Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Just Stay Down Damn It"

I think that was the message the Brewers sent the Cards in the 10th inning. Everyone has seen a fight where the guy getting beat won't admit it, and finally ,the other guy has to say it, "Just stay down damn it." To me that was what the Brewers were doing with those 3 runs in the 10th.

Not a bad first game to the series. McClung did what McClung does, giving the Brewers a solid start, giving up his usual 2 runs (in 6 of his starts he has given up 2 runs.). If not for a rough 9th inning he would have gotten the win. But the important thing is they won his start. The Platoon is now 1-0.

The Brewers Offense up to the 10th inning did just enough, letting the Cards - who were aided by a number of really good defensive plays - off the hook more than once. The Crew should have had at least 2 runs in the second inning after hitting balls hard, but right at people.

For those of you keeping track, that was the second time Rickie Weeks has hit a home run into "Big Mac Land" in St Louis. He did it as a rookie in the old Busch, but the Crew lost that game so it was a much better result tonight.

You have to give Credit to Ned. When he is lucky, he is lucky. Not only did playing Rickie and Billy pay off but he got away with using Mota and Gagne back to back in the 6th and 7th. I cannot comment on how either pitched because I turned the game off for both of those half innings. I could not take the strain. (turned it back on to watch the Crew bat in both innings).

So now the Crew is in a tie for 2nd and gained another game on the Cubs who are finding life on the road a bit tougher than playing all their games in the dump against the Pirates. They wasted seven innings of one hit ball by their new hired gun and lost 2-0 to the Snakes in the Desert. Tell me they are not hearing footsteps.

Okay, winning the opening game does a lot of good things for the Crew. They only have to win 1 of 3 to get a split on the road, or 2 of 3 for a nice 3 and 1 road series. They have also pulled within one game of having a .500 road record. Four wins in a row on the road will do that for you. What a difference a year makes.

The Crew has to make a decision today with Suppan coming off the DL to start in tonight's game. Someone from the pen has to go. I hope it's Mota.

If they send Stetter down and keep Mota up, I will be very angry and will pout all day.

On to tonight's game:

Suppan vs. Loshe at New Busch Stadium

First pitch is at 7:15pm CDT


Even with game one in the win column this is still an important game. A win tonight with CC and Sheets going in the last two does not bode well for the Cards. Hopefully the time off has gotten Suppan back to his early season form. As the magic run has to end for the Cards, so does the magic run for Loshe. So why not now with the Brewers?

We have a chance to put the Cards in our rear-view mirror. Let's take that chance. The Cubs still have two in the desert. They are 1 and 3 on this trip. The Crew is playing very good baseball right now they are 13 games over .500 and riding a 5 game winning streak; 4 and 0 in the the "second" half with all 4 victories on the road.

It just feels like it's coming together for the Crew. A bull-pen tweak or two and I think we are ready for the run to September.

Lets start tonight let's but the Cards in a 2 game series hole and take over 2nd place all by ourselves.

Hurray Beer,

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