Brewers spoil late scoring chances in loss to KC

June 13, 2012

> I thought the Brewers would be able to sweep the Royals in this three-game series. Well, you can scratch that.

> The Brewers fell to the Royals tonight, 2-1, in a game that was pretty embarrassing on many different levels. The headline was Zack Greinke’s return to Kansas City for the first time since being traded to the Brewers in December of 2010. But, by the late innings, that was merely a side-note after all of the other things that took place.

Alex Gordon hit a lead-off homerun off Greinke in the first inning on a 3-2 pitch. And this was no cheap shot, considering it sailed into the waterfall of Kauffman Stadium.

After that, though, Royals starter Luis Mendoza stole the show. Of course, Mendoza was a starter who was making his first start since returning from the bullpen, so naturally he had to dominate the Brewers. And he did just that, firing six no-hit innings to start the game. The Brewers broke up the no-hit bid in the seventh on what would have been an infield single for Ryan Braun, but he wound up reaching third base, courtesy of some little league work by the Royals’ infield. Mendoza then walked Aramis Ramirez, which prompted the sometimes quick hook of ex-Brewer manager Ned Yost. So Mendoza was pulled after 6+ innings, giving up just one hit- the infield single to Braun- while walking two and striking out four.

But the Brewers nearly left that inning without scoring. Taylor Green flew out to the left fielder Gordon for the first out, but Braun tried to tag up, and was thrown out at home by Gordon. Ramirez advanced to third on the play. Then, Rickie Weeks came through against reliever Aaron Crow with a game-tying, RBI single.

That was all the Brewers would get. They eventually lost the lead in the eighth inning, and I shouldn’t even need to tell you who gave it up. Francisco Rodriguez gave up the go-ahead RBI single to Billy Butler.

The Brewers had runners on third in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but failed to drive in any of those runners. Royals closer Jonathan Broxton made it interesting in the ninth, giving up a lead-off single to Ramirez. After that, he struck out Green, but then gave up an infield single to Weeks. Broxton struck out George Kottaras, and induced a Brooks Conrad groundout to end the game.

> This game was an example of some classic Ron Roenicke management. He removed Greinke after seven nice innings, despite the fact his pitch count was only 105. After Greinke was removed, announcer Brian Anderson said that “pitch count got him tonight.” No, Brian. Ron Roenicke management got him. Roenicke needs to learn that a 105 pitch count really isn’t that high, even in this day and age. If Greinke was at 110 pitches or higher after seven, then sure, I could understand not putting him back out for the eighth. But you see all of these pitchers (from other teams) nowadays going the distance using 120-130 pitches. Roenicke barely lets our guys touch 100 pitches, and it’s driving me insane. By the way, it’s worth noting that a Brewer pitcher hasn’t thrown a complete game since April of 2011- the first win of the 2011 season.

Next up is Ron’s pinch-hitting selection in the ninth inning. I’m not going to blame him for using Kottaras, but, in reality, he hasn’t done crap since April. So he isn’t that “reliable, clutch bat off the bench” anymore. But I AM going to blame him for using Conrad as the last batter of the game with a man on third. Conrad was batting .081 going into the at-bat, so the game was obviously over before he even stepped in the batter’s box. Anybody would have been better than Conrad in that situation.

Lastly, the use of the bullpen, which sort of ties in to the Greinke situation. Not only did Roenicke remove Greinke, he removed Greinke in favor of Rodriguez. At this point, every time K-Rod enters a game, you can just consider it a loss, whether it’s tied or the Brewers have the lead. His 0-4 record should tell the story of how bad he’s been, although he’s actually blown more games than that.

> And that’s about it. The Brewers will play the second game of this series tomorrow at 7:10 PM CT. They’ll send Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.45 ERA) to the mound, who has been pretty bad overall this year, but is coming off a nice start against the Cubs. The Royals are one of the few teams he’s never faced in his career.

The Royals will counter with Luke Hochevar (3-7, 6.57 ERA). If the Brewers can’t beat this guy, we might as well call it a season. However, I predicted today that the Brewers would hammer Mendoza, and he nearly no-hit them. So I’m done making predictions for now.

> Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.


Braun’s deadline extended

February 15, 2012

> Can’t we just hear the results already?

It was announced earlier today that Shyam Das, the panel chairman for this case, has been given more time to decide the fate of Ryan Braun, and whether or not he’ll start the season with a 50-game suspension.

Honestly, I have no idea what’s taking so long. To me, it’s a simple decision- the drug test, which tested positive, was legitimate, or it was defective. There’s probably much more to it than that, but how much more? It couldn’t be that much.

But something has to be going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about. My guess is, by now, that the people in charge of the case are arguing amongst themselves about whether or not Braun should be given another test, or at least something along those lines. I don’t know what else would be making this whole process take so long.

I’ve been saying this all along, but the test was clearly wrong in the first place. Twice the amount of testosterone than the previous record was? I’m not doctor, but if it were truly that much, I’m pretty sure Braun wouldn’t even be alive, if not very ill. But who knows- that could be another thing the arbitrators are discussing, which would be why it’s taking so long.

This better be resolved by the time Spring Training games start, at least. I don’t want the pressure of this thing to be on Braun for all of Spring Training, because odds are it’ll affect his performance.

Heck, they might as well start a new case for how long this case itself is allowed to last.

> But here’s one case that didn’t take very long- less than a day, in fact. Reliever Jose Veras lost his arbitration against the Brewers today, and will earn $2 million in 2012.

In my opinion, Veras wasn’t worth going all the way to arbitration with in the first place. The gap between what the Brewers offered and what Veras wanted wasn’t very wide at all, at just $375,000, but for some reason they couldn’t come to an agreement. Veras should just be happy to be with a team that has a chance at contending, though. It’s kind of a shame that everyone (or at least most players) in baseball nowadays only cares about the money, no matter what the amount is.

But I’m glad the Brewers at least won this case. It wouldn’t have made them look very good to have lost an arbitration case to a 31-year old reliever who has averaged over four walks per nine innings in has career, and has just had a mediocre career overall.

> The Royals picked up Ned Yost’s 2013 option today. Sometimes I wonder what direction that franchise is headed.

> The Pirates and Yankees are still talking about an AJ Burnett trade, and it appears to be becoming more likely, as the Indians were counted as contenders for Burnett earlier today. (They nearly traded Travis Hafner for him…)

Anyway, it sounds like the Pirates are still just arguing with the Yankees about the amount of Burnett’s salary they’ll have to eat up. The Yankees are willing to take a lot of it, but my guess is that the Pirates will probably have to take at least a third of the salary.

> And that’s about it. Slightly more of a news day than yesterday, at least.

By the way, I’ll probably have a post up on Reviewing the Brew tomorrow. I’m still trying to think of a topic, but I’ll have one by tomorrow night.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.

Sveum to be Cubs’ new manager…

November 18, 2011

> Starting tomorrow, the Brewers will need to search for a new hitting coach. Unfortunately, the circumstances behind this are worse than I thought they would be.

> The Cubs have hired Dale Sveum as their new manager. Sveum had been on the Brewers’ coaching staff since 2006, and most recently served as the hitting coach. He has little managerial experience at the Major League level, managing the last 12 games of the 2008 season to get the Brewers into the playoffs after Ned Yost was fired.

There are two reasons I’m not particularly happy with this. First off, it’s the Cubs, which speaks for itself. But, the second (and much worse) reason is that Sveum knows the Brewers’ hitters very well, having worked with them as the hitting coach over the past few years. This could make the divisional match-ups with the Cubs tough for the Brewers, if Sveum has the Cubs pitchers pitch the Brewers the right way (which, if you haven’t noticed by now, is keep throwing sliders down and away).

But, pitching is the Cubs’ weakness, as they had problems in both their rotation and bullpen last year. And I doubt Sveum knows the first thing about pitching, which is probably a good thing.

> Anyway, onto some other Brewers news. Since I couldn’t post last night because of my bad Internet connection, you may see some of yesterday’s news as well.

> The Brewers are apparently in the mix for free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who has played for the Phillies for the past few years. I definitely didn’t see this coming, but I guess nearly anything is an upgrade from Yuniesky Betancourt.

