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Hnarration: Trevor’s Tears

April 30, 2010

It’s time to hassle the Hoff.  Not only did the Brewers 22 game home winning streak against the Bucs come to an end this series, they have now begun a home losing streak against them.  Baseball is a team sport and I would never say that a team’s success depends upon one individual.  I would say that the blame can be placed upon an individual in the case of defeat.  Losing the last two games in Milwaukee can certainly be blamed upon Trevor.  We were able to get one win out of this series, but I doubt anyone connected to the Brewers are satisfied with this result.

Monday’s game continued where last week’s series in Pittsburgh left off.  The hometown bats were able to reel off 17 hits with as many runs being scored.  This game changed me deep down because for the rest of his Brewer career I will be rooting for Casey Mcgeehee to commit errors, just so he can rip some more grand slams.  Couple this great offensive output with a strong pitching performance by Gallardo and the bullpen allowing 3 runs, only 1 of which was earned led to another blowout.

And here come the tears.  Tuesday night’s game was certainly a pitcher’s duel between Wolf and Karstens hurling for the Pirates.  After tying the game in the 7th inning thanks to a Kottaras homer and taking the lead in the 8th from a long shot from the Prince things were looking bright.  Wolf was in line for the win and the all time saves leader was coming out to add another to his historic total.  One inning, one walk, four hits and two long balls later the game was far out of reach to come back in the bottom half of the ninth.

More tears on the way.  The Wednesday getaway game featured the first start by Chris Narveson (replace Suppan in the rotation) and things got off to a rocky start.  After allowing three runs in the top of the first the Crew were able to bounce back in the bottom half and tie the game.  Both Narveson and Maholm (the Bucs starter) calmed down and pitched well the remainder of their respective outings.  The Brewers did take the lead on a Corey Hart homer in the fourth and held that until the ninth.  And guess who came out to pitch the ninth.  Mr. Hoffman, and sure enough allowed Pittsburgh to tie the game which led to five extra innings and an eventual Brewers loss.

Macha defended Hoffman after his blown save Tuesday night, and I believe rightly so.  Hoffman has historically gotten the job done and did have some hiccups early last year.  Regardless, concern has to be raised on who will close games if Trevor can’t figure it out in the ninth and there isn’t an easy answer.  After Gagne imploded (and wasted $10 million in salary) a few years back Solomon Torres filled in and performed admirably.  We may need the same type of hero in 2010 whether it is Hawkins, Villanueva, Coffey, or really anyone who can get the job done without sacrificing more wins, each of which is extremely valuable in such a tight division.

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