By Danny Mehigan
The SAT v2.0: What the hell am I talking about?
Q: “That’s two thus far, Shooter.”
I. Brewers series wins in 2009.
II. Consecutive wins with Jeff Suppan on the mound.
III. McGavin’s shot total when he reached the green on the 18th hole at the Tour Championship.
A: It’s the last one, you idiot. It’s clearly a movie line. That’s where I get 95% of my jokes. You know I’m not clever on my own.
And that’s your lesson of the week, folks. Sure all three answers are right, but somehow only the third is right. So it is just like the SAT. Have fun getting into your dream school with that awful score … in YO face!
Friday – Brewers 5, Astros 2: John Belusi and the rest of the Deltas probably want a toga party, but I’ll settle for a celebration of Yovani Gallardo (Editor’s note: I’ll be leaving Midwest Swing for the New York Post as soon as a copyeditor job comes open, which should be anytime now). Gallardo threw a complete game gem, only giving up a 2-run bomb to Carlos “El Caballo” Lee. He was quite masterful, but more on him later. The Crew finally broke through against Felipe Paulino in the fourth with four straight RBI singles and Slick Rick Weeks added a Jimmy Jack Snack Pack (read: home run) to round out the scoring. The play of the game, however, came when J.J. Hardy singled to right and Mike Cameron tried to score. The throw beat him home, and the result is pictured above. Humberto Quintero is on the disabled list with a strained shoulder (and probably sore ladyparts as well), while Killa Cam is still playing.
Saturday – Brewers 9, Astros 8 (11 innings): I can’t tell if this was a resilient comeback win or a let’s-blow-it-twice-and-get-lucky win. Either way, it wrapped up the second straight series for the Crew thanks to Ryan Braun‘s RBI single in the top of the 11th. Right after Milwaukee scored twice in the 8th to take a 6-4 lead, Todd Coffey blew it by giving up three in the bottom half. Prince Fielder hit his second dinger of the night, a 2-run shot, to give Milwaukee the lead again in the top of the 9th. Not to be outdone, Carlos Villanueva blew the save by no fault of his own. With two outs and a man on second, Bill Hall made an awful throw to first after picking up a grounder. When Prince couldn’t scoop it, the ‘Stros had tied it again. But when Braun’s single won it in the 11th, Mil-town could celebrate a 3-hit, 4 RBI day from Hall, 4 hits from Braun, 2 doubles from Hart, 6 decent innings from Suppan and most importantly, another win.
Sunday – Astros 3, Brewers 2: The Spacemen took the series finale in close but relatively uneventful fashion.
Russ Ortiz locked down the Brewer bats for five innings and Pudge Rodriguez went deep while throwing out two runners. Manny Parra took the loss despite only giving up one earned run in five innings. He gave up two unearned when Slick Rick knocked down a line drive headed his way, but since it wasn’t fourth down and this isn’t football, it was not a good idea. The Crew had some opportunities late, especially in the 7th inning when the first two got on base in front of Braun, Fielder and co., but nobody could drive in the trying run. Even with the loss, the Brewers finish the road trip with a 5-4 record and head back home pleased with their general direction.
Hot Fire Player of the Series: I wanted to go non-obvious here, but I can’t do it. Yovani Gallardo takes the cake with his complete game masterpiece on Friday night. His first career complete game consisted of 106 pitches, no walks, seven strikeouts, only five hits and one very awesome cheering section (Gallardo was born in Mexico, grew up in Fort Worth, Texas) that somehow snuck down to the seats behind the Brewers dugout and went nuts as he finished the job. The runner-up goes to Mike Cameron, who went 5-for-11 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 walks, some highlight-reel catches and gets extra bonus points for the aforementioned knockout of Quintero.
Weak Sauce Player of the Series: It’s tough to get in a rhythm when you barely get at-bats, but Brad Nelson is avoiding rhythm like the swine flu (Yeah, I read the main section of the paper, too. Taste it.) Nelson got his first start of the year on Sunday and went 0-for-4 while leaving five men on base, including a strikeout with the bases loaded. He’s now 0-for-12 with five strikeouts on the season. I felt the need to give him the business here because he’ll probably be in the minors before I have the chance to do it again. So get your game up, Brad. The people want production.
Records: 8-10, 5th in the Central. 6-6 on the road.
Next up: The Crew finally heads home for a 3-game set with the Pirates. I hope it’s the Somalian ones. That way, it’d be an easy kill for our government, not to mention an easy win for the Brewers, since I doubt those Pirates are any good at baseball. Braden Looper, Dave Bush and Yovani Gallardo will do the honors on the mound.