I’ve heard that Rollins, who is 32, is looking for a five-year deal.

Wait, a five-year deal?

Jimmy, let’s return to reality for a second: there isn’t a chance that you’re getting a five-year deal. Not only is Rollins 32 years old, but he’s also on a decline in his career. His numbers weren’t awful in 2011- 16 homers, 63 RBIs, and a .268 batting average- but at the same time, it’s much worse than the MVP candidate he used to be. Plus, his defense is getting a little sluggish, which isn’t something the Brewers need.

So I guess I’ll just say that I don’t want the Brewers to sign Rollins. If it happens, I probably wouldn’t care too much because his name isn’t Yuniesky Betancourt. But he isn’t getting a five-year deal with any team, no matter what- that’s a fact.

> Doug Melvin announced today that he’s interested in extending starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, both of whom were acquired in trades prior to the 2011 season. Both Greinke and Marcum’s contracts end after next year, so now would probably be the best time to extend them both.

Greinke went 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA in 2011. That 3.83 ERA actually wasn’t bad, considering his ERA at the All-Star break was 5.66, and he had a great second half. But, the one thing I wasn’t too impressed with was that he never finished the eighth inning in any of his starts. Part of that is because Ron Roenicke appears to hate complete games (and other long starts in general), but still. Greinke was a horse with the Royals, and he needs to be with the Brewers as well.

But, the first step for him next year will be not playing any pickup basketball during Spring Training.

Marcum, on the other hand, left a bad taste in Brewers fans’ mouths with has awful postseason performance, but he actually had a great year. He went 13-7 with a 3.54 ERA, and that ERA had been lower until a bad September in which his ERA was 5.17. But, if he can clear his mind this offseason, he should be able to rebound and get back to form next year. And to all the haters- he is not the next Jeff Suppan. There isn’t one pitcher on the Brewers right now that I would compare to Suppan (and that includes Kameron Loe, which is going pretty far for me).

> And that’s about all the Brewers news. But, before I go, here’s some surprising news that MLB released today…

> There could be two Wild Cards for each league as early as 2012. This change wasn’t expected until 2013 at the earliest, but there’s Bud Selig for you. Anyway, this means that there would be a one-game playoff between the two Wild Card teams to see who gets to play a division winner.

> The Astros have agreed to move to the AL West, probably in 2013. This would even out the leagues at 15 teams each, but there would also have to be an Interleague game every day.

And this is more classic Selig. So he moves the Brewers from the AL to the NL in 1998, only to move the Astros from the NL to the AL in 2012. Doesn’t make much sense, but I guess I’m happy the Brewers are in the NL instead of AL.

> Oh, and Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young Award. That was pretty much a given since he won the Triple Crown. But, so far I’ve gotten all of my major award predictions right. Hopefully that continues….

> And that’s all I’ve got. Feel free to leave thoughts, if you have any.

Sveum considered front-runner for Sox managerial position

November 5, 2011

> The Brewers could soon be saying their farewells to their long-time hitting coach, Dale Sveum. Sveumer- a nickname he’s earned over the years in Milwaukee- is considered by many sources to be the primary candidate to occupy Boston’s managerial vacancy, which was left by Terry Francona. In my opinion, Francona didn’t need to be fired, but, after a collapse like the Sox had in September, something had to be done.

Anyway, back to Sveum. He was the third base coach for the Red Sox back in 2004- one of their World Series years- and 2005. He actually received a lot of criticism due to the rate of runners, who were sent by him, getting thrown out at home. But that doesn’t faze him, apparently.

After Ned Yost was fired with 12 games left to go in 2008 season, the Brewers’ most recent playoff year before 2011, Sveum took over for those 12 games, and the Brewers went 7-5 under his management. But that’s his only managing experience in the Majors.

I guess I wouldn’t mind Sveum leaving- it wouldn’t kill the Brewers. It’s always tough to tell if a hitting coach is doing his job (unless you’re a fan of a team like the Padres, Mariners, Athletics, and so on), but my biggest question for him, at least in 2011, is this- why couldn’t he get Casey McGehee out of his season-long slump? That’s what hitting coaches are there for. But I guess that wouldn’t matter much in Boston- most of the guys over there can already hit, and Sveum wouldn’t even be the hitting coach.

