A year ago, the Brewers played the San Francisco Giants six times. They won six times. And considering that the Giants were one of the worst teams in baseball, that’s wasn’t much of a surprise. In 2009, the Giants are improved – but this was not a good start.
Tuesday – Giants 10, Brewers 6: Facing reigning Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum was a tall task for the Crew on Opening Day. But they took advantage of some early wildness and rattled the young gun, knocking him out after only three innings. Unfortunately, Jeff Suppan was just as kind to the Giants, giving up six runs in four innings. He just doesn’t have it anymore. He did rip a RBI double to help his own cause, but it wasn’t enough. Every pitcher gave up at least one run and Dave Bush was bad too – one inning, three extra base hits, two runs. Getting 10 hits and six runs should be enough to win, but not on this day.
Wednesday – Brewers 4, Giants 2: If Yovani Gallardo had been the only player to show up the ballpark on Wednesday, the score likely would have been the exact same. He pitched a very solid 6.2 innings, getting six strikeouts and giving up just two runs before tiring in the 7th. The bullpen took care of business and Carlos Villanueva got his first save of the year. Gallardo was also the offensive star, hitting a 3-run bomb off Randy Johnson (Note: “Gallardo Takes Big Unit Deep” wins the award for Best Headline of the Week). Mike “Killa” Cameron also went yard in the victory.
Thursday – Giants 7, Brewers 1: Matt Cain and the Giants surprisingly good pitching staff wrapped up the series win by locking down the Brewer bats on Thursday afternoon. Milwaukee only managed five hits for the second straight game. Manny Parra looked strong at the beginning, but wavered and eventually collapsed in the fifth as he is wont to do. However, a scary moment dominated the headlines as Giants pitcher Joe Martinez got drilled in the head by a line drive off the bat of Cameron in the ninth inning. (MLB removed most video off YouTube of the incident, but this was the only link left. Not great quality, and it’s rather scary if you’re squeamish, but watch if you’re curious.)
On a related note, this was particularly heart-wrenching after the death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart early Thursday morning. I know this a NL Central blog, but as a baseball fan in general, that kind of stuff hits home. When something like that happens, I try to stop complaining about the little things I bitch about and just be thankful I’m still here. Keep his family and the families of the other deceased in your prayers, will ya? Lastly, that drunken douchebag that caused the accident needs to rot in jail until the end of time, and maybe get a visit from a large, angry man named Tiny while he’s in the clink. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Hot Fire Player of the Series: Yovani Gallardo. I’ve already mentioned his stat line, but it should be mentioned again. Without YoGa, the Crew would be 0-3 right now.
Weak Sauce Player of the Series: Manny Parra. J.J. Hardy did his best to come home with this dishonor by going 1-for-13 in the series, but he was bested (or worsted?) by Manny Parra. For someone who needs to step up in the absence of CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets, the Brewers cannot afford many more outings like this from Parra. He can’t fall victim to the same problems that plagued him as a rookie in 2008. For the record, he went 4.1 innings and gave up six hits and five earned runs. Get your game up, Manny.
Records: 1-2 (1-2 on the road)
Next up: The bastard Cubs come to Miller Park for the home opener. This should be the start of a lot of hating between myself and fellow Swinger Andrew Paschen. Stay tuned for the fireworks.