Good News: The Phillies and Mets lost!
Bad News: That was an ugly game.
At this point, it's safe to say Tommy Hanson is either going to be brilliant or pretty awful. He went 5 innings and only allowed 4ER, but nearly every ball hit by the Brew Crew was destroyed. We need Tommy to be much more consistent if we're going to keep our big lead in the NL East.
Randy Wolf pitched pretty well and had the Braves looking awful in the first few innings, and ended up throwing 6 innings of 3-run baseball. The Brewers horrible bullpen found a way to shut the Braves down for the final 3 innings of the game.
The Brewers scored early and often on Friday. Alcides Escobar drove in the first run for the Brewers in the 2nd inning and Randy Wolf followed with a sac-fly to CF to score the 2nd run. Ryan Braun hit a 2-run HR in the 3rd inning to put Milwaukee up 4-0.
Troy Glaus got the Braves on the board in the 4th with a RBI-double that scored Heyward from 1st. Glaus was stranded on 2nd, and the Braves couldn't do anything else with the scoring opportunity.
Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart both drove in a run in the 6th to put the Brewers up 6-1 after the 6th.
The Braves showed a little life in the 6th and 7th. Brian McCann drove in Martin Prado with a single up the middle and Brooks Conrad came up with a big an rbi-single to score Alex Gonzalez from 3rd. The Braves trailed 6-3 with two on and no out. Martin Prado struck out for the 1st out. With the crowd going wild, Heyward drew a walk to load the bases with only 1 out. Chipper Jones popped up a 2-2 fastball and Troy Glaus flew out to deep center field. Opportunity wasted.
Kenshin Kawakami came in the 8th and failed to keep the game close. Prince Fielder hit a 2-out, 2-run RBI double and Corey Hart followed with an RBI-single to left.
Brewers win 9-3.
Brewers Bullpen (Coffey, Braddock, Loe, Hoffman) - 3.0IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
Tommy Hanson - 5IP, 7H, 4R, 1BB, 5K
Tomorrow's game will feature Tim Hudson against Chris Narveson. 7:10EST start time.