Anyway, if the rumors are true, goodbye and good luck to Sveum- he had a decent run as the hitting coach over here.

> Apparently Matt Kemp, the Dodgers’ star outfielder who is probably Ryan Braun’s biggest competition for the NL MVP this year, thinks that his team will be able to lure Prince Fielder over to Los Angeles this offseason. Here were his exact words:

“Every team can use another big bat, more offense would help us out. We lost a lot of one-run runs (don’t know if that’s a typo, but it’s what the quote says). One more big bat, we’d be more dangerous. Why not do it?”

To answer his question, “why not do it,” here’s the answer- your team is financially devastated.

I’m sorry, but I can’t see it happening. Sure, Fielder would be a decent fit over there, since James Loney proved his uselessness over the course of the 2011 season. But, the Dodgers aren’t even owned by a specific person or group right now, as the whole Frank McCourt episode just ended. It’s going to take time to recover form that, so I just can’t see any huge signings from the Dodgers- at least not early on this offseason.

Plus, despite the fact Fielder is friends with Kemp, Fielder has had his history of bad blood with the Dodgers. Of course, nobody can forget the time he tried to break into the Dodgers’ clubhouse a few years back after being drilled by ex-Brewer Guillermo Mota (who now pitches for the Giants). And, there was an episode earlier this year in a Spring Training game against the Dodgers, when Fielder charged the mound in defense of his teammate, McGehee.

So that’s my reasoning. I just can’t see it happening, with both the financial situation of the Dodgers, and the bad blood.

> The Brewers are going to have to look for a new radio voice to call games alongside Hall of Famer Bob Uecker. As of yesterday, Cory Provus, Uecker’s companion in the radio booth since 2009, had joined the Twins as their lead radio broadcaster.

I don’t listen to games very often on the radio, unless I don’t have access to a TV. But, I’m going to miss Provus; I thought he did a decent job with the Brewers.

Anyway, as for Uecker, who turns 77 in January, he’s already announced that he’s going to be back in the booth for the 2012 season. Which is a good thing, because I can’t imagine Brewers baseball without him, at least not yet.

> So I heard a rumor from a friend today at school about the Brewers possibly signing Jose Reyes. He said he heard about a five-year, $120 million deal.

No idea where, though. When I got home, I looked all over and couldn’t find any rumor like that anywhere.

I’m guessing he was either making it up, or heard something wrong. First off, it’s too early in the offseason to even be talking about deals of that caliber, especially with the top players in the free agent pool- I expect some of them to be out there for a month, maybe even two.

But, if this rumor does turn out to be true, I certainly wouldn’t have an issue with it.

> Anyway, that’s about all the Brewers news I’ve got. Before I go, here’s the Hot Stove news from today:

> Jim Thome is going back to the Phillies. Wow.

Thome re-joined another one of his former teams, the Indians, last year after a trade from the Twins, and now he’s going back to the Phillies. It’s going to be nostalgic for Phillies fans, obviously. But honestly, what was Ruben Amaro Jr. thinking?

Thome’s primary position has been designated hitter over the past few years. The problem? The Phillies aren’t in the AL. I don’t know what position he’s going to play, other than being a power threat from the left side off the bench. Maybe some first base with Ryan Howard out for the first few months of the season, but note that Thome has only played 28 defensive innings since 2007- and he’s 41.

But hey- they’re the Phillies. They always seem to know what their doing.

> The Orioles still can’t find a GM. Apparently there’s nobody out there willing to take on the task of bringing the term “winning” back to Baltimore. But can you blame them? It would probably take three years, maybe two at the earliest, to get that team back on track and in contention.

> The Blue Jays acquired reliever Trystan Magnuson from the Athletics earlier today. He put up a 6.14 ERA in nine Major League relief appearances this year.

And that’s all. Not much news today, but the Thome signing really caught me off guard. I’m curious to see how that turns out.

La Russa getting gas from everyone- even his own fans?

