I woke up this morning and I came to a shocking realization.
I realized that:
- There was 2-4 inches of snow on the ground
- Livan Hernandez shut down the Brewers offense
- The Brewers just got swept by the Nationals
What kind of Bizarro World did I just wake up in? What's with all this snow? Where is the global warming when I need it? And really, who loses both ends of a doubleheader? Besides the Brewers like 400 times already. Who's even managing this team, Ned Macha? Seriously, what is going on here?
That being said besides the snow I don't see any reason to panic. Maybe in retrospect I'd prefer Yovani didn't throw 111 pitches in his second start of the season because he hasn't been the same since, but that will work itself out. (Hopefully.) Let's do something that we never do around here and look at the past three days and maybe come to some understanding about how this sweep could happen.
I can't blame the self proclaimed fastest man in baseball Carlos Gomez for trying to stretch his game-tying single into a double in the ninth inning even though I know that Rick Ankiel has a hand cannon that would have gunned out The Flash in a similar situation, but I can look at that as a point that may have changed the game. After all Ryan Braun was on deck and he's like really good looking. He also plays baseball.
For those of you who hate Yuniesky Betancourt regardless of what he does in the present this was the game for you. His throwing error in the 10th inning cost the Brewers the game. Would a better first baseman have gotten it? Sure. JT Snow or John Olerud would have had that no doubt, but those guys aren't on the Brewers and those guys aren't hitting 40+ homeruns this season. You take the good with the bad. The error itself might not have been so bad, but the fact that it came with Jayson Werth at the plate pretty much sealed our fate. He's like really good at baseball. He also looks like Edge.
One run games are a coin flip and the Brewers lost this one. That's it.
SATURDAY: SIGHT SEEING!!!!
The Brewers game got rained out so much of the team decided to take in the sights of our nation's capital.
In game one we'll ignore the part where Danny Espinosa hit a 3-run homerun (on a good pitch) and instead look at the fourth inning when Yovani Gallardo singled to load the bases with one out. Top of the order and everything is going the Brewers way. What happens? Rickie Weeks fouls out and then Craig Counsell grounds out to end the inning. A hit from either one of them probably scores two and we have a different game. Espinosa's homerun would've made it 4-4 and then, who knows? Those two at-bats did more to hurt the Brewers run expectancy than any other in the game.
As for game two... I don't know. Virgin sacrifice? Voodoo? A deal with the devil? There is no logical answer for why Livan Hernandez is still a quality MLB pitcher. None whatsoever.
Crappy series like this one are bound to happen during the course of the season. The fact that the Brewers are only a game under .500 with the tough schedule they've played and the fact that Zack Greinke and Corey Hart haven't played a single inning for them yet is great news. I'm still feeling good about this team. BRING ON THE PHILLIES!