The Milwaukee Brewers turned on the offensive switch last night with a quick and decisive win over the impressive Astros. Manny Parra (3-2) started out shaky but the quickly gained control of his pitches and went 6 innings giving up only 4 hits, 4 walks, and 6 K's. Pretty impressive for the young righty.
On the offensive side, the Crew got off to an early lead with back-to-back home runs by Mike Cameron (7) and Ryan Braun (14) in the first inning.
Ryan Braun had a four-hit game last night, raising his batting average to .299 on the season. Prince is up to .273, going 1-4 with a line drive homer (7) in the fifth. I see Prince Fielder as a .285 hitter...but his power numbers are no where near where they should be. Lastly, JJ Hardy added in two hits himself.
The Astros' pitching gave up only one walk.
- Mike Cameron has 7 HR's thus far in the season, that's half as much as Braun. Interesting, considering the fact that Cameron sat out the first month (25 games). Cameron has played in only 28 games while Braun has played in 54. That's not bad for Cameron, he's on track to have a pretty impressive season. Too bad it will a "one and done" season though. He just doesn't look like he's enjoying himself too much in the Suds City.
-Ryan Braun is playing through an inner-ear infection the past two weeks. Please don't let this turn out to be a Ben Sheets-esque injury!
-For those who haven't seen the terms of Braun's contract.
-ESPN.com has a story by Eric Law (Scouts Inc) talks about the up and coming draft. Also mentions the success of 2005 that brought us Ryan Braun, Alex Gordon, Troy Tulowitzki, and Ryan Zimmerman all graced the draft that year which brought a new wave rising stars to the league.
-As sad as it is...I truly believe that the Brewers will be trading Ben Sheets before this years deadline. Rightfieldbleachers.com made a good point a couple of weeks ago by saying it would be cheaper to re-sign Sheets to a contract than it would be to go out and sign a new ace. Despite the injury plaque seasons Sheets has endured, the great thing that makes up for is his performance when he is healthy. This ace could've been a Cy Young winner only a couple years ago if he had the offensive support. Well, he will soon have that.
But then you have to imagine who we could all get in return for him. I lick my chops just thinking about who I would target. Left handed pitching and hitting. Help at third base. A true closer....er, not so much there. Better to have a couple of options with that than just rely on one.
-Solomon Torres is looking like he will be our closer this year. As for Eric Gagne...he could try set up again (which he failed at doing in Boston). Regardless, his $10mm contract looks like the biggest bust in the MLB. Well, you win and you lose.