Friday, April 4, 2008
Brewers Crush Giants in Home Opener 13-4
45,212 fans turned up to watch the Milwaukee Brewers for the home opener at Miller Park, the third-largest crowd in the ballpark's eight-year history. In the first game of the year against Chicago, Tony Gywnn Jr. shined. The next game Jason Kendall & Jeff Suppan stole the spotlight. Friday's game was Bill Hall's turn.
Hall was moved this season to 3rd base from center field, taking over for Ryan Braun. Braun's bat was amazing last year earning him NL Rookie of the Year honors, but his glove wasn't as reliable. Hall had a down year last year, but looked to change all that this year. Today's game he did not disappoint going 3-for-5 with 2 HR's and 6 RBIs.
The Brewer bats were hot all around crushing the Giants 13-4 with 16 hits. Rickie Weeks extended his streak of games with a run scored at 17. That ties a MLB record. Weeks went 2-for-4 with 1 walk and 3 runs scored. Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs.
The win went to Carlos Villanueva who pitched 5 innings, gave up 8 hits, 2 runs, and had 6 strikeouts tying a career high, for a 3.38 ERA. One other note Ryan Braun did not get into the hit parade, going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. Probably the only negative in an otherwise great game by the Brew Crew.
Brewers take on the Giants Saturday with the Giants sending Kevin Correia and the Brewers, Manny Para. Para is a promising young pitcher who has been given the opportunity in the starting rotation.
Here we go Brewers.....Here we go!!!!!