Take a look at the production from the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation. So far they are hanging in the race at 24-28. If they continue to pitch like this they are no joke. I feel pretty comfortable calling it a four team race. The Pirates have allowed the fewest runs of any NL Central team. They have also scored the fewest with a weak 194. If they add a bat or two they could be an interesting team to watch.
Brandon Crawford made his first appearance in the big leagues at short stop for the Giants. His first major league hit was a grand slam. He chased starter Shaun Marcum who took the loss. He is now 6-2, 2.80. Marcum pitched very well leading up to the big shot.
Richard Weeks gave the Crew an early lead with a 2 run home run. Sadly it did not last.
Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, a documented weed smoker, pitched seven solid innings to improve to 5-4, 2. 22. He was seen staring at the racing sausages.
The Brewers threatened to tie it in the 8th but Prince Fielder got gunned down at the plate. Richard Weeks struck out in the 9th with the tie run on second to end it.
Milwaukee 4 San Francisco 5
The Brewers dropped to 27-24 and ended a 6 game win streak.
While the NFL slowly makes its fans hate them with the lockout Hall of Fame QB John Elway is making news out of nothing. There is Denver punk band called “Elway.” It seems John Elway, current V.P. of the Broncos doesn’t like there name. He had his lawyer recommend that they stop using that name. You can see the entire post here.
This was the band’s response.
“We have no intention of changing the name again. We love the name, regardless of what connotations are inferred by the listener. Surely, if the Dead Kennedys could become one of punk’s most popular bands without incurring litigation, Elway can keep their moniker and continue making so-so music for our dozens of fans to enjoy.”
Click right here to listen to the band.
If you want to see the other band that is probably also named after him click on this bad boy.
I have been pretty mouthy about the opinion that Carlos Gomez should be left alone in center. Given his limitations offensively he still makes a huge impact on the game. It probably though has a lot more to do with the limitations Mark Kotsay has in center. I am somewhat supportive of Nyjer Morgan filling that slot. He is good on defense although not close to Gomez. The drop off is made up with what he can contribute with the bat. Today’s lineup tells me the brain trust has given up looking at Gomez as a full time player.
2B Richard Weeks
RF Corey Hart
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
C Jon Lucroy
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
CF Nyjer Morgan
P Shaun Marcum
The Giants come to town for the first time. The World champs lead there division. They do have some problems however. They have recently been slammed by injuries. They lost there big time catcher Buster Posey to a leg fracture and have a short stop making his first appearance in the majors today. The Giants obviously have incredible pitching but I think the Crew is going to keep rolling. Should be a fun series.
CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
LF Pat Burrell
1B Aubrey Huff
RF Nate Schierholtz
3B Miguel Tejada
SS Brandon Crawford
C Eli Whiteside
P Tim Lincecum
No Brewers game today.
The Macho Man was a very popular icon of professional wrestling. I was never much of a wrestling fan but still I know him very well. Looking back at him he was at least a little entertaining. When he passed last week I did a little searching around about him. His real name was Randy Mario Poffo.
Randy was 6’1, 195 as an 18 year old. Now check this ditty out.
Randy Poffo had a dream. Although his was not as good as Martin Luther King’s dream. It was still pretty cool. The “Macho Youngster” wanted to be a major league baseball player.
Poffo has been described as a very versatile, athletic ball player. He played mostly outfield but also played first base, catcher and DH. He played for four minor league seasons beginning his career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 1971.
Randy was a switch hitter who had a career batting average of .254. He also hit 16 ding dongs and had a career fielding percentage of .951.
Check out his entire baseball career here.
The Brewers claimed utility man Josh Wilson from the Diamondbacks. He is a decent fielder and does not hit much. He will be called up on Friday to join Craig Counsell as infield depth. He is right handed and will probably take Mike Rivera’s place on the roster. Nyjer Morgan is also expected back on Friday which hopefully means the end to Mark Kotsay in center. It is being speculated that Brandon Boggs will be sent down.
The victory train continued today.
Milwaukee Brewer ace Zack Greinke went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs. He struck out 10 and lowered his era to 5.79. He is 3-1. New Brewer buzz kill Michael Morse followed last night’s grand slam with a 3 run shot in the fourth. The buzz returned in the 5th when Greinke blasted a dong of his own to put the Crew back on top 4-3.
Ryan Braun did not get thrown out of the game today. That is good as he reached base in all four plate appearances.
Prince Fielder wrestled the team lead in rbi away from Braun. Prince went 2-2 with 4 rbi and now leads the NL with 41. Braun and Fielder combined for a .1000 on base percentage today.
Former Brewer fan favorite Todd Coffey came in for Washington in the 7th. He sprinted to the mound in 13.45 seconds according to Corey Provus and Bob Uecker.
That Michael Morse dude came to the plate as the lead run in the 8th. Nice try but Kameron Loe, owner of a boa constrictor named Angel, struck him out.
Carlos Gomez who is an incredible defensive center fielder sat on the bench again and watched Mark Kotsay go 0-3. Kotsay is now batting .237.
Kam Loe retired the last four batters and notched his first save. It appears manager Ron Roenicke wanted to give John Axford a day off.
The final was 6-4.
34,419 people attended the game at Miller Park today. Not bad on a Wednesday afternoon in May. The Brewers are 12th in MLB in home attendance. That puts them ahead of the New York Mets and Chicago White Sox. Milwaukee is averaging nearly 10 thousand more fans per contest than the defending division champ Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee reaches 4 games above .500 for the first time this year. They are 27-23 and are now an impressive 19-6 at home. It was the 9th straight win at home and 6th straight overall. Today’s victory completed there second consecutive sweep.