Thursday, May 29, 2008
I'll take 2 out of 3 from Atlanta
I have to say I am very pleased we took 2 of 3 from Atlanta to start this home stand, they came in to Miller Park somewhat hot and have the leagues best hitter Chipper Jones who left Milwaukee with a nice .420 batting average as he continues to "flirt" with .400 and try to become the first player to hit over.400 for a season since 1941 when Ted Williams did it. But anyway, the Brewers won the last game in Washington and the first two of this series and had a nice 3 game win streak with a chance at a sweep and of course what happened in the series finale? They lost. For some reason the Brewers always seem quite capable of winning the first 2 games of a series and then hardly even bother to show up in the final game, as the Braves whooped them today 8-1. I don't know why but it just bugs the shit out of me that this team can't ever seem to convert sweeps when they are right in front of them. Seth McClung who looked great in his first start as a Brewer was the exact opposite today going only 4 2/3 innings giving up 8 hits, 6 earned runs and 6 walks. Ouch! Not very good, I'm willing to give Seth at least two more starts to really see what we do or don't have in him as a starter. But after that, it may be time to see if Jeff Weaver has anything to give. One bright spot from today's game, "3TO" Russell Branyan hit a solo HR his first of the season and in true Branyan fashion also struck out and walked. Well the Astros now come into town for a 3 game series starting tomorrow. Game 1 will feature LHP Manny Parra (2-2, 5.11) for the Brewers against RHP Brandon Backe (4-5, 4.19) for the Astros. I'm gonna hope for a sweep, but I'll take 2 out of 3. I will be at Miller Park for Sunday's game in the right field bleachers, which is Ryan Braun bobblehead day. It's gonna be awesome! Go Brewers!