not much more to say –a trip to the League Championship Series is on the line.  The same goes for the Yankees-Tigers series as well as Cardinals-Phillies.

Brewers use “Beast Mode” to gain 2-0 NLDS edge

Ryan Braun's .750 batting average has sparked Milwaukee's 2-0 series lead.

The Milwaukee Brewers, fresh off a game 1 victory at Miller Park behind their ace Yovani Gallardo, gave the ball to Zack Greinke on short rest and inched a bit closer to their title dream.  The Brewers won 9-4 thanks mostly to a five-run sixth inning sparked by Jonathan Lucroy’s go-ahead safety squeeze.  Greinke went five innings in his postseason debut, allowing four runs on eight hits (three home runs), no walks and seven strikeouts.  Ryan Braun had three hits for the second straight game and launched his first postseason dinger.  With Fielder flexing his muscles (he hit a bomb in game 1), Braun hitting .750, and the bullpen pitching lights out, it looks like the next game at Miller Park will be in the National League Championship Series.  But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.  Milwaukee’s next game is in Arizona, where they’ll send Shaun Marcum to face Josh Collmenter.  As always, Go Brewers! 9 wins away from a World Series title…