July 3: Livan shags a homer
This .gif might be the biggest contribution Livan Hernandez made to the Brewers this year. When Hart homered off Anibal Sanchez to start the 6th inning, Livan was able to track the ball in the bullpen and did his best Carlos Gomez impression. I was tempted to put this one into the defensive .gifs post.
July 17: Longest of the year
Rickie Weeks was in the middle of the Great Slump of 2012, entering the day hitting just .199/.316/.344. Despite the slump, Weeks still proved he can crush a mistake pitch, like he did on this 462-foot shot off St. Louis’ Joe Kelly. This would be the longest shot by a Brewer in 2012 (and would’ve made for a great TMJ4 ad).
July 24: Greinke goes yard
If this was going to be Zack Greinke’s final appearance as a Brewer, he was going to make it a memorable one. Not only did he throw a gem — 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K on 87 pitches (54 for strikes) — but he also took one of the game’s best pitchers deep. Unfortunately, the game was Greinke’s 2012 in a nutshell: a good-to-great outing, only to be spoiled by bullpen disaster. The Brewers lost the game, and Greinke was traded 4 days later.
August 16: Hart’s grand bat flip
The Brewers had struggled to do much of anything offensively in the first 7+ innings against Cliff Lee, but started a little something with two outs in the bottom of the 8th. Rickie Weeks reached on an error. Lee was pulled for Josh Lindblom, who intentionally walked Ryan Braun and unintentionally walked Aramis Ramirez. Hart then unloaded the bases, giving the Brewers a 7-4 lead and ultimately the win after a Jim Henderson save.
August 27: #lolcubs
Alex Hinshaw is your typical journeyman reliever. He was making just his second appearance with the Cubs when he stepped onto the mound to start the 9th inning, trying to hold Chicago’s deficit at 6-4. What followed was the inning from hell. He walked Nori Aoki. Then he gave up a single to Rickie Weeks. Then he gave up a three-run home run to Ryan Braun. Then a solo shot to Aramis Ramirez. And then the home run to Corey Hart above. His line for the night: 0.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 HR, and a DFA the next day.
September 30: Phantom Home Run
While not a Brewers .gif, this still might be my favorite home run .gif of the year. Washington’s Mike Morse hit a grand slam against St. Louis, but umpires blew the call and said the ball hit the top of the fence before bouncing back into play. After review, it was determined Morse did in fact hit a grand slam. To make sure all runners actually touched every base, umps called everyone back on the field to re-touch the bases. That resulted in Morse heading back to the batter’s box and pantomiming his swing.