Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Game 6: Brewers (6) vs. Pirates (2)

Branyan (MJS Photo)

Yesterday's home opener was a truly great day, as it was the first opener I have been able to attend. It was also the first home opener with Mark Attanasio at the helm, and with Russell Branyan at the hot corner. Doug Davis contributed his second quality start in as many chances, holding the Bucs to 2 runs in 7 mostly solid innings. The true story of the day was the leader of the 3TO minions, as Branyan hit two HR, the first a monumental shot off the CF scoreboard. It was easily the farthest I have ever seen a ball hit, either at Miller Park or at County Stadium. Brew Grit mascot Brady Clark also went yard, as well as picking up a single. Clark's OBP through 6 games for the first place Brewers is .406, whereas Scott Podsednik's stands at .333. Aside from the HR, the most magical moment of the day was Jeff Cirillo's AB in the 8th. The majority of the park stood through the entire plate appearance, and erupted when he drew a walk. He will get the start tonight against the Pirates, expect the same crowd reaction again. As great as the Cirillo reception was, the one given Wes Helms was perplexing. Helms was booed by many in the crowd, which he hardly deserved considering that this was the home opener and he hasn't really done anything to deserve such treatment from his home fans. Hopefully, better days lie ahead for Wes, against LHP.

"Brew Grit" Player of the Game: Russell Branyan (2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R)

Next Up: Brewers (Glover) vs. Pirates (Redman), 6:30 PM Tuesday

Action over the weekend:
Since I was unable to get posting on the weekend and yesterday, here's some links to the recaps (as if you don't all know what happened), along with my picks for P.O.G., when applicable:

Game 3: Brewers (6) @ Cubs (3), 12 innings
-"Brew Grit" Player of the Game: Junior Spivey (3-6, 2 RBI, 1 R, BB)

Game 4: Cubs (4) vs. Brewers (0)
-"Brew Grit" Player of the Game: None, impossible when the team is one-hit

Game 5: Cubs (6) vs. Brewers (5), 12 innings
-"Brew Grit" Player of the Game: Jorge de la Rosa (2 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K)

I agree with you that the treatment Helms received was unfortunate. Nonetheless, the excitement of the rest of the game could even be heard on the radio.
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