7:46p Sorry for not getting up any recap posts for the last two Brewers-Diamondbacks games. The day before yesterday, I was hanging out with a friend I don’t get to see too often, so I had to make the most of that while I could, and that didn’t give me time to post. Then, last night, I just decided not to post because I was too tired after the game, and it was already nearly midnight. I guess that’s the only negative of these west coast games, because I hate trying to write a full-out blog post at midnight.
Anyway, I’ll just do a quick recap of the last two games right now. The Brewers lost the first one and won the second, so the four game series currently stands at 1-1.
The first game was nothing special, at least for the Brewers- they were shut out by the D-backs. Josh Collmenter tossed a gem, going eight scoreless innings while striking out seven and allowing just three hits. David Hernandez got the save, and both Hernandez and Collmenter continued their domination of the Brewers. Collmenter is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his career against the Brewers, and has a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings against them. Hernandez, meanwhile, has recorded 1-2-3 saves in all of his opportunities against the Brewers, as far as I know. Randy Wolf had a decent start, going 7 1/3 while giving up three runs. He, along with the rest of the Brewers, made some extremely embarrassing errors that night. Wolf was trying to field a bunt and threw to second, but the throw instead nearly took off the second base ump’s head. Also, from my point of view, it nearly hit the guy running from first to second on the back.
Anyway, I figured out that the Brewers have been shut out in 31% of Wolf’s start. That explains why Wolf has a sub-.500 record, despite a decent 3.58 ERA, which is good enough for the second best in the Brewers’ rotation.
The second game was the complete opposite of the first for the Crew- the blew out the D-backs, 11-3, riding five homers. They crushed starter Barry Enright in the first inning, scoring five runs, including three homers by Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, and Rickie Weeks (all of them were moonshots that appeared to nearly hit the roof of Chase Field). Yuniesky Betancourt also added a homer off Enright in the third inning. Enright, who was making his first start since being recalled from the minors, was tagged with six runs, including four homers. All this offense covered up a solid start by Yovani Gallardo, who got his 11th win of the season.
Betancourt added another home run in the ninth inning, giving him the first multi-homer game of his career.
Anyway, that’s about it. The Brewer game tonight is starting soon, and I’m watching the Cardinals-Mets game right now. They’re currently tied, 4-4. And, the Pirates already lost today, meaning that if the Brewers can pull off a win tonight, we’ll be in first place all alone in the Central, no matter what the Cardinals do. So tonight is a must-win for the Brewers.