August 19th, 2012

8-18-12 (vs. Philadelphia)

I woke up at 8:25 on Saturday and did a 15 minute interview with Shane Sparks and Josh Smith on my hometown radio station, 940 WFAW. I went back to bed and slept until noon. I was hoping some extra rest might help with the cold but I woke up just as sick and just as tired. I worked on the post for Friday and Victoria and I left her aunt and uncle’s house at 3:30. We were parked in the Coooooooper Lot 30 minutes later. Victoria headed inside and I walked around for a bit, telling people about Be The Match and why it’s important to grow the registry.

I went inside at 5:10 and met Victoria in section 110. It took a few tries but we got game photo number 119 taken care of.

We went over to the team store and then met up with someone Victoria used to work with. Frank has been following along and he gave me a $50 check made out to Be The Match. Thank you Frank! If any of you would like to make a donation, you can click here.

Victoria and I went up to the loge level and got some dinner before the game. She got the Food Network sloppy joe by section 222 and I got the Chef’s Table Philly cheesesteak. I would’ve preferred provolone instead of cheese sauce and there seemed to be too much bread. It wasn’t Ken & Betty’s good, but it was still a pretty good cheesesteak. I was eating when the first pitch was thrown, so this picture will have to do. Imagine the spoon is Mike Fiers and the bottom right potato chip is Jimmy Rollins taking a called strike.

In the top of the 2nd I was trying to get a good picture of Fiers pitching. I accidentally took two pictures, the first one is of his 87 MPH fastball heading towards home plate. The second is of the ball coming back at 99 MPH, it eventually went over the wall in left to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

The very next batter also went deep, increasing the Phillies lead to three runs. In the bottom of the second the Brewers got one back when Aramis Ramirez hit a solo home run to left, ending Cole Hamels’ scoreless innings streak at 23.

A 3rd inning double by Ryan Howard gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd Jonathan Lucroy connected for a two-out single. Braun stepped to the plate and sent the 1-1 offering deep to left field…

I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a home run but then I swore I saw it disappear into the Brewers bullpen. I think everyone around me also thought it was a home run. Domonic Brown threw the ball back into the infield as Braun was nearing second base. Lucroy was at second and this is what resulted:

I think one of two things happened; either Lucroy thought there were less than two outs and wasn’t sure if the ball was going to be caught, or he thought it was a home run and was just trotting around the bases. I’m guessing it was the former. With two outs he should’ve been on the move right after Braun made contact. At the very least he should’ve been at third base, if not at home with the Brewers second run. Braun wound up in a pickle and instead of stopping at second he just kept running into the outfield. That’s why he’s in shallow left field in the picture above. I found out later that Braun had missed a home run by mere inches and the ball bounced high off the wall.

A guy two rows in front of me and on the other side of the aisle was playing some sort of shooting game DURING the game. “Come on, Man!” I know I miss pitches occasionally while tweeting or something, but I make a concerted effort to pay attention when there’s action on the field.

The game remained 4-1 as the Brewers took their turn at bat in the bottom of the 8th. A two out single by Lucroy brought Braun to the plate once again. This time Braun DID sneak one over the wall (in right field), driving in Lucroy and cutting the deficit to one run.

Hamels was removed and the Phillies closer entered. Jonathan Papelbon retired all 4 batters he faced (while striking out 3) and picked up the save. Final Score: Phillies 4 – Brewers 3. The loss halted the Crew’s home winning streak at 8 games.

It’s 10:20 on Sunday morning and we’ll be leaving shortly for the finale of the four game series. I’ll be heading to Madison after the game but will be right back in Milwaukee for the first game of the Cubs series on Monday evening.

Personal Stats:

Daily Stats:

Time inside Miller Park: 4 hours 12 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 5 hours 31 minutes
Miles riding in car but not driving: 38.8
Sausages: 0
Pitches missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (288/288)
Current streak of pitches seen: 355

Season Stats:

Brewers current record: 54-65 (.454 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 501 hours 24 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 588 hours 52 minutes
Miles driven: 14,045.7
Miles riding in car but not driving: 2,110.1
Public transit miles: 413.8
Flight miles: 17,637
Total distance traveled: 34,206.5 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 137.37% (34,206.5/24,901)
Sausages: 83 (33 Hot Dogs, 28 Polish, 8 Bratwurst, 5 Corndogs, 2 Italian, 2 Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage, Blueberry & Merlot Venison Sausage, Sausage Race on a Stick, Elk Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage)
Pitches missed: 86
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,965 (6/30 – 7/6)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.76% (35,512/35,598)

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