Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Game 1: Brewers (9) @ Pirates (2)

Cirillo (AP Photo)

It was a great start to the season for the Brewers Monday in Pittsburgh. Ben Sheets pitched 7 effective innings, allowing 8 hits and 2 runs, while strking out 6. The star of the day, however, was new old Brewer Jeff Cirillo. Cirillo collected two hits, a HR and a 2B, off Pirates ace Oliver Perez, who was clearly without his best stuff, and also drew a walk and made an excellent run-saving play at third. "Brew Grit" mascot Brady Clark did us proud, getting HBP, a BB, a single, 2 SBs, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, and excellent CF defense. The man has a chance to walk 90 times, in my opinion, and easily be among the leaders in P/PA (21/5 yesterday). Also, though I am not a fan of them per se, Clark could steal 30 bases. He is a much better player than Podsednik, and some fans will find that out this season. J.J. Hardy also had a nice game, collecting his first big league hit in a timely situation, knocking in two off Rick White during the Brewers 5 run 6th. Carlos Lee also collected his first hit as a Brewer, a 2B off Ryan Vogelsong in the 9th.

"Brew Grit" Player of the Game: Jeff Cirillo (2-3, HR, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R)

Next up: Brewers (Davis) @ Pirates (Wells), 11:35 CT Wednesday

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