My friend Beth, who grew up in Faribault, once exclaimed (cue the Minnesota accent--think Fargo): “Oh crap, we’re goin’ backward” when she discovered that she was facing the wrong direction in a limousine.
For a while this season, the Brewers were going backward. Either the pitching was terrible or the hitting was absent. Either Trevor Hoffman would blow the lead or the Big Boys would strike out. Either Rickie Weeks would drop the ball or George Kottaras would throw it into the outfield. The team was regressing from its 2008 playoff year and even from its (just under) .500 ballclub of 2009. And 2009 felt like enough of a regression for me.
With a sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, the Brewers won their fourth game in a row and climbed back into third place in the division, 8 games back. The last time the Brewers won four games in a row was in April after a sweep of the Pirates. It’s been a tough stretch. I am starting to feel like the baseball gods are starting to kick back with a cold one, however, and the Brewers are catching some breaks. I hope that this is the beginning of something good.
Holy crap! Sweeping the Twins is pretty exhilarating. I feel flushed.
Yovani Gallardo took a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a hit but went on to pitch a complete game shutout. Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder each hit 2-run homeruns in the third inning, and the Brewers tacked on one more run in the fourth, for a 5-0 lead. The Twins were unable to mount any sort of rally against Gallardo, who notched his seventh victory of the year. With the shutout Gallardo lowered his ERA to 2.36.
Brewers 5, Twins 0
Game played 6-24-10