6-30-12 (vs. Arizona)
I went to Saturday’s game with Crandall, who joined me at the games on April 24th and May 8th. We got to Miller Park at 3:45, and waited for some people who we were going to meet up with. A friend who I went to preschool with is getting married in August, and he and his fiancé were having a wedding-party tailgate at the game. Crandall had tickets of his own, and we sold those to donate to Be The Match. We found out that Tim (our friend who’s getting married) had two extra tickets for the suite they were in, so I wound up selling my two tickets as well. All in all a good day for Be The Match (an $80 donation from selling tickets). We tailgated with Tim for an hour or so, and before heading in we had a passerby take a picture for us. I won’t give everyone’s name, because that would be tedious. Tim and Rachel are the ones getting married, and they’re directly behind the “Tying The Knot” sign.
I made it inside at 6:03 for the 6:15 first pitch, and was up in suite 69 with a few minutes to spare. This was the view from the outdoor seating area.
Mike Fiers was on the hill for the Brewers, and he’s been great since he got called up from the minors. Here is Fiers pitching in the top of the third inning.
The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, and in the third Braun doubled the lead with a home run to centerfield. Going clockwise from top left:
1) Braun about to make contact with the 1-2 pitch from Wade Miley.
2) Braun as he is about to touch second base.
3) Ed Sedar giving Braun a low target for a congratulatory high five.
4) Braun as he touches home plate, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth inning the Brewers erupted for six runs. Ransom drove in three (including himself) with a home run to left field. Going clockwise from top left:
1) Ransom following through on his home run swing.
2) A zoomed out look at the field of play, with Hart passing Ed Sedar, Rickie heading towards third base, and Ransom approaching second.
3) Ransom getting a more traditional handshake from Ed Sedar.
4) Ransom getting some love from Weeks and Hart after touching home plate to give the Crew a 5-0 lead.
Maldonado followed Ransom with a single to right field. Fiers sacrificed him to second and Aoki flew out to centerfield. The first pitch Gomez saw was lined to right field, and he wound up at third base with a triple. He had an awesome dive/slide into third base, and I just missed him when he was airborne. The best I could do was capturing him just before he reached third base.
Braun followed Gomez’s triple with another home run, his 22nd of the year, which puts him in first place in the National League. Clockwise from top left.
1) Braun crushing the 1-2 pitch from Miley to left field.
2) Braun making his way towards second base.
3) Rounding third…
4) Braun getting a low five from Aramis Ramirez after he gave the Brewers an 8-0 lead.
In the fifth inning Ransom singled home Weeks, and in the sixth Gomez hit a 442 foot home run to increase the Brewers’ lead to 10-0. In the eighth inning the Diamondbacks spoiled the shutout with an RBI fielder’s choice. In the ninth Miguel Montero cut the deficit to eight runs with a solo home run, but that’s all they got. Final score: Brewers 10 – Diamondbacks 2.
After the game Crandall and I went down to section 218 to get game photo number 77. Since we didn’t get inside early enough to do it before the game we figured after the game was just as good.
I missed two pitches at the game, and they were both due to me looking at my camera and getting distracted. I was hoping to get on a roll, and I still have 8 games left to do so before the All-Star break. In other news; I’m leaving in less than 10 hours for the rubber match of the series, so I need to get some sleep. Go Brewers!
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