7-16-12 (vs. St. Louis)

On Monday I actually got something done (besides going to a Brewers game). I had a tune-up before the season started at the Honda Service Center in Madison, and since my car was nearing 90,000 miles they said it was a good time to change my spark plugs. They wanted $60 just for the labor, so I passed. I bought the spark plugs myself and planned on doing it later. Seeing as my car is now over 95,000 miles I figured I shouldn’t wait any longer. I had replaced them on my ’93 Grand Am back in 2005, and the Accord is a lot different. For the car it involves using an socket extension that can reach down into the engine to access the spark plug. I watched a short tutorial online and didn’t have too many problems. I’ll let you guess which one got replaced…

After replacing the spark plugs I went to my friend Dustin’s parent’s house in Fort. Dustin was golfing with his parents, but they said it was alright if I chilled in the pool for a while until they were done. Every time I’m there I always reminisce about all the good times we had at the pool growing up. His parents keep it in tip-top shape; nicely done Luke and Penny.

Dustin got home from golfing and we hit up Jimmy Johns, and then Frostie Freeze. They’re right next to each other on Madison Avenue in Fort Atkinson, so it works out pretty well. I mentioned Frostie Freeze in a previous post, so you can refer to that for me details. It’s a nice ice cream place and I got an Oreo-Reese’s Pieces Candy Freeze. As always, it was superb.

We left Frostie Freeze just before 5:00 and we were parked in the Cooper lot by 6:05. We went right inside and headed to section 208, where Dustin took game photo number 89. Thanks Dustin!

After walking around for a bit we went to our seats and waited for the game to start. They had the Junior Diamond Dancers perform in the outfield with some of the actual Diamond Dancers. I know I wouldn’t be able to remember a routine, so this isn’t a jab at the little tikes. It’s cute to see some of them watch the Diamond Dancers to see what move is next then duplicate it to the best of their abilities, all while trying to catch up.

Jerry Kelly threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches, it was a little low but he got it over the plate. I’m sorry, I think I’m just assuming everyone knows who Jerry Kelly is. He is a Madison native who plays (and has won) on the PGA (golf) tour. Fore…

The game started and it was a pitcher’s duel from the get-go. Mike Fiers was on the hill for the Brewers, and he was on his game. He lasted seven innings, allowed zero runs, four hits, four walks, and struck out four. Since joining the Brewers on May 29th in Los Angeles he’s pitched 53 and 2/3 innings and given up 12 runs, for an ERA of 2.01. I don’t know if he can keep this pace up, but he’s definitely looking like a strong candidate to make the rotation out of camp next season. Here he is delivering the first pitch of the game (a strike) to Rafael Furcal.

The Brewers got on the board in the bottom of the seventh to break the scoreless tie. With one out Corey Hart lifted a deep drive to center field that hit off the bottom of the scoreboard, 1-0 Brewers. Here’s a blurry Corey Hart giving a high five to Ed Sedar on his way towards home plate. I’ve been trying to get someone in the process of clapping to frame a picture. Mission accomplished.

The Brewers added a run in the eighth when Ryan Braun doubled home Norichika Aoki.

Axford came on in the ninth to try and get the save:

Axford walked the leadoff batter in the ninth (always a no-no) but then got the next two hitters to fly out. Over the next three batters Axford had five two-strike counts, where all he needed was one strike to get out of the inning and deliver a win for the Crew. Instead the Cardinals singled, walked, and singled, and the game was tied at two. The next hitter, Allen Craig, also singled, this time on an 0-2 pitch, and the Cardinals took the lead. The Brewers didn’t score in the 9th and it was another excruciatingly painful loss. Final Score: Cardinals 3 – Brewers 2.

I’m going to the game tomorrow with a good friend whose wedding I stood up in last September, and I’m looking forward to it. Also, I mentioned on twitter that my two tickets are available for Tuesday’s game, and no one has claimed them yet. Jeff, who I went to the game with on May 22, gave me his two seats for the game, thus the reason I won’t be needing my two. I’m asking for a $60 donation, which will go to Be The Match. The money helps other people join the registry for free, and potentially save someone’s life. If you read the blog and want two tickets in section 221 for Tuesday’s game (7/17), leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. I can see the commenter’s email addresses, and this is how I would get ahold of you.

Personal Stats:

Daily Stats:

Time inside Miller Park: 4 hrs 19 mins
Time on stadium grounds: 4 hrs 36 mins
Miles driven: 124.8
Sausages: 0
Pitches missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (300/300)
Current streak of pitches seen: 367

Season Stats:

Brewers current record: 42-47 (.472 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 378 hours 51 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 443 hours 34 minutes
Miles driven: 9,476.8
Miles riding in car but not driving: 1,913.2
Public Transit miles: 316.3
Flight Miles: 13,989
Total distance traveled: 25,695.3 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 103.19% (25,695.3/24,901)
Sausages: 71 (29 Hot Dogs, 21 Polish, 8 Bratwurst, 5 Corndogs, 2 Italian, Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage, Blueberry & Merlot Venison Sausage, Sausage Race on a Stick)
Pitches missed: 63
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,965 (6/30 – 7/6)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.77% (26,991/27,054)

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