It looked like the Brewers were about to make a rally at it there at the end, but that Brewers 9th inning, with 3 hard hit balls, is just yet another reminder that it’s really, really easy to convert a 3-run save. Now, for the rest of the game.
It’s crazy to me that Ubaldo Jimenez isn’t the best pitcher in the league. Watching him dial in 97 MPH fastballs over and over again with that kind of movement along with decent off-speed pitches today, I think I was more impressed than I have been by any major league pitcher I’ve seen. The guy just has so much natural talent that it’s hard to imagine him not winning at least one Cy Young award in his lifetime. That talent was certainly reflected in his line today – six strikeouts in six innings, and not a whole lot of the Brewers eight hits against him were exactly crushed.
I thought Yovani Gallardo looked solid today, even though the team gave up 4 runs in his 7 innings. He did make a definite mistake on a 3-0 pitch that Ian Stewart, but I was pleased for the most part by his location and stuff today – and 5 Ks to 2 BBs is nothing to sneeze at. Chris Narveson pitched alright, but I’m not entirely sure I understand why he faced so many right handed batters – isn’t this why clubs carry so many relievers?
Carlos Gomez was the star offensively today, and hopefully his bat flip on his 7th inning home run and the rest of his 4-5 game is a tone setter for the rest of his season. There’s a reason that Gomez was once the centerpiece of the deal sending Johan Santana to New York, and it wasn’t all in his ability to field. The man has hitting potential, and hopefully the Brewers have what it takes to unlock it. I’m not saying I’m ready to jump off bridges for him yet, but it’s possible that he’ll be a productive hitter in Milwaukee.
Overall, the Brewers simply weren’t able to string together the rally they needed against Jimenez, as Jim Edmonds just looked foolish in a couple of RBI opportunities and other players just couldn’t get the hits when they needed to. It’s promising that they were able to hit so many balls hard off of Franklin Morales and get so many runners on base over the course of the game. It’s only a matter of time before these runners get driven in. After all, it’s just one game.