August 11, 2011

2:26p This doesn’t really have much to do with the Brewers, but this topic caught my eye earlier today, and I just want to put it out there.

So, as Brewers fans, we all know Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has pretty much ruined his reputation with his actions during the last Cards-Brewers series at Miller Park. First, he accused the Brewers of “sign-stealing” and manipulating the lighting while the Cardinals were batting. So, in other words, he was saying the Brewers are cheating at home and their record at home, which has the best winning percentage in baseball, is all a fluke.

La Russa even filed a formal complaint to MLB over it. That was when I started to realize he had issues. But it wouldn’t stop there.

MLB dismissed La Russa’s idiotic complaint, like they should have. But, La Russa had to take it to another level.

The next day, Brewers reliever Takashi Saito was in a seventh inning jam with Albert Pujols batting. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy set up for a pitch inside, but the pitch took off on Saito and hit Pujols in the wrist. This was clearly unintentional, because Saito was in a jam with no outs and just trying to make a big pitch. Plus, what on earth would a Japanese reliever who has never even pitched in the NL Central before this year have against Pujols, or the Cardinals in general?

But, in the next inning, La Russa struck again.

La Russa decided to stick with reliever Jason Motte, who had pitched the inning before, to pitch against Ryan Braun. Motte threw a ball outside to Braun for the first pitch. Then, he came inside on the second pitch. I thought the inside pitch was just a pitch that got away from him, but those thoughts were erased after the next pitch.

Sure enough, Motte hit Braun. Intentionally. I don’t give a crap if La Russa says they didn’t hit him intentionally. It’s obvious. We aren’t stupid. Even last night, MLB Network hosts Mitch Williams and Ahmed Fareed were getting on La Russa for saying that he didn’t hit him intentionally.

But, after that incident, I noticed there were some Cardinals fans saying stuff like, “Why were the Brewers coming out of the dugout, expecting a fight a to go down? Give me a break.” Well, genius Cardinals fans, think about this. If we accidentally hit your star player, and you intentionally hit our star player, you expect the Brewers not to react? What planet are you guys from? If you know anything about baseball, you’d know that’s how the game works most of the time.

Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, La Russa completely freaked out at a Milwaukee reporter and said something along the lines of, “We didn’t intentionally hit him, but we were trying to send a message.” That’s like saying, “I accidentally spilled a drink on your carpet, but I did it on purpose.” (That was a bad comparison, but you get the point.) But that’s something I’ve noticed about La Russa, and even a few Cardinals fans: they love to contradict themselves. I don’t know why, but it’s true.

Anyway, that’s pretty much the entire story. But now, I’m going to get to the point about La Russa.

I was browsing through a Cardinals’ blog earlier today (sometimes I like looking at the rival blogs). The post was defending La Russa or something like that, and I looked at the comments of it. All the comments were bashing La Russa and saying things like, “We’re sick of his whining” or “I can’t stand him.” Assuming they were Brewers fans, I nearly replied to agree with them. Then, I noticed that they were Cardinals fans. That was a first for me. I had never seen fans over their a team hate their manager, who just so happens to be one of the best winning managers in baseball.

Now, I’m not saying that I had never heard fans complaining about their manager before. I was one of the Brewers fans who hated both Ken Macha and Ned Yost. But it was because they had no idea how to win games. At least La Russa knows how to win games, yet his fans hate him.

Anyway, that’s about it. I just found that interesting. I don’t know who La Russa thinks he is, but apparently he’s not realizing that he’s driving away his own fans.

McGehee, Brewers offense stick it to La Russa, Cards in finale

August 3, 2011

4:15p The game today made me feel much better about the game last night.

Cardinals-Brewers Wrap-Up

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.

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.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 11 1
Milwaukee Brewers 3 0 2 0 2 2 1 0 X 10 15 1

Milwaukee Brewers

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
Total 36 10 15 8 1 6 13

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).

Milwaukee Brewers

Randy Wolf (W, 8-8) 6.0 9 5 5 2 2 1 3.61
Kameron Loe 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.15
LaTroy Hawkins 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.83
John Axford 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.41

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.