1st inning v. RHP Rodrigo Lopez; bases empty, 2 outs
Strike (looking), Doubled to deep left, 1-1, 2B
3rd inning v. RHP Rodrigo Lopez; bases empty, 1 out
Strike (looking), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walked, Stole 2nd, 1-1, 2B, BB, SB
5th inning v. RHP Rodrigo Lopez; runners on 1st and 2nd, no outs
Ball, Ball, Ball, (Double steal – runners on 2nd and 3rd), Strike (looking), Doubled to deep left scoring Hart and Morgan, Scored on throwing error, 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, R, SB
7th inning v. RHP Jeff Samardzija; runner on 1st, 1 out
Ball, Strike (looking), Strike (foul), Ball, (Hart to 2nd on wild pitch), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Walked, 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, R, SB
Final Line: 2-for-2, 2 doubles (33), 2 RBI (87), 2 walks, run scored, stolen base (30); batting average rose to .333
Milwaukee scratched out another one-run victory at Miller Park courtesy of Casey McGehee’s first inning, two-out, two-RBI triple which was sliced sharply down the right field line. Prior to McGehee’s triple, Ryan Braun saw his bat split in two and the ball drop just inside the foul line in right field, scoring Corey Hart who smacked a double off of Cubs’ starter Ryan Dempster to lead off the game. Chris Narveson earned the victory, allowing two runs on eight hits over five innings. He left in the sixth with the bases loaded and nobody out, but Kameron Loe would pick up his teammate by getting consecutive ground balls to get Milwaukee out of the inning unscathed. K-Rod was sharp in his Miller Park debut and Axford closed the door for his franchise record tying 25th save in a row. On another note, with the Florida Marlins late scratch of first basemen Gaby Sanchez, Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder became the only player in baseball to start each and every game for his respective squad. Prince has been in the starting nine for all 104 games for the Brew Crew, as well as the All-Star game (in which he earned MVP honors). Ryan Braun notched three base hits in Tuesday’s game, raising his batting average to .326 on the season, second in the National League. The Mets’ Jose Reyes, the senior circuit’s leading hitter, went 0-for-5 Tuesday, lowering his average to .346. The Brewers’ send Zack Greinke to the hill tomorrow to face Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano. As of now, the Brewers sit a half game back in the tightly contested NL Central.
The Milwaukee Brewers, fresh off the heels of a 5-6 west coast road trip, begin a nine-game homestand tomorrow against the rival Chicago Cubs. The I-94 series is the start of a crucial stretch of games for Milwaukee against NL Central opponents. The Brewers began today in a virtual three-way tie for first in the division. As we reach the dog days of summer, the days will get longer and each game will become more important. Let’s not forget, however, that the season is a marathon and cannot be won or lost by a single game in July. That being said, a successful homestand is key for Milwaukee’s confidence, swagger, and momentum. Below are the projected starters for the series with the struggling Cubs.
7/26 – Cubs @ Brewers: Ryan Dempster (7-7, 5.00) vs. Chris Narveson (6-6, 4.45)
7/27 – Cubs @ Brewers: Carlos Zambrano (7-5, 4.70) vs. Zack Greinke (7-4, 4.84)
7/28 – Cubs @ Brewers: Randy Wells (2-3, 6.17) vs. Shaun Marcum (9-3, 3.35)
Let’s also take a quick glance at Ryan Braun’s season thus far… less we not forget that this site is named in his honor:
.321 batting average, 20 homers, 68 runs batted in, 19 steals, 22 doubles, 3 triples, .398 on-base %, .583 slugging %, 41 BB/56 K
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 in a Sunday afternoon rubber match at Fenway Park. Yovani Gallardo took the loss and saw his ERA rise to 4.11 after giving up five earned runs. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield stymied the Brewers all day, but did give up home runs to Nyjer Morgan (2) and Prince Fielder (20). The Brewers finished 2-5 on the road trip that began in Chicago. Before their series with the Cubs began at Wrigley Field, Milwaukee had won eight of their last ten games and were riding high after a weekend sweep of rival St. Louis which vaulted them into first place in the NL Central. Yet with the Cardinals scuffling as of late, the Brewers find themselves still tied atop the division. Ron Roenicke’s crew has the most drastic home/road split in baseball. The Brewers are an astounding 25-9 at home, the best in the majors; however on the road they are an abysmal 15-24. They return home tomorrow to take on the Tampa Bay Rays; Chris Narveson will toe the rubber for the Crew and oppose Jeff Niemann, who gets the nod for Tampa Bay.
1. Philadelphia Phillies (35-24; 1st NL East)
No reason for the Phillies to move out of the top spot. Their pitching continues to be rock solid while the return of Chase Utley has sparked their once dormant offense.
2. Texas Rangers (34-26; 1st AL West)
Texas is a major league best 8-2 over their last 10 games. The return of Hamilton and Cruz have ignited the Ranger bats; and Elvis Andrus continues show why he’s one of the best young shortstops in the game.
3. Milwaukee Brewers (33-26; 2nd NL Central)
The Brewers are 19-6 since May 9th, the best record in all of baseball. Three straight 1-run victories on the road versus Florida seem to have dismissed any worries of Milwaukee’s road woes.
4. St. Louis Cardinals (36-25; 1st NL Central)
Albert Pujols seems to be back on track, hitting back-to-back walk-off homers to sink the Cubs. A weekend series at Miller Park should help clear the fuzzy picture atop the NL Central.
5. New York Yankees (33-24; 1st AL East)
The Yanks have regained sole possession of 1st place in baseball’s toughest division thanks to wins in 8 of their last 11 games. Next up is a home series with the Red Sox, who trail New York by 1 game in the standings.
6. Boston Red Sox (33-26; 2nd AL East)
Adrian Gonzalez is hitting a blistering .339 to go along with 12 home runs and a major league leading 50 runs batted in.
7. Arizona Diamondbacks (33-27; 2nd NL West)
The D-backs continue to show pop in their lineup to go along with their surprising starting pitching.
8. Cleveland Indians (33-24; 1st AL Central)
The Tribe has cooled off a bit since their torrid start, but there’s no reason to believe that their 33 wins are an aberration.
9. San Francisco Giants (33-26; 1st NL West)
The defending World Champs may have lost their star catcher to injury, but their pitching is too solid for them to disappear just yet.
10. Florida Marlins (31-26; 2nd NL East)
Four straight loses have stymied the Fish, who have now dropped to 14-15 at Sun Life Stadium.
If the season ended today:
AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez – 1B – BOS
NL MVP: Ryan Braun – LF – MIL
AL Cy Young: Alexi Ogando – SP – TEX
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay – SP – PHI
Welcome to The Brawn of Braun, a Major League Baseball blog where I hope to capture all of the little intricacies that I love about the greatest game on the planet. As an avid Brewers fan, I’ll be posting on the Brew Crew more often than not – although my love for the game extends to all 30 teams – except those northsiders in Chicago who have an undeserving sense of self-entitlement. Let’s not forget that the last time the Cubs won the World Series, Titanic wasn’t even under construction (the ship, not the movie).