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Brewers Win! 4-3! Fiedler Scores 3! Hits Winning Home Run! PLUS: Gagne saves! PLUS: A Fantastic Musical Tribute!

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

The Brewers found themselves in another tight game, this time unable to score a runner from third on 4 occasions.

Wow.

Still, the showed that the team can maintain its concentration and sense of purpose, and that at the end of the day, the Brewers will live or die by the bat of Prince Fielder.

Fielder scored three runs; one a beautiful suicide squeeze with bases loaded and Carlos Villaneuva (The Stash) bunting at the plate.

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Stash Bunt!

The other on a majestic home run to deep center field in the bottom of the 8th to give the Brewers the lead, and the game.

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Letting It All Hang Out!

(Just as an aside: What bat did Prince use on that last at-bat? It was not his usual black or brown D-bat?)

And this interesting stat: The Brewers starters have not won in their last 8 starts but have a combined ERA of 2.55.

Good Pitching.

That’s a start.

The Brewers as of yesterday led the league in  BA with runners in scoring position.

Who knew?

Still, they seem to leave an awful lot of runners on.

That, and the Cubs are off to their best start since 1995.

Do the math.

Even without trying to be critical of the Brewers, I know that some of you think I am being just that.

Fair enough.

Ditto, when it comes to Prince Fielder.

Duly noted.

The truth is that the Brewers have been winning more than they have been losing, but they still do not seem to be playing up to their potential, or worse, this is as good as it gets.

Either way these scenarios are cause enough for your pal Yogi to be concerned.

And that’s my story, and yes, I am sticking to it.

Just sayin’.

And then there’s this:

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Knuckles!

Gagne is rapidly becoming  the Most Exciting Man in Baseball!

He pitched a very good 9th inning and despite a broken bat hit, he all but had the Marlins hitters.

Just sayin’, again.

And for this game’s Fantastic Musical Tribute!

Happy Times!

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Brewers Lose. 3-0. YoGa Does His Job! No Bats! PLUS: More Meat Taunts! PLUS: Amy Winehouse Award!

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

Your pal Yogi is at a loss for words.

!@#$!

The Brewers played poorly yesterday and lost to a team they easily had beat.

Milwaukee AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Weeks, 2B 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 .195
Kapler, CF 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 .298
Braun, LF 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 .269
Fielder, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .241
Hart, C, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .271
Hall, 3B 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .198
Hardy, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .235
Gallardo, P 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167
  Shouse, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Gagne, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Counsell, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .344
  Mota, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kendall, C 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .324
Totals 34 0 6 0 5 2 24

Numbers don’t lie.

Gabe Kapler did not produce.

Nor did Prince Fielder.

In fact, no one did.

You have to score to win.

The Brewers somehow have lost sight of that over the last two games.

They get hits and get caught stealing.

Or thrown out stretching the hit.

Or they don’t turn the double play.

Or their pitching folds in late relief.

Which brings up my guy, Yovanni Gallardo.

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This young man is simply fantastic.

YoGa possesses great poise well beyond his 22 years.

And what of the broadcast with the replay of the sweaty-faced Prince Fielder mouthing “No meat!”

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I’ll have more on this later, but let me say this, Prince Fielder is fooling no one with his proclamations regarding his dietary savvy. There is a lot of baseball to be played and unless Prince Fielder starts to supplement his diet with fish, chicken, or beef (and he may already be doing so) his will be a terrible and possibly injury-plagued season.

Just sayin’.

In response to what was an enticing buy ultimately disappointing game, allow your pal Yogi to inaugurate the Amy Winehouse Award.

Each time the Brewers play a lousy game, they will be rewarded with something like this:

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Yikes!

Blech.

Just sayin’, again.

Brewers Lose. 3-1 Can’t Score When It Counts. Another Late Inning Collapse.

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

So close and yet so far away.

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Out!

The Brewers again played a close game only to lose it in the 8th.

Baserunners but no runs.

Picked off.

Thrown out. 

Ugh.

Then it was David Riske’s turn to let up two runs with two outs in the top of the 8th.

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Riske Business!

Two-Out Walk.

Walks.Kill.

Repeat after me.

Walks.Kill.

