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Monday, April 25, 2011

Brewers Host Reds After Taking Two of Three From Astros

The Brewers won their series against the Astros yesterday led by another strong start by Randy Wolf (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 HR). It's a good thing they won, because many of us would have been pretty mad if they lost the series after bungling Saturday's game. I was at Saturday's game with a group of friends and family. It was actually a pretty exciting game, and we had a great time. Yes, the 8th inning was a circus act (much thanks to Jaymes Langrehr at the Brewers Bar for this awesome version of it). It was definitely a game of wasted opportunities, but I was sure excited when Braun scored off of Prince's double in the bottom of the ninth, and it was great to see Axford pitch a clean inning for the first time this year. (I snagged a picture of Prince swinging for that hit, included in this post. The ball hasn't reached him yet and can be seen just above the third base line.)

The series against the Astros in some ways provides a snapshot of the Brewers season thus far -- more or less solid pitching with mostly strong play and some horribly embarrassing moments mixed in. At 11-10 they sit a half game back from the division-leading Cardinals and begin a home series against the Reds today. The Brewers should fare better this time around than Opening Weekend when the Reds swept them in Cincinnati and helped the Brewers begin the season 0-4. Since then the Brewers have played quality ball more often than not while the Reds have endured a rough stretch after beginning the season 7-3. It should be an exciting series, as should any series this season between any combination of the Brewers, Reds, Cardinals, and Cubs (last night's game between the Cardinals and Reds was no exception).

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