June 20th, 2012
Since I didn’t go to bed until after 3:00 am on Tuesday morning, I slept until 10:00, when I finally pulled myself out of bed. I left the house at 12:30 pm and pulled into my Grandpa’s driveway in Delavan (WI) at 1:10. Wally (my grandpa), Rosalie (my grandma) and I had ham and turkey sandwiches for lunch, and it’s always nice to stop by and visit. Rosalie said that her friends read the blog and all that they’re worried about is my knee (they really don’t care about baseball). I told her what I tell everybody; it hurts, but nothing is broken (I think), so I’m going to keep trucking (and limping). Wally and I played three games of cribbage and I took the rubber match decisively, with a skunking (winning by 30 pegs or more).
I took a short nap on their couch, and left Delavan just after 4:00 pm. I pulled into the Brewers 1 Lot at 4:50, and walked back to the general lot to hand out cards and try to get people to join the registry. After telling a group how easy the donor process can be (I can speak from experience) I think they’re going to join in person at the drive in Madison on Thursday. A guy in another group had heard about me, and got a picture taken with me. His tailgate also provided me with a Miller Lite and a Polish sausage. Thanks Guys!
I entered Miller Park just after 6:15 and went up to section 222 to get the game number picture. There were already people in the first row, so I wound up just going over one section and getting the picture from my “home” section for the year (221). I had a nearby fan take game photo number 68 for me. The roof and its shadow wreak havoc on my camera’s abilities to get a decent picture, and I settled for the one below.
Right after I said thank you to the gentlemen who took the picture, Ryan showed up and we got situated. Ryan is another Twitter follower who agreed to make a $30 donation to Be The Match in exchange for Tuesday’s ticket. Ryan is going to be a senior at UW-Stevens Point in the fall, and he’s also a Fort Atkinson alum.
The Brewers had to call up Tyler Thornburg to make a spot start, since Shaun Marcum was experiencing some elbow tightness. It was Thornburg’s first major league start, and I got a picture as he delivered his first pitch in the big leagues.
Thornburg faced the minimum through two innings, but a third inning two-run home run by Lawrie gave the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the third Thornburg got his first major league at bat, and he wasted no time obtaining a batting average. On the 0-1 pitch he lined a one out double to left center. The picture below was taken just after contact, and I promise Thornburg’s arms and bat are hiding in front of his frame.
The Brewers wound up with four runs in the third, thanks in part to a two-out double from Gomez that scored Thornburg. The Brewers then loaded the bases with two outs, and this is what the next three hitters did: Hart got hit by a pitch, Weeks walked, and Maldonado walked. The last three runs of the inning were scored because the Blue Jays’ starter (Jesse Chavez) couldn’t find the strike zone. It also took patience by the Brewers hitters, so they deserve some credit as well.
The Brewers held the 4-2 lead into the sixth, and that’s when the game got crazy. Thornburg was still pitching in the sixth, and he was doing a pretty good job. The trio of Rasmus, Bautista, and Encarnacion changed that quickly, and Thornburg’s day was over. With one out, and in a span of 11 pitches, the three I mentioned above went back to back to back, and the Blue Jays took a 5-4 lead. They added another run after Thornburg was relieved, and they had a two run advantage going into the bottom of the frame.
In the bottom of the sixth the Brewers loaded the bases with only one out, and Braun stepped to the plate to try and give the Brewers the lead. Braun was patient and drew an RBI walk, and then Aramis Ramirez did his thing. The second pitch from Frasor was a meaty one up in the zone, and Ramirez didn’t miss. This was the pitch, and I like that you can see Ramirez’s bat still on his shoulder, and the ball is almost to the plate.
If you couldn’t tell from my writing; Ram-Ram went Bam-Bam for a Slam-Slam and the Brewers jumped out to a 9-6 lead. Jason, who I went to the game with on June 8th, suggested I use that line. As Ramirez reached home plate he was greeted by the guys he drove in, and Chart (who was due up next for the Crew). I like Braun’s lurking presence on the right side of the picture. Doesn’t it seem like that big foot walk that you always see grainy footage of? He also appears to be making eye contact with my camera.
In the seventh inning the Blue Jays added two runs to their total, and cut the lead to 9-8. K-Rod had a perfect eighth inning, and it was up to Axford to close the door. To consecutive batters, Axford delivered 3-1 pitches that were deposited in the right field bleachers. Rasmus and Bautista went back to back again, this time giving the Blue Jays a one run advantage. The Brewers had the tying run on first with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Taylor Green grounded out to first. Final Score: Blue Jays 10 – Brewers 9.
It was another late lead the the Brewers couldn’t hold, and it’s a tough pill to swallow. At least as a player you can say, “well I need to do this better.” As a fan, all you can do is watch, and it sucks to not have any control. I’m not going to get super upset about losses anymore, because I know I will be seeing a lot of them this year. Even if they somehow turned it around and made a run at the playoffs, I’d still be witnessing another 30 – 35 losses.
Ryan actually had to take off before the game was finished because his ride was leaving, but prior to him leaving I had a fan take a picture of us.
One more picture: The sausages had motorcycle races before the game, and at some point during the game they all came out onto the warning track in centerfield. The Italian, who had won the “tournament”, took off before I was able to take the picture.
That’s all, I’ve got a 8:30 interview on the 95 WIIL ROCK morning show, so I need to get some sleep.
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