Wednesday’s Game: Brewers 8, Marlins 6
Record: 20-14, Tied for First Place
- With the win against the Marlins, the Brewers moved into a tie for first in the NL Central. It’s early, but it’s always good to be on top.
- Rickie Weeks hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the first and added a triple and a single later. He had two more at-bats to get a double for the cycle, but he wasn’t able to do it. Oh well, still a great game for Rickie in what’s turning into an outstanding season for him.
- The Brewers scored eight runs with contributions coming from all over the lineup.
- Braden Looper gave up three runs in the first, but was able to calm down and give up just two more over the next five innings to allow the Brewers hitters to come back and win it. It has to be nice to pitch behind this offense.
- The bullpen came in and locked the game down (though Todd Coffey did give up a run).
- Trevor Hoffman pitched another 1-2-3 inning for the save.
- The Brewers scored five runs in the fourth, all with two outs.
- Pinch hitter Ross Gload hit a ball down the right field line in the sixth inning that went just foul, but the umpire signaled home run initially. It ended up being the first play ever reviewed at Miller Park and the umpires got it right in the end. Gload then came back out to finish his at-bat and struck out. I’m not sure how I feel about instant replay in baseball yet, but that was a big moment in the game (the home run would have brought the Marlins to within one run of the Brewers) and it’s nice that the call was made correctly in the end.
- J.J. Hardy left the game with a headache. Bill Hall came in at third and Craig Counsell moved to short. Strange. Hopefully it’s just a minor thing he’s dealing with.
- Wes Helms came in Wednesday and got a pinch hit and an RBI. The Milwaukee crowd gave him a mixed reaction with some cheering (no doubt recognizing that he hit the go-ahead home run for the Marlins that pushed them past the Mets in the final game last season, allowing the Brewers to clinch the Wild Card) and some booing. The Doorman says the Miller Park crowd should have given him a hand.
- Marlins catcher John Baker hit a home run. He was Jason Kendall’s understudy in Oakland.
- In a surprise move, the Brewers' top prospect—third baseman Mat Gamel—has reportedly been called up. A related move will have to be made (Casey McGehee to Nashville? Brad Nelson cut? A trade?), but Doug Melvin did not make a comment on the move prior to this post. Gamel’s bat will certainly be a help in interleague games where the DH is used, but his exact role on the team in the immediate future is unknown.
- Al’s Ramblings says his source says Brad Nelson has been sent down to AAA. So, he cleared waivers already?
- UPDATE: Gamel is coming up and Nelson is going down. Nelson has the right to refuse the assignment. Gamel will DH in the interleague games and get some pinch-hit at-bats and starts in other games. It sounds like there’s a chance the Brewers would consider keeping Gamel on the big-league roster after the interleague games if he plays well (reading into Doug Melvin’s comments).
- The move might have been made because of how little the Brewers bench has contributed so far this season. The Junkball Blues points out how far the bench production has dropped compared to last season.
- Brad Nelson is battling, trying to get his swing back. Could Gamel’s call-up spell the end for Nelson though?
- In-Between Hops says the Brewers could become just the 12th team in MLB history to have four 30-home-run hitters. Why stop there? Let’s go for five or six…
- MLB won’t discipline Ryan Dempster for his high and inside pitch that nearly hit Braun in the face. Fair enough. Braun already disciplined him.
- Trevor Hoffman still has it. He has been nothing short of dominant so far this season.
- Todd Coffey chatted with fans Wednesday. Todd was already a fan favorite, but his answers about how much he loves Milwaukee, the fans, the environment and the team should only further cement him in that role.
- A Nashville Sounds vendor is in his 32nd year working for the team. That’s dedication.
- The Sounds won 7-1 Wednesday behind six innings of one-run baseball by lefty Chase Wright. The Sounds had a season-high 15 hits.
- Huntsville Stars outfielder Adam Stern, 29, is running out of time to reach the big leagues. He’s turning some heads with his play so far this season though. The leadoff hitter has a .340 batting average, leads the league with 14 stolen bases, and is second on the Stars with 14 RBI.
- A Cubs fan calls for the team to build a roof on Wrigley. Yeah, I’m sure that’s feasible. Cubs fans live in a dream world.
- Carlos Zambrano will probably make a rehab start this weekend. He is on track to come off the DL on May 22.
- Cardinals-put-slugger-Ludwick-on-15-day-DL" target="_blank">The Cardinals put Ryan Ludwick on the DL and called up outfielder Nick Stavinoha.
- Speaking of the Mets, Citi Field was christened with its first streaker Tuesday. That slide into second was pretty badass, being nude and all…