Unlike the Red Sox (who are the best team in baseball right now) when the Brewers are down you don’t ever seem to think, “Oh heck, they’ll come back.”

When the Red Sox are down 2 runs, all they need is one baserunner and as long as Big Papi or Manny is up to bat, the game feels likely that it’s going to be tied with one swing.

Alas.

And alack.

On the positive side: Ryan Braun continues to prove that he is FOR REAL, today going 3-4 with the Brewers only run. Bill Hall went 3-4, too.

On the negative side: Gabe Kapler, 0-4, with 4 LOB.

Ouch.

That, and Riske’s inability to finish what he started.

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Just sayin’.

 

 

Brewers Win! 9-8! Another Blown 9th! Not To Worry! Everybody Does It!

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

 

Wow.

What a game!

 

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Gabe (Good ‘Ol #14) and Gabe (Butterfly’s Pick) came through in the clutch.

Rickie Weeks went 2-5 with 3 RBI!

Prince Fielder went 3-3!

Bill Hall got the collar, 0-6.

Ouch.

But the real story is Eric Gange who blew his 4th save out of 10 appearances.

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Wave Buh-Bye

 

Is it time to start worrying Brewers Fans?

Does your pal Yogi even need to ask such a question?

Sheesh.

Give Ned Yost credit for sticking up for his players, but at some point you have to start living in reality.

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A Happy Place! Ned’s World!

 

The Brew Crew blew a 5 run lead.

Oh boy.

And in case no is paying attention, the the Cubs have won 5 straight.

Still, it was a great win after two very disappointing late-inning collapses.

It’s gonna’ be a long season.

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Just sayin’.

 

Oh Brother! Brewers Lose 4-3. Derrick Not Available For Comment.

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

Did you see tonight’s game?

Wow.

Carlos Villaneuva (The Stash) pitched well enough to win.

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The Stash.

The Brewers almost hit well enough to win.

In fact, the Cardinals did everything they could to give the Brewers a win.

And what happened?

Corey Hart, once the Goat, and then the Hero, became the Goat again, failing to score from 3rd in the bottom of the 8th.

And then there’s the small issue of Derrick Turnbow.

He looks like a man who has no idea how to pitch.

Obsessed with his compulsions: touch the hair, lift the arms, touch the tongue, tug the cap, exhale, shrug the shoulders…

Fast ball over the plate with no movement stroked for a double.

Twice.

What can be done?

I don’t know.

Sports psychologist?

Witch Doctor?

Exorcism?

What?

Well, you win as a team and you lose as a team.

In this case, Corey Hart and Derrick Turnbow are going to get most of the blame.

The truth is that the Brewers lost another game they should have won. And if this continues, the season is going to be very disappointing indeed.

Just sayin’.

Brewers Lose 9-0 A Real Stinker! PLUS: Odds and Ends! PLUS: Another Amazing Magic Trick!

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

Stinker

So much for the Magic Number.

That didn’t last long.

If you saw the Brewers game tonight you saw a real stinker.

Tony Armas looked like Cy Young.

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The Brewers hit the ball hard but right at the Bucs, most notably Nyjer Morgan.

All told, the Brewers had only 4 hits.

Ouch.

 

As far as pitching goes, Carlos Villaneuva did a decent job and should have had only a 2-0 deficit were it not for yet another terrible throwing error by Rickie Weeks.

What is with his fielding?

The bullpen was of no help and let me say right now, and not for the first time, Matt Wise can no longer pitch effectively.

Ditto Seth McClung.

Ditto Greg Aquino.

Yes, Brian Shouse did let up 3 Ernies, but he has had some games where he has looked fairly decent, the same cannot be said of McClung, Aquino, and Wise.

Give Ned Yost credit for giving these guys the opportunity to prove themselves.

Unfortunately, they failed.

Word from your pal Yogi, send Big Seth and Greg packing.

And please, send Matt Wise to a sports psychologist, a grief and loss counselor, priest, chaplain, rabbi, or pastor of his choice, but since Wise hit Pedro Lopez he simply cannot pitch.

And it’s a terrible shame, too.

You hate to see that happen, but it does happen, and it did happen to Matt Wise.

Unless there’s some other explanation that no one’s talking about, it has to the be the Lopez beaning.

Just sayin’.

