Thursday’s Game: Brewers 1, Giants 7
—Manny Parra’s season started rough, as he gave up five earned runs in fewer than five innings of work to take the loss in Thursday’s rubber match. A Jason Kendall sac fly delivered Milwaukee’s only run, but Mike Cameron tallied two hits and a walk in the contest. One of Cameron’s hits struck Giants pitcher Joe Martinez in the side of the head. The Brewers now head to Milwaukee for the home opener.
—Miller Park Drunk has a guide for home opener etiquette.
—Home opener rituals or holy day rituals? C’mon! Home opener rituals! Your deity of choice wants you to be happy.
—American Dan thinks Milwaukee will win the division and gives us 10 reasons to support his claim.
—Do you recognize the guy next to Michael Jordan in this picture? Hint: He’s more disciplined at the plate than you’d think. h/t Brew Crew Ball.
—The Rattlers came from behind to win their first game as a Brewers affiliate. Cody Scarpetta fanned eight over four innings of work.
—The Post-Crescent has a cool feature on former Brewers prospect, and current Rattlers hitting coach, Matt Erickson.
—This just in, the Timber Rattlers have gained popularity due to the new affiliation with the Brewers.
—Jeremy Jeffress hit 102 mph with a fastball in 2007, and Huntsville fans should expect similarly fast things from the promising hurler this season.
—The Nashville Sounds begin the 2009 season with a fully functional scoreboard, different owners, a new manager, and absolutely no facial hair.
—Baseball America has a roster analysis for NL Central affiliates.
—The disabled list is a possibility for Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, who left Tuesday’s game with a sore shoulder.
—Hillshire Farms will reportedly release a Miller High Life brand of beer brats.
—Old news by now, but worth mentioning. Angels starter Nick Adenhart was killed in a hit and run auto accident early Thursday morning just hours after tossing six shutout innings against the A’s. Two other passengers also died in the wreck. The suspect was apprehended and is suspected of driving under the influence. Thoughts and condolences go out to the families of Adenhart and the other victims during this tragic time.
—A blogger wrote a touching tribute to Henry Pearson, who also died in the accident.
Enjoy the home opener all. We’ll be there, so keep an eye out for our flag. We’d love if you came by and said hey. Make your Brewers proud by failing to stoop to the common Cub fan’s violent and annoying ways.