4:15p The game today made me feel much better about the game last night.
The Brewers took down the Cardinals today, 10-5, and answered to all the crap Tony La Russa and the Cardinals pulled last night. Casey McGehee was the star of the offense today, putting his season-long slump behind him to crank out three home runs, all off Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson.
The Cardinals got on the board first against Randy Wolf in the first inning on a David Freese RBI single. The Brewers immediately answered in the bottom half, however, on a solo shot by Corey Hart and a two-run homer by McGehee (the first of his three).
Unfortunately, the Cardinals struck again immediately in the second inning when Rafael Furcal hit a go-ahead three-run shot off Wolf to give the Cards a 4-3 lead.
The Brewers took the lead again in the third inning on McGehee’s second homer of the day, 5-4. The Brewers also got a few runs in the fifth, courtesy of some questionable Cardinals defense. Prince Fielder hit an RBI groundout to score Nyjer Morgan, then, with Yuniesky Betancourt on third, catcher Yadier Molina let a pitch bounce right off his glove for a passed ball, so Betancourt was able to score to give the Brewers a 7-4 lead.Then, in the sixth, Hart hit a bloop RBI single to extend the Brewers lead to 8-5. In the same inning, Morgan struck out swining, but he tried to catch Hart stealing second. The throw bounced past second baseman Ryan Theriot into center field, which allowed George Kottaras, who was on third, to score.
The Brewers would get one more run on McGehee’s third home run of the game in seventh inning.
McGehee is back.
Hopefully McGehee’s three home run game today is a sign that his season-long slump is finally over. He came into today with just five home runs all season, including just three in his last 355 plate appearances. Today, he hit three in just four plate appearances. He also finally got his batting average up to .240 (it was .235 to start the day, and had been hovering around .220 all season).
So, now that we’ve got both McGehee and Betancourt going in the second half, we’re in pretty good shape to make this pennant race interesting.
Tony La Russa is the new Ned Yost
La Russa, who supposedly thought his bullpen was exhausted from an 11 inning game last night, let his starter, Edwin Jackson, get completely hammered today. Jackson labored through seven innings while giving up 10 runs (eight earned) on 14 hits. He walked one and struck out six. He also gave up four home runs (three of them to McGehee).
Anyway, this immediately reminded me of what Ned Yost used to do to Brewers’ starters, and is now doing to Royals’ starters. Yost would leave guys in far longer than they should have been in and just let their ERA get destroyed. Actually, I’ve got a great example of what Yost did to an innocent Royals pitcher earlier this year. Vin Mazarro, who was actually in for a relief appearance, gave up 14 runs in just 2 1/3 innings because Yost just refused to take him out. When I saw La Russa doing that to Jackson today, I immediately thought of that Yost incident with the Royals.https://breakingwi.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php
Hawkins annoys the crap out of La Russa
This was probably one of the best parts of the game today. Hawkins, who was in to pitch the eighth inning, did his weird thing from the stretch where he never stops to look at the catcher and just keeps going, almost like a windup. But, he doesn’t do it for all his pitches.
Anyway, La Russa, who had probably been looking for something to complain about all day, came out and started yelling at the umpire that it was a quick pitch. The umpire said something to him, but apparently didn’t care, because he let Hawkins keep doing his quick pitch thing. In fact, Hawkins, who noticed that La Russa was ticked about it, went on to do it four times in a row after La Russa complained. So it was nice to see at least one guy on the Brewers standing up to that joke of a manager.
Up next for the Crew…
The Brewers have an off-day tomorrow, but will start their next road trip in Houston on Friday. Yovani Gallardo (12-7, 3.89 ERA) will go for the Brewers and look for win number 13. Gallardo has dominated the Astros in his career, going 9-2 with a 3.00 ERA against them. That includes his 2-0 mark against them this year, during which Gallardo has a 2.77 ERA against the Astros.
The Astros will counter with J.A. Happ (4-13, 6.01 ERA), who, as I’ve mentioned before, is having an awful season. He is 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA against the Brewers in his career, including his last start against them, which resulted in a loss.
Elsewhere around the division…
- The Cubs and Pirates play tonight at 6:05 PM CT. They are 16 and six games back, respectively. Also, I should mention that the Pirates will fall under .500 if they lose tonight.
- The Reds and Astros play at 7:05 PM CT tonight. They are seven and 25 game back, respectively.
|St. Louis Cardinals||1||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||5||11||1|
|Corey Hart, RF||5||1||2||2||0||1||2||.278|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.328|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.324|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.296|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||3||3||5||0||0||1||.240|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.257|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||0||1||.224|
|George Kottaras, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.219|
|Randy Wolf, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.179|
|a-Mark Kotsay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.243|
|b-Jerry Hairston, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
a-Grounded out for Wolf in the 6th.
b-Singled for Hawkins in the 8th.
2B: Braun (27), Kottaras (3).
HR: Hart (15), McGehee 3 (8).
RBI: Hart (38), McGehee 5 (48), Fielder (79).
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 4.
SB: Hart (4).
E: McGehee (15).
Outfield assists: Braun.
DP: 3 (Betancourt-Lopez-Fielder 2, Braun-McGehee-Lopez).
|Randy Wolf (W, 8-8)||6.0||9||5||5||2||2||1||3.61|
Pitches-strikes: Wolf 113-72, Loe 10-8, Hawkins 10-7, Axford 22-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wolf 6-5, Loe 1-0, Hawkins 1-0, Axford 1-0.
Batters faced: Wolf 28, Loe 3, Hawkins 3, Axford 5.