Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Welcome Back...

Good lord.

There were several homecomings tonight at Miller Park....

1. The Brewers welcomed back Geoff Jenkins - and he didn't disappoint, striking out once and doing one of his patented I-don't-have-to-dive-for-this-ball-but-I-want-to-get-on-Sportscenter plays in right field.

2. The Brewers welcomed back Prince Fielder - a couple of 2-run bombs for the big fella. The best part was him mouthing "No Meat" to the camera after the second dinger.

3. The Brewers welcomed back...Derrick Turnbow? Although I was ready to reach through the TV screen to wring Ned's neck on that decision, Turnbow did the job in the 9th for the save. Yost said after the game that he had made his mind up before the game, that depending upon where the Phillies were in the lineup, if there was a save situation it would be Turnbow or Shouse to close. Nothing if not decisive...

Everyone will be second-guessing a couple of Yost decisions in this game, but how about how Charlie Manuel handled Cole Hamels? Hamels was well over 100 pitches to start the 8th, and the Phillies have the best bullpen in the league. After Braun doubled, I'm really surprised that Hamels stayed in the game to face Prince. That turned out to be a mistake.

Well, any time you can have Dave Bush, Mitch Stetter and Derrick Turnbow pitch in a game against Cole Hamels and you come out with a victory, it's a good day. But I could really use an 8-2 game one of these days...oh, and Trenni was out with guns blazing tonight...

Oh, and there was sort of a Steve Bartman moment in the early going, when Greg Dobbs hit a foul ball down the third base line and some yahoo stuck his glove over the railing and stole the ball from Bill Hall. Except this yahoo was wearing a Packers T-shirt, and Hall (who doesn't pee on his hands) didn't jump up and down and throw a hissy, and Bush got Dobbs to fly out to right so it didn't matter, and the game was in April. So I guess it wasn't all that similar to the Bartman play.

Quite a bit going on for a Wednesday night game in April, actually.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just got back from the game. The idiot in the crowd had another ball come very close to him late in the game, except when the Brewers were at bat.

The crowd was pissed at Yost when he had Bush bat after Hardy got on base. Bush at first started walking back to the dugout and the crowd cheered, then Yost sent him back and the crowd went crazy. Then he gives up the hit in the next inning and comes out anyway. Just pure hatred from the fans to Yost as he walked back to the dugout after the pitching change.

Anonymous said...

TOFU THIS!!!

matt said...

It isn't Yost's fault that he has 3 guys on the bench to pinch hit (and only 1 righty, and he's the backup catcher so no way he gets used in the 6th inning).

Honestly, what is he supposed to do in that situation, with 2 outs and a guy on 1st?

AP said...

Not Yost's fault at all, but you can definitely start to ask Melvin WTF?

Three games in a row we've been forced to have a pitcher bat in a situation that just din't make sense. Ned had Suppan bunt twice in the Cards series and then last night with Bush. If the roster isn't right, something has to change. I'm just saying that carrying 14 arms, and still having a burnt out pen, and having pitchers get extra AB's is not a good recipe for long term success. If Sheets needs to go on the DL and then call Dillon back up, do it already.

matt said...

This really is ridiculous, carrying 14 pitchers. Dillon can't come back for 10 days after he was sent down, unless there is an injury, so I'm not sure who the next option would be at AAA. Rottino?

It's really a miracle that they keep winning these games.

AP said...

I know Dillon can't come back, but they could've DL'd Sheets before they sent him down in the first place. I'm not saying call Dillon up, but Christ even Rottino has to be a better offensive option that Bush & Suppan right?

Wrigleyville said...

i'm sure there's a quantity/quality discussion to be had here.