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Although tonight’s game was in Pittsburgh, I had the MSN Wisconsin feed on MLB.com

Nice.

Late in the game BA and Rock were discussing whether it was Abner Doubleday or Alexander Cartwright who "invented" baseball.

There is no longer any controversy as to this question.

It was Alexander Cartwright.

Just sayin’, again.

And what it with WTMJ?

On Sunday, I left the house to do an errand and after turning off my computer (where I was listening to the Brewers game) I got into my car and heard the Packers game.

Now dear friends and loyal readers, your pal Yogi loves many things, and many of them are sports related, but football?

I hate it.

And nowhere on the WTMJ website does it say where the Brewers game was being broadcast!

What’s up with that?

If any of you know where I can listen to the game this Sunday, please do let me know.

Finally, let me ask you this, "Which is better for the Brewers? The Cubs sweep in St. Louis? The Cardinals sweep? Or a split?

If one team or the other sweeps, it will all but knock one of the two teams out of the playoff picture.

But a safer bet is to give both teams two more losses, thereby lowering the Brewers magic Number, when it returns, that is.

Or not.

I’m open to suggestion on this point.

Given the awfulness of tonight’s game and the overwhelmingly positive response to the recently posted magic trick, I thought of following it up with another one.

Prepare to be amazed!

Here:

Nice.

Enjoy!

Brewers Win! 4-3! A Rare Comeback! PLUS: Soups On! Finding a Way to Win! PLUS: Tale of the Tape! PLUS: A Fantastic Musical Tribute!

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

What a difference a day makes.

How about them Brewers!

Wow.

Jeff Suppan, the $40 Million Man let up a 3-run homer in the second inning and I’m sure that Brewers fans everywhere figured, "Oh boy, here we go again."

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But it didn’t happen that way.

In fact, the Cincinnati Reds didn’t score again.

Then in the fourth inning, the score still Reds 3-0, the Brewers had a chance to score a run with bases loaded and one out. Good ‘Ol No.5, Geoff Jenkins proceeded to strike out swinging.

And again, Brewers fans everywhere thought, "We’re gonna’ get shut out."

But it didn’t happen that way either.

So what did happen?

Jeff Suppan settled down and gave up a total of 3 hits in his 6 innings pitched.

Leaving aside Ray King, Scott Linebrink, The Most Exciting Man in Baseball, and A Man Called Coco were simply lights out.

Offensively, the Brewers manufactured a run in the fifth inning, sparked by Jeff Suppan who led off with a single, followed by a Rickie Weeks single and then a Gabe Gross sacrifice.

In the sixth it was who else?

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Prince Fielder
hit his National League leading 43nd home run.

In the top of the eighth, Fielder walked, Bill Hall doubled, and Jenkins hit a sacrifice to right.

And then, in the top of nine, gutsy Craig Counsell singled for his second hit of the night and scored when Rickie Weeks got his second hit, a triple to the gap in right.

Rickie

Simply Amazing.

Really.

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Tale of the Tape.

Last night your pal Yogi talked about the need for the Brewers to show their mettle and bounce back and find a way to win

Easier said than done.

The Brewers are not a team that often manufactures runs or comes back after being down.

What the Brewers are good at, and this might surprise you, is holding a lead.

I know, you think I’m crazy.

But the Brewers bullpen has 49 holds this season and leads the Major Leagues in this statistic.

After making one mistake, veteran Jeff Suppan got down to business and provided the leadership for which he was brought to this team.

Gabe Gross, Geoff Jenkins, Craig Counsell, all veterans, all found a way to get the job done tonight.

And give credit to Rickie Weeks, much maligned this year (and for good reason) he has turned his game around enough to help this team when they need him most.

And yes, Weeks’ defense remains a mystery (or a disaster, take your pick.) But if he can get hits, and clutch hits, this team may yet still win this.

This may have been the best and biggest win of the second half of the season.

Clutch hitting (despite 9 LOB) and super-clutch pitching, got the Brewers a win when they needed it most.

Just sayin’.

For tonight’s Fantastic Musical Tribute I thought I would give you something different, something jazzy, but definitely cool.

This one is so hot it’s hard to believe.

Note, Donald Fagen on background vocals.

Also note, Skunk Baxter is playing the congas on this song.

Smokin’!

Enjoy!