—Monday night was an interesting game. The offense was homer happy early with taters from Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, and Mike Cameron. The bullpen gave up the lead in the top half of the eighth. The Crew then came out, batted around in the bottom half and gave the team a 10-5 lead. Trevor Hoffman came on and worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to secure the victory.
—The Brewers have now won 16 straight against the Pirates at Miller and 13 overall.
—Brewers starter Braden Looper wasn’t as sharp as he had been. That being said, he did strike out seven batters and put the Brewers in decent position to win the game.
—During Bruan’s second at-bat he was clearly hit by Pirates starter Jeff Karstens. Both benches were warned and nothing further happened during the game. That being said, it’s certainly something to watch the rest of the series. The Brewers and Pirates have a history of scuffles. Remember the whole Prince Fielder vs. Matt Capps spiff from the ‘07 season?
—An interesting story about Richard Paul “Red” Smith who played for both the Green Bay Packers and the old-school Milwaukee Brewers.
—Brew Crew Ball wonders if Mike Rivera should catch Manny Parra. As I’ve said before, I totally believe Parra is a head case, so why not? I guess it can’t hurt.
—Miller Park Drunk doesn’t like booing. Thank you. However, I have to disagree with the list of appropriate times to boo. Unless Gary Sheffield is at bat or Corey Hart has control of the Miller Park playlist, I don’t want to hear it.
—The Brewers aren’t interested in signing Pedro Martinez. Personally fine with that.
—Check out the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2009 team intro here.
—Good news…Brewers prospect Lorenzo Cain didn’t tear his ACL. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks.
—More good news on the minor league front…Mark Rogers is not injured. Rogers missed his last couple starts, which was obviously alarming. Note to players shagging fly balls: don’t fricking run into walls!
—Brevard County Manatees' Caleb Gindl was named Florida State League’s Player of the Week for last week. He hit .522 with two homers and 11 RBI. Impressive.
—Statistically speaking, the Pirates currently have the best starting rotation in baseball.That won’t last.
—When Albert Pujols was struggling a couple weeks ago, he found his flaw through watching video. My first thought was, “Pujols was in a slump?” Then I saw the slump: 1-for-9. I guess that’s a slump for him.
—Astros closer Jose “Big Douche” Valverde will miss at least two more games after tweaking his right calf injury during Sunday’s game against the Brewers.
—Bradley is apparently ready to play again. Do you think he gets injured again or thrown from a game again first?
—Goat Riders of the Apocalyse thinks the “Woe is Cub” attitude of Cubs fans has got to go. Funny how most Cubs fans do have that attitude but still think they are the best thing to ever exist.