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Something’s Brewing pt. 8

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It’s a great day to be a Brewers fan.  Courtesy of some excellent, classic baseball, The Crew is up 1-0 in their National League Division Series.

This was a great game to watch.  It was obvious that it would be a pitcher’s duel even before the first pitch was thrown, and the game didn’t disappoint.  That’s going to happen when staff aces face off.  The Brewers didn’t disappoint, either.  I saw the 2nd inning as the most pivotal–The Crew worked Ian Kennedy to 27 pitches.  Though they didn’t score, they sent the message that they were going to be patient with their at-bats and make Kennedy work, then pounce on his mistakes.  But they had to wait until the fourth inning for mistakes to occur.  Prince Fielder beat the shift to get on base and advance Ryan Braun, and then Kennedy loaded the bases after hitting Rickie Weeks.  In typical Brewer fashion, they plated a run on a sacrifice fly to go up 1-0.

What excites me the most, though, is that Milwaukee scored three of their four runs with two outs.  That’s a testament to their patience at the plate and their ability to retain their composure under pressure.  Two of those runs came in the bottom of the seventh when Kennedy’s 17th pitch of the inning (and 111th of the game) was crushed by Fielder, sending a fan in the right field stands home with a souvenir.  Those are the kinds of things that win playoff games!  But it wasn’t just about the bats.  Milwaukee’s pitching staff in all three phases (starting, relieving, closing) has garnered a lot of attention.  Today, Gallardo was all but untouchable:  8 innings pitched, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 earned run, and 9 strikeouts on 106 pitches.  He was only in danger in the top of the first, but was bailed out when Braun threw a runner out at the plate.

Given all this, what’s not to love about this team?!

Alas, tomorrow is another day, and it’s important to remember what slaves whispered in the ears of Roman conquerors when they marched in celebratory parades:  All glory is fleeting.  It’s just as important that the Brewers win tomorrow as it was that they won today.

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Written by seeker70

October 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

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