Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Game Twenty: Padres 2, Brewers 1

Box Score

One of these days George Webb's prediction will again prove correct. If it all goes right we're just twelve games away from that happening.

I generally do not have much to say after the Brewers lose 2-1, and tonight is no exception. With that in mind here are a few brief thoughts on the game that ended the winning streak:

1) I have never seen a game end with a ball put in play that was never touched by the defense

Martin Maldonado came to the plate after 'Big Hit' Betancourt halved the lead with a two-out double. Maldonado then may or may not have come in contact with a weak tapper while out of the batter's box. The penalty for such a crime is an out, and in this case it ended the game in the least thrilling manner imaginable. The silver lining is that I saw something for the first time, though I tend to not enjoy these instances when the come at the expense of the Crew.

2) The bullpen did not allow a single run in the series

Tonight the three-headed monster of Mike Gonzalez, Tom Gorzelanny, and Burke Badenhop shutout the Padres and did not allow a base runner in the process. I do not believe it is too early to declare this bullpen much improved over last season.

3) Holy Moly, the Brewers need Aramis Ramirez to return

Jonathan Lucroy went 0-4 batting cleanup. In related news, the #4 spot in the order has turned into an offense black hole without Ramirez. The good news is he's expected to return during the next home stand, and the better news is the winning streak bought some time until the big guns return. Even so, sustained success will be difficult without him (and Hart) in the lineup.

Looking Ahead...

The Brewers need to win two of their next six to clinch a .500 April. What seemed impossible mere days ago now appears likely. The Brewers have an off-day tomorrow before heading to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers. Starting the series will be Hiram Burgos versus Josh Beckett.

Looking Behind...

 The last time the Brewers won 12-in-a-row, this happened:

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