Thursday, May 19, 2011

Brewer at Padres May 18th

So in game two my father and I went to Petco Park in San Diego to see the Brewers take on the Padres.  We had very good seats, 5 rows from the field in shallow left field, and were surrounded by Brewers fans.  By the end their may have been more Brewers fans in the park with an attendance of only 16,901 for the game.  The stadium on a whole was very nice.  Much more open than Chase Field and really gave you the feeling of being outside, which was nice.  It was, however, a little chilly by San Diego standards but still manageable.  Again I don't know what it is with these parks but Petco again failed to flash the pitches lines after the pitchers were removed.  Very frustrating in trying to keep score because one of Moseley's runs was unearned.  They also waited until about 15 minutes before the game to announce the lineups, which was the opposite of Chase Field who had lineups up when we got here an hour before the game.    

But on to the game itself.  In this game we again got to see Cameron Maybin, although this time in only a pinch hitting role. In my last game breakdown I had talked about how he had flopped.  However, from the stats posted at Petco he seems to be having a very nice season with the Padres which makes the Marlins look very stupid for giving up on him.

The only offense produced by the Padres was a two run home run by Ryan Ludwick.  This was the second home run we have seen Ludwick hit on this trip as he also homered at Chase Field.  Besides from that the Padres offense was stifled by Yovani Gallardo who pitched brilliantly.  Striking out 9 in 6 innings, while only giving up 2 runs.  Gallardo has really blossomed into the pitcher the Brewers were hoping.  Since he was brought up he has had a lot of expectations and is continuing to fulfill them.

The Brewers on the other hand got more production from their offense.  But when you have the likes of Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, and Rickie Weeks, this is to be expected.  Weeks was the only of those to go hitless and had an awful day which included striking out with two outs and the bases loaded in the  6th inning.  But Fielder had 2 hits with 2 runs and an RBI; Braun had a hit, a run, and a RBI; and Hart had 3 hits and scored a run.  So the top guys who have been anchoring the lineup for some time now came through for the Brewers.

Two notes of old players that I didn't know were still in MLB from last night.  First, Mark Kotsay is on the Brewers and actually had himself a day with 3 hits and 2 RBIs.  I had thought that he had retired by now.  Second, which I saw on the scoreboard from a highlight from the Rockies game was the Jason Giambi is still playing big league ball.  I thought the former Yankee had retired a few years ago but he made the final out in the Rockies game, which the Padres fans cheered about.

Another former Yankee who played in the Padres game was starting pitcher Dustin Moseley.  He had once been a Yankee reliever/spot starter.  He got the start and went 5.1 innings giving up 3 runs, 2 of which were earned.  I didn't know that he was a starter for the Padres but looked decent until he got in to a jam in the sixth.

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