The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Miller Park South

There was a stiff wind blowing in off the lake yesterday in what was likely to be a pitchers duel. You always get a quality start from Chris Capuano, and while Greg Maddux has struggled lately, windy conditions tend to dampen his mistakes.

Instead, the Brewers pounded four HRs through the stiff breeze en route to a 6-0 shutout win. Prince Fielder hit 2 of the 4, giving him 4 HRs in Wrigley this year, and if my calculations are correct, that is more than any Cub except Jacques Jones. Carlos Lee got the crew off to a good start by hitting a bomb out to left with Jenkins aboard.

Capuano was fantastic as usual. His curve and change-up kept every Cub batter save Neifi Perez off balance for the duration of the evening. Capuano also induced double play grounders from both Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez.

I was in the cheap seats for this game (the 500 level) and it's actually a great place to sit. Rain was threatening all night, and we were covered, and you can easily see the whole field from way up there. Those Brewer homers are right about at eye level.

Tonight I'll be back to watch rookie Zach Jackson take on Cubs' ace Carlos Zambrano. This is a tough matchup, but Jackson has shown some promise, and you never know when Big Z will suffer a nervous meltdown. This will be the Cubs' best chance to steal a game, and if they blow it, they'll probably implode for the rest of the series.

This should be fun.


  • I watched the game on TV. A Brewer fan in a retro "bM" t-shirt caught Fielder's first homer. It was nice to see a fair amount of Milwaukee fans at the game.

    Did you guys sing "roll out the barrel"?

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 12:11 PM  

  • what was with letting cappy hit in the 9th?

    he was already at 118 pitches and the game wasn't close at all. ned yost pisses me off sometimes with his decisions. overall, i still like him mostly, but it's these obvious small decisions that comprise the vast majority of a manager's job, and he repeatedly blows the same ones-- not bringing in turnbow to a tie game on the road (the infamous torre-rivera mistake) being the most egregious.

    By Blogger ahren, at 1:53 PM  

  • That, plus he also almost got injured right after that. They don't have an obvious pitch-count reading at Wrigley (at least, not from where I was sitting) so I didn't even realize he let him get that high. That's some serious pitcher abuse. Maybe he let Dusty Baker manage the inning.

    I was not surrounded by Brewer fans this time as I was last time, so I did not detect any ROTB. Maybe tonight.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:10 PM  

  • yeah, it's a terrible decision all the way around. pitcher abuse issues aside, it's a terrible strategy move.

    people always rip into grady little for his decision to leave pedro in that one time (i still contend this is mostly because of the result), but a decision like this one has to be 4 or 5 times worse from an expected run differential standpoint.

    By Blogger ahren, at 3:18 PM  

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