On the heels of a last at-bat victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Brewers stuck a walkoff win down the throats of Carlos Marmol and the Chicago Cubs.
I don’t care that we’re 24-34. It’s a great time to be a Milwaukee Brewers fan.
Yovani Gallardo continued his ridiculous run since his poor opening to the season. In seven shutout innings, he struck out seven batters while only walking two. His fastball was touching 95 and he drew a total of 12 swinging strikes in his 110 pitches. His pitch count ran high after throwing 47 pitches in the 4th and 5th innings, but quick innings in the 6th and 7th saved the Brewers bullpen some work. Unfortunately, both Carlos Villanueva and John Axford gave up runs, and Ted Lilly’s excellent performance would not allow Gallardo to pick up a “win” tonight.
If you had told me before the season that Corey Hart would be the hero that he has been this year, I would have laughed you out of the room. Instead, he slugged his 15th home run and tied the game in the 8th. Hart still has his flaws – he’s striking out a ton – but he’s been great this season and has shown life in his bat that has been missing since 2007.
If you would’ve told anybody around the league that Casey McGehee would duplicate his performance from last season, they would’ve laughed you out of the room. Plenty of players have had good rookie seasons and fell down to earth for the rest of their career, even if they had solid minor league numbers. McGehee did not, and as such most projection systems, as well as many analysts league wide, kind of cast McGehee off. Not that we’re out of the woods with him yet – it’s only 650 PA in total – but his numbers for this year almost exactly mirror his numbers from last season. Tonight, he came through in yet another big situation, singling home the winning run off of Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.
Marmol is easily the toughest pitcher to hit in the majors. He was running a 17.4 K/9 entering last night’s game, inducing swinging strikes on 15.5% of pitches. He had only allowed 13 hits in 26.1 innings. 2010 Carlos Marmol had been, quite possibly, the most unhittable pitcher in baseball history, and probably still is after this appearance. But Casey got to him, and Casey beat the Cubs tonight.
He described it after the game, as Tom Haudricort tweeted:
It was a fist fight. He’s nasty.
That’s the understatement of whatever time period you choose.