This year’s host of the MLB All-Star Game, the San Diego Padres are in town for a four game series, and they may have just brought some of that California Dreamin’ weather with them. Last night’s series opener was the first time this season the top on the “Keg” was tapped! Clear skies and a 67 degrees allowed the roof at Miller Park to be open at game time.
To me the roof being open is a big deal, even though I love the fact that my team will never be rained out, I still miss County Stadium and a “traditional” baseball venue. Don’t get me wrong the roof is nice, but, there is still something about the open air that really gets the juices flowing.
It is after all Spring in Wisconsin, and temperatures tend to fluctuate, just like it did last night in the 5th, the mercury dipped below 60 so the roof, had to be closed. Projected weather for the weekend and beyond lead me to believe we are on the right side of continued “keggers” as the season progresses.
Along with the nicer weather, the Padres brought their hard luck ace James Shields to fatten up in the “land of beer and cheese,” and that’s just what the 1-5 right-hander did. Shields threw 7 dominating innings, spreading out 7 hits, striking out 9 while walking just one. He dropped his ERA from 3.60 to 3.12 and collected win number 2 on the season.
Jimmy Nelson who has been the “Dr. Henry Jekyll” of the Brewers pitching staff’s “Mr. Edward Hyde” went a team long 8 solid innings, allowing only 5 hits while striking out 5 and allowing just one walk, in his third loss against four wins on the season.
Scooter Gennett, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis made the most of their nights at the plate, each reaching base 3 times with 2 hits apiece. When asked about his return from the 15 day disabled list Gennett said:
“felt good out there, no problem with the oblique…seeing the ball right, put a couple of swings on some balls.”
The Brewers hottest player as of late Ryan Braun, did manage to extend his hitting streak to 12 games (the longest right now in MLB) but failed to get a hit the three times the Brewers had men on base in scoring position. Manager Craig Counsell had this to say about Braun’s night:
“we had the right guy up there in our scoring opportunities, it just didn’t play tonight, but, we did have the right guy up there for sure.”
The Crew and the Padres will go at it again tonight night, hopefully the roof will be open again, but, more importantly the Brewers get a win as they work on getting back to .500 on the season (14-21).
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