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Winning It The Hard Way

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 9:18 AM
Filed Under: Baseball | Heroes and Goats | Milwaukee Brewers | St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright on the mound.  A pitcher the Cardinals beat around last week.  Should be an easy win, right?  With this year's bullpen, never say never.

I'm not advocating that Wainwright should have stayed in the game, mind you.  At 99 pitches, especially after throwing 115 or so last time out, getting him out of there with a lead was the best idea.  I am just not sold on Ryan Franklin being that dominant eighth inning guy that we saw last year.

I'll give him some credit, though--at least part of that inning was out of his control.  I listened to it on the radio and it sounded worse than it was on the highlights.  After the double by Braun, he struck out Fielder, but the ball got away and Braun was able to go to third.  Then what on the radio sounded like a deep drive was a fairly mid-range ball that Ludwick lost in the lights.  If everything goes like it should, Franklin has Braun on second with two outs instead of a runner on third, a run in and only one out.  For that potentially game-losing misplay, you have to give Ryan Ludwick the Goat from last night's game.

Wainwright pitched a good game, but did allow the Brewers to tie it up right after the Cardinals had taken a 2-0 lead.  Troy Glaus got a two-run double, so he's in contention for the Hero selection as well.  Skip Schumaker had the game winning RBI.  But I want to go a little different way.  Brian Barton sits on the bench all night, watches the Brewers tie up the game, and then is the first batter in the ninth against a flamethrower.  Hitting a double in that situation was huge and led to the win.

Afternoon baseball today, as Kyle Lohse and Manny Parra revisit their matchup from last Thursday afternoon.  Lohse was very effective until his last inning, so hopefully with Kyle McClellan especially rested the Cardinal bullpen will be able to bail him out and get the series sweep.

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I thought it was interesting how after the Ludwick misplay, Corey Hart (the beneficiary of the misplay and the regular RF for Milwaulkee) seemed to give a nod of sympathy and a point towards the lights to Ludwick, as if to say "the lights here suck, man, I feel for you."

Of course Hart made a three base error on a Ludwick fly ball the inning before, but I don't think he can blame that one on the lights.

I'd go with Ludwick for the goat and Glaus for the hero - Glaus had the 2 RBI double and also had the great at bat later when he was down 0-2 and worked a walk. Barton's not a bad choice, though, I really like that guy.

I didn't see that, but that is pretty neat. Miller Park hasn't won a whole lot of raves, even though it's one of the new breed of parks. I wonder if Hart has griped about the lights numerous times before, to no avail?

I love seeing Barton in the game... he's such a spark plug!

No doubt. I see that he's getting the start today, so hopefully he can make it count.

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