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Milwaukee Brewers: Off to a Great start in 2014

11 Apr

The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a terrific start in the baseball season this year. They are currently 7-2. They have just swept 2 road series from the Philadelphia Phillies and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox for a 6-0 road trip.
And they return home tonight leading the NL Central early in the season at 7-2 to play the Pittsburgh Pirates currently in second place at 6-3 which should be a great early season series against the Pirates who made the playoffs last year.
Following that series the Brewers will play the St Louis Cardinals who are currently 5-4 and the defending National League champions.

So what is happening with theBrewers success? A little of everything. According to Brewers Manager “A little of everything” Adam McCalvy MLB.com

The pitching has been great as Milwaukee starting pitchers have not surrendered more than 3 runs in an individual start. And Brewer relievers haven’t allowed more than one earned run in 21 2/3 innings for a Major League best 0.98 era. Marco Estrada allowed only two runs in a six inning performance Thursday night against the Phillies. MLB.com statistics.

And the Brewers are hitting the ball quite well. Ryan Braun came to Philadelphia with all the boos from his HGH use and lying and hit three home runs in the first game there.. While we cant forget what he did or said, if he is clean his performance and natural talent is impressive and backs up his 2011 NL MVP. Other big hitters include Aramis Ramirez, Khris Davis, Jonathon Lucroy and Carlos Gomez..

So it is a team effort and the Brewers 2 losses weren’t that bad losing 5-2 an1-0 to the Braves last week. In fact other than a 7-6 win over the Red Sox last Saturday, the Brewers have given up 4 or less runs in 7 of their 9 games.

So we’ll see what happens going forward, and it’s only April. But the Brewers are playing very well and off to a hot start in the NL Central. Go Brewers!


Brewers gutsy 8-5 comeback win vs Nationals

5 Aug

For six innings on Sunday August 4th it was another ho hum game for the struggling Milwaukee Brewers who had lost three straight games, had a record of 46-64 and are in last place in the NL Central, two games behind the Chicago Cubs.
And the Brewers are 20 games behind the division leading Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brewers have had a lot of injuries and are playing with a lot of young call up players.
But in a game that I went to see at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the Brewers were trailing the Washington Nationals 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. And all of a sudden with some timely hitting and running led by a soft bloop over the second baseman by Jeff Bianchi which led to two runs to give the Brewers the lead. And the Brewers would go on to win the game 8-5.
The Brewers even got a lucky break when a hit in the inning by Frank Fransisco appeared to go foul in front of the first base bag and Nationals first baseman Dave LaRoche who protested the call on what became a key RBI groundout in the pivotal sixth inning.
“ I thought it was foul” LaRoche protested to no avail. “Close but foul” he said “But it was a bad break he continued.
Meanwhile on the Brewers side, Jeff Bianchi was more positive on the winning side saying “It’s always good to put up a crooked number like that, a five spot, especially late in a ballgame. Good things happen when you battle.”
Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse who struggled early in the game giving up three second inning runs, but took a no decision added “We could have just rolled over, and we didn’t do that and beat a pretty good team. “We’re going to be playing teams that have a chance at the playoffs and we’ve got to take pride in making them feel what we’re feeling right now “, which is struggling but continuing to play hard the rest of the season.
Quotes in article from Kevin Massoth/MLB.com

For me personally I saw the Brewers win in person for the second time in a row dating back to my most recent Brewers game in September 2011, when the Brew Crew beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on the way to the 2011 NL Central title. There will be no division title or playoff appearance for the Brewers this year, but on this Sunday afternoon it was very nice to see them get an exciting scrappy come from behind win while I was at the game. And hopefully some continued success for this young and never quitting team. Best wishes and Go Brewers! I have never given up on them and it’s nice to see them not give up on themselves. Doc.

Milwaukee Brewers are making some exciting pitching moves in preparing for the 2013 Baseball Season

4 Dec


Brewers sweep NL Central Division leading Reds with 3-2 comeback win

9 Aug

The Milwaukee Brewers are an ordinary 51-59. The Cincinatti Reds were 66-44 coming into the game today and hoping not to be swept by a Milwaukee Brewers team that has been up and down all season. In Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon, the Reds led 2-0 before the Brewers Carlos Gomes hit a sixth inning homer to make it 2-1 Reds. In the bottom of the eighth the Brewers right fielder had an infield hit with two outs off Red reliever Jonathon Broxton a new Reds pickup from the KC Royals. He stole second and made it to third on a throwing error by the Reds catcher Dioneer Navarro.

Then Carlos Gomez came up again and got a base hit and stole second. That was followed by 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun getting out of an 0-18 slump with a double to drive in Gomez and a 3-2 Brewers lead.

New Brewers closer Jim Henderson came in for the save and the no quit Brewers had an impressive sweep over the NL Central Division leading Cincinatti Reds now 66-45. It doesn’t mean much in the standing as the Brewers are 14’5 games behind the Reds. But they showed no quitting in beating a good Reds team. Also they found a new closer the last couple nights in Jim Henderson. And rookie Jean Segura made his debut at shortstop in the Reds series and got his first base hit in the major leagues  on Wednesday.  Segura was one of the minor leagures that came over in the Zach Greinke trade with the Angels. Just imagine someday if he gets a lot of hits I can recall Segura getting his first major league hit. Pretty special along with the Brewers win. 

I enjoy watching the Brewers play win or lose. They are my hometown team and they play in a small market in baseball without a salary cap. That is why I have liked them unconditionally for years. When they win it is always a special treat whether I’m at the game or watching at home. Thanks for reading always and best wishes. Bratman

I went to a college minor league game on Tuesday night north of Milwaukee

8 Aug

Tuesday night I went to a collegiate minor league game north of Milwaukee to support a long time friend who has helped me with my love of sports and works in sports marketing. In the last few years he has been part of a group that has started a summer collegiate team called the Lakeshore Chinooks that is playing in its first year. The team is partially owned by Milwaukee Brewers legend and Hall of Famer Robin Yount and longtime Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker.

A few years ago I went to a planning  session with my friend at Concordia College in Mequon, Wisconsin where the team is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The team plays at Kapco Park and is very much a minor league atmosphere similar to the Beloit Snappers a professional minor league team where I have attended minor league games in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Minor League or Summer Collegiate baseball doesn’t have the same talent as the major leagues. But the love of the game is on the field and in the stands and they have promotional contests between innings that the fans can participate in. And its a lot cheaper to go to the games.

The Chinooks were a .500 team coming into the game Tuesday night and only have 5 games left. They lost this game 7-4. It was a 2-1 game going to the bottom of the seventh and they had the tying run on but couldn’t push it across. A five run inning by their opponent the Madison Mallards made it a 7-1 lead before the Chinooks made it a 7-4 final with three runs too late in the bottom of the ninth.

The Chinnoks are out of the playoff race but it was fun to watch. The players with college eligibility are unpaid unlike the professional minor leagues. They come from all over the country and different schools to play in a summer league like this. One of the Chinooks players is also the nephew of Robin Yount as well.

It was a fun and interesting evening to watch some different baseball. On the way home I listened to the major league Milwaukee Brewers defeat the NL Central leading Cincinatti Reds 3-1 for the second night in a row across town at Miller Park in Milwaukee. So it was a really good night for baseball and enjoyable as well to see something new. Best wishes always and talk soon. Bratman