Offensive outburst puts Brewers 2.5 back

POSTGAME

> After a rough loss last night, the Brewers proved that they can put bumps in the road like that in the past. They came back and won a slugfest with the Mets tonight, 9-6.

Shaun Marcum and the Brewers got off to a bad start, as the Mets tagged Marcum for four runs over just four innings, including a three-run fourth. But the Brewers finally got to Mets starter Jenrry Mejia, who had been begging for trouble through the first few innings, in the bottom of the fourth. After Logan Schafer hit a two-run triple to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3, Rickie Weeks hit a go-ahead three-run blast.

MY TAKE

> If the Brewers end up making the playoffs, a lot of the credit could go to Weeks. He got a lot of hate during his sub-.200 first half, but has had a much better second half, including the fact that he’s found his power stroke lately. The home run was his 20th of the season, a milestone I didn’t think he had a chance at reaching after the start he got off to.

THE NEWS

> The Cardinals fell in walk-off fashion to the Dodgers, 4-3. They had a 3-2 lead going into the ninth inning, but Jason Motte managed to blow another save. Former Brewer Luis Cruz was part of the rally, as he hit the game-tying double before Juan Rivera won it with an RBI single. The Brewers are now just 2.5 games out of their Wild Card spot.

Oh, and the Phillies were shut out by the Astros, so the Brewers once again passed them up in the standings.

THE NUMBERS

> Marcum hasn’t completed six innings since returning from the disabled list.

> Zack Greinke was great for the Angels tonight, going 8 1/3 innings in a bid for his first complete game shutout since 2009. But he was pulled with an out in the ninth, only for the usually reliable Ernesto Frieri to blow his lead, and the Angels’ win.

> Johnny Cueto got rocked again tonight, giving up six runs against the Marlins. For awhile I thought he was going to win the Cy Young Award, but now I think it almost unanimously goes to R.A. Dickey.

> Tomorrow’s match-up:

Chris Young (4-7, 4.39 ERA) vs. Wily Peralta (1-0, 3.46 ERA)

THE EXTRAS

> So I was at the game tonight, and was sitting in the terrace level with my friend. Sometime around the seventh inning, I was talking to him and not looking at the field, when I heard the crowd start oddly cheering and people yelling “airplane!” I turned around and saw a paper airplane slowly gliding from a few rows behind us and towards the field.

I thought eventually it would just fall into the seats in front of us, but it just never stopped. It continuously glided until it was finally over the field, and at this point the crowd was going insane. None of the players noticed until Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy turned around and saw it coming down. Aramis Ramirez, who was batting at the time, called time when he saw it and stepped out.

But things got even more ridiculous- the plane landed inches away from second base, and received a standing ovation from the crowd. A bat-boy came out and retrieved the plane, and then Murphy made a clapping gesture towards the seats that the plane came from. Anyway, that was my take and perspective on the whole fiasco; you can watch part of it here.

However, Mets pitcher Manny Acosta wasn’t amused by the prank, and drilled Ramirez on the following pitch.

12 Responses to Offensive outburst puts Brewers 2.5 back

  1. elmaquino says:

    In Motte’s defense, the last out should have been at second when Yadi gunned down Dee Gordon, but Doug Eddings called him safe.

    That said, as crappy as we’ve been, props to you guys and the Phils for not quitting long after everyone thought you were through. Sounds familiar.

    • breakingwi says:

      I saw that play, and I couldn’t tell if Gordon was in there or not. Obviously you can’t go by a reputation call in that case, since Gordon is arguably the fastest guy in the game and Molina is the best defensive catcher.

      I can’t believe this is happening. No matter how this season turns out, the fact that the bullpen held us back for so long is going to loom over me forever. But it’s nice to see them finish strong and sneak into the race.

      • elmaquino says:

        how confident are you in their staying power if they make it in?

      • breakingwi says:

        well we just swept the Braves with relative ease, so I’d have confidence in the Brewers at least making it to the NLDS. Facing the Nats would be fun; we knock around a few of their pitchers. But if we were paired with the Giants or Reds, I couldn’t see it ending well.

      • elmaquino says:

        I’d take that offense over any in the NL this year. but that bullpen in a ton of must-win games is walking on eggshells

      • breakingwi says:

        that’s the one thing that really worries me. The offense has been able to overcome it nicely lately, but I have a feeling those bullpen issues are going to bite us in a big spot before the season ends

      • elmaquino says:

        too bad they thought they were out of it at the deadline. couldve really bolstered that thing

      • breakingwi says:

        yeah. imagine if we still had Greinke. as much as i love Segura he hasn’t been much of a factor yet, so the trade is looking bad for us right now

      • elmaquino says:

        Segura’s gonna be a monster, though. great long-term move; and at least this way you get something out of Greinke as opposed to him just leaving via free agency

      • breakingwi says:

        hope you’re right. the speed is definitely there; hopefully the rest of the tools will catch up.

        but like you mentioned the other day, i have to wonder if the Brewers will consider bring back Greinke this offseason. we should have money to spare

      • elmaquino says:

        didn’t he turn down their offer?

      • breakingwi says:

        yeah, but he didn’t rule out coming back this offseason. we’ll see what happens

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