Thursday’s Game: Brewers 5, Marlins 3
Record: 21-14, T-First Place
- How sweep it is! Milwaukee took three straight from the Marlins for the first time since 1999. Dave Bush had yet another solid outing, giving up just two runs over seven frames. And Trevor Hoffman shut the door again.
- Prince Fielder and Bill Hall homered.
- Mike Rivera returned from the disabled list Thursday and went 2-for-3 at the plate.
- Hall’s homer was the 100th of his career. Congrats, Billy! Here’s to many more.
- Hire Jim Essian explains why Ryan Braun is a “twat.” I have to say, if Braun wasn’t playing on my team of choice, I’d probably agree. Luckily, he’s a Brewer and I don’t have to think about that.
- Winks Thinks has a few things to say about Braun’s image too.
- RFB Jared’s boyfriend, The Doorman, pens a congratulatory column for the new, improved, and big league-capable Rickie Weeks. He’s the team leader in homers and has all but exorcised his fielding demons. He deserves the praise.
- Between the Green Pillars thinks it’s high time Weeks be moved down in the batting order—this time because he’s hitting well.
- Could Weeks’ increased production be a product of the steroid era? Probably not.
- Some creep at Brewerfan hasn’t seen Mark Attanasio much this year and wonders why. Geeky thread ensues.
- Mat Gamel will have to adjust to a bench role.
- Justin’s Brewers Blog takes Gamel’s promotion to be a foreshadowing for a possible J.J. Hardy trade. Justin says Gamel will be Milwaukee’s starting third baseman by the end of next week.
- “The Happy Youngster” makes me sick. This guy is pathetic, greedy, and delusional to think his novelty “celebrity” is anything more than a hokey gimmick. Grow up, guy. Give foul and non-milestone home run balls to kids instead of hoarding them for your stupid collection/obsession that somehow validates your life.
Kids grow up imagining hitting a big league homer. This guy was fortunate enough to do it, and you wedged your dorky head and unjustifiably inflated ego into his moment to—what?—score a few tickets and a signed bat. Eat shit, geek.
- Brad Nelson did nothing to be demoted. Seriously, he did nothing.
- Chuckie Hacks wonders which Brewer of past and present could pound the most beer. Somehow Jody Reed doesn’t crack the list.
- In a move corresponding to Mike Rivera’s return from the DL, Milwaukee optioned catcher Carlos Corporan back to Nashville. Corporan registered a hit in his only at-bat with the parent club.
- Back in Trevor Hoffman’s day, soda pop was only a nickel, women’s suffrage was but a pipe dream, and Milwaukee’s present-day closer was a shortstop in the Midwest League. How the times change.
- The Sounds lost 4-3 to the Reno Aces despite strong pitching from Nick Green and R.J. Swindle.
- The Rattlers split a doubleheader Thursday.
- Huntsville lost and Brevard County was rained out.
- The Cardinals placed Ryan Ludwick on the DL Wednesday, and are now missing four key pieces to their team. Hopefully Milwaukee can capitalize on the injuries this weekend.
- Milton Bradley’s suspension was reduced to just one game…and, go figure, he’s mad about it.
- Some lady drunk from Kenosha slid on a tarp at Wrigley Field. She was arrested. Boring.
- The Houston Astros: injured, shitty.
- The Nationals have returned Rule 5 Draft pick Terrell Young to the Reds after throwing exactly zero pitches for the Nats.
- Do Chicago pitchers secretly have a league-backed anti-Jewish agenda? In short, yes.
- Dude gets banned from Citi Field for life after streaking.
- Former Brewer Glendon Rusch was waived by the Rockies. Ouch.