July 28th, 2012
Friday I was planning on sleeping in but I woke up at 9:30, which really isn’t sleeping in since I had gone to bed at 3:00. I finished up the blog and returned some emails. I also updated my tracking spreadsheet that I use for all my statistics. People have asked about it so here it is. It’s not a perfect system, but it works for me. This is the “Daily Actuals” tab. Not pictured is an “Actuals” tab that sums things up into individual trips and then season totals.
I left for the game at 3:50 and was parked by 5:00. I walked the parking lot for about 30 minutes and then Brandon (a twitter follower who joined me on June 18th) texted me saying he was tailgating and invited me over. I stopped by just as it started to rain, had a cheddarwurst and a hot dog, and thanked him and his friends.
I went inside at 6:20 and at that point Brandon texted me letting me know that Greinke was traded. It’s sad to see him go, but it sounded like he was intent on testing free agency, so the Brewers did what they could by getting something in return. We’ll see if the three players we got in the trade pan out.
I went up to section 204 and got game photo number 99 taken care of. A couple of friends happened to be hanging out in the loge bleachers at the time and I had one of them (Poeppel) take the picture for me. Almost triple digits!!!
After chatting about baseball for a bit I went over to my seat and waited for my twitter follower to join me. Some of the Nationals were in shallow left field stretching and getting ready for the game. Bryce Harper is the Nationals’ 19 year old wonder kid. He’s been on everyone’s radar since his early teens, and made the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2009 at the age of 16. He’s wearing stirrups in the picture below, something that only a handful of players still wear. He also appears to be bragging about how big the fish was that got away (OK, he was actually doing the back and forth stretch for the shoulders).
One of the Nationals’ coaches was throwing gum into the stands before the game started. I couldn’t find number 89 on their website under coaches, so i have have no idea who he is. It was nice of him to share some of the Dubble Bubble with a few fans.
Rachel (the twitter follower who was joining me) interns with the Brewers Community Foundation and was helping them get ready for the 14th annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk. She had originally said she should be done by 5:00 but they had a little mishap and she wasn’t able to meet me until after the seventh inning stretch. Her $40 donation is greatly appreciated, though, so thanks Rachel! Even though we only spent 30 minutes together I could tell she’s a great person.
Mike Fiers got the start for the Brewers and he didn’t disappoint. Here he is about to deliver the first pitch of the game:
The game was scoreless as it went to the bottom of the fourth. With two outs Aramis Ramirez hit his 34th double of the season on a line drive to right field. Chart was up next, and the second pitch he saw…
Hart’s home run to left gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead. In the fifth inning the first two batters struck out, just like in the fourth, and then the offense went to work. Aoki doubled and Gomez singled to drive him in (3-0). Gomez stole second with Braun at the plate and then Braun slapped an 0-2 pitch to right on a great piece of hitting to drive in Gomez (4-0). Ramirez followed Braun with a two-run home run to left-centerfield to give the Crew a six run advantage. Here’s Ramirez touching home after his 427 foot home run.
The six runs was nice but having six runs on the scoreboard had been ominous (see the Philly series) so I was a little nervous. The nervousness was not warranted, however, and the final three and a half innings went very quickly. Overall, 21 of the final 26 batters (for both teams) were retired and the Brewers completed the shutout. Final Score: Brewers 6 – Nationals 0. The seven game losing streak was over, and I was relieved. Mike Fiers pitched six and third innings, gave up 4 hits, 3 walks, 0 runs, and struck out 9. He’s pitched 68 innings for the Brewers this year and has given up 13 earned runs, for a minuscule 1.72 ERA. His ground out to fly out ratio is very low, which is a little alarming but hopefully he can keep this up.
I’m in Madison right now and Victoria and I will be leaving in about an hour. We’re meeting her aunt and uncle in Pewaukee then driving to the game for some tailgating. It’s supposed to be a perfect day, and I’m looking forward to being comfortable in the parking lot for a change.
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