7-14-12 (vs. Pittsburgh)
I went to Saturday’s game with Victoria and her parents. The three of them met me in Sussex, where I left my car, and then we made our way to Miller Park. We’re staying at Victoria’s aunt’s place in Sussex for the night, so it made sense to just drive one car to the game. We got to the parking lot at 3:05, and headed back to the Molitor Lot on the other side of the interstate. Right next to the interstate they have a Brewers M on one side of the road and a ball and glove logo on the other side. Here’s the Brewers M with the Miller Park Way exit above it.
We went to the Molitor Lot to meet Victoria’s friend Natalie and the enormous tailgate that her family puts on. This was the 9th Annual King of Brewer Events. Natalie lives in Phoenix and Dustin and I had lunch with her when the Brewers played out there in May. Victoria has been friends with Natalie since college, and we’re all grateful that they allowed non-family members to join in the festivities. When we arrived they had already fired up all three grills, and soon we had the first course, if you will. Below is grilled chicken and pineapple skewers. The pineapple had been brushed with cinnamon, and the chicken had been marinated. If this was all there was I would’ve been satisfied. There were also marinated grilled steak skewers, which are not pictured, but were also delicious.
After the chicken and steak were demolished they moved into sausages. I don’t know if they patented this next skewer, but they should. Here you have a “Sausage Race on a Stick”, well, a bunch of them. The far left skewer, for example, going nearest to farthest segments of: Bratwurst (racing sausage #1), Polish (#2), Italian (#3), Hot dog (#4), and Chorizo (#5).
They also had whole sausages, distinguishable by taste (or the convenient labels).
I had a Polish, a Sausage Race on a Stick, and potato salad. Miller Park awaits in the background:
There were three designated grill masters; Roger, Joe, and Tony (Natalie’s dad). Well done grill masters, well done.
Natalie’s second cousin, Cassie, made some cancer ribbon cookies to celebrate her mother’s (Renee) triumph over cancer, and to commemorate my mission as well. The sign on the right says celebrate survivors.
Victoria made a cheeseburger cake. Say WHAAAAAAAAT!?!?!
We did have a group picture taken that contains 50 or so people who attended the event. It wasn’t taken with my camera so I don’t have it yet. I can hopefully use it in Sunday’s post.
Around 5:30 we started packing up, and after dropping off our cooler at the car we made our way towards Miller Park. We stopped outside the home plate entrance and had a nearby fan take a picture of the four of us. Victoria’s parents (Terry and Deb) are on the left, and Victoria and I are on the right.
I wasn’t sure if the front row of any sections would be empty, let alone the one I needed (210). It worked out well and even though the game was set to start in 15 minutes there was a spot in the front of section 210 where I could stand. Game photo number 87:
I was in my seat five minutes before first pitch and Victoria and her parents arrived just before Marco Estrada delivered a strike to Drew Sutton.
The Brewers got on the board in the second inning. Aramis Ramirez led off with a double and Corey Hart followed with a triple.
Here’s Hart just before sliding safely into third base.
Rickie grounded out to the shortstop but drove in Hart in the process. The Brewers didn’t hold the 2-0 lead for long as the Pirates tied it in the top of the third. Andrew McCutchen hit a two run home run on an 0-2 pitch, and the score was knotted at two. The Brewers came right back in their half of the third and scored twice, giving them a 4-2 lead. Ramirez reached on an error and Aoki scored on the play then Hart hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Braun.
The Pirates scored once in the sixth, twice in the seventh, and once in the eighth. After the third the Brewers only mustered two hits and weren’t able to score. Final Score: Pirates 6 – Brewers 4. It was a frustrating game because they had the lead heading into the seventh, but couldn’t close the door. Brewers pitchers did amass 15 strikeouts, Estrada accounting for 11 of them in five and two thirds innings. He retired 17 batters in his outing, and ~ 65% went down via the K. Nicely done Marco. They keep tally of the strikeouts above the right field loge bleachers. 15 is the max that can fit, so who knows what happens when they go over (probably nothing). All the K’s used to be blue, but just recently they changed it so that every third K is orange. It makes them a lot easier to count.
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