Saturday, April 23, 2011

You can't hurry love ... or a Brewers victory

There were so many things going on in Friday night's game, it took 3:44 to fit them all in.

First, we had to see how Ryan Braun would react in his first game after inking the big deal. Two words: Love Fest. The fans at Miller Park started the love fest with a standing ovation for Braun as he walked to home plate for his first at bat. Make a long-term commitment to us, and we'll shower you with love (unless you start sucking). Braun responded with a line out to right. In the third inning, Braun got a second standing ovation as he walked to the plate, and this time he loved us back with a three-run homer. On the night, Ryan went 3-4 with a walk. He has reached base in every game this season, while posting a .494 OBP.

Second, we had to see if we should be concerned about Yovani Gallardo. Since shutting out the Braves on 110 pitches on April 5, Gallardo has had some problems. In his first two starts of the year, Yo pitched 15 innings and gave up just two earned runs on nine hits. In the two that followed, Gallardo pitched 10.1 innings and gave up 11 runs. Against the Astros, Gallardo went six innings and gave up four runs on eight hits. He struck out seven Houston batters, his highest total of the season. Not a terrible performance by any means but not vintage Gallardo. The jury is still out on this one.

Third, we had to see if we missed Bill Hall. Ummm, no. Although Hall collected a hit and a walk, and scored a run, I think it is safe to say that Houston can keep Hall and his .203 batting average.

Finally, we needed to fit in the win. Nicely done.

Brewers 14, Astros 7
Game played 4-22-11

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