Brewers Sweep Phillies, Remain Red-Hot
The Milwaukee Brewers left Fenway Park with their first road sweep of the Red Sox in over 20 years Sunday afternoon, and four days later, they leave Philadelphia with their first road sweep of the Phillies ever.
Over parts of four games, the Brewers set a club record of 22 consecutive innings with at least one base hit, surpassing the previous club record of 18 hits set by the 1987 Brewers, more affectionately known as “Team Streak”.
Highlights from the series includes Ryan Braun’s coming out party; he hit three home runs Tuesday night and had no interest in letting the Phillies fans boos get him down. He followed that up with a pivotal triple in Wednesday night’s game and a decent outing once again tonight.
Curiously, Ron Roenicke never used Rule 5 draft pic Wei-Chung Wang during the series, even considering the leads the Brewers held late in games. Instead, Tyler Thornburg and Jim Henderson each had multiple outings over the course of the series, confusing fans as to when the rookie’s first appearance will be. The consensus seems to be from fans at this point that Wang will not make it into a game until the Brewers are losing by several runs late in the game, primarily in a mop-up role, at least until Roenicke gets some idea of what he has in Wang.
Speaking of Roenicke, he made another curious replay decision Thursday night. In the top of the 5th inning, Carlos Gomez singled and was tagged out trying to stretch it into a double. On replay, it shows that the fielder may have missed the tag, being impeded by his own foot. However, Roenicke has repeatedly mentioned that he will not challenge a play if it does not appear to be a blatantly obvious reversal.
The Brewers return to Milwaukee tomorrow night, and start a six-game, six-day home stand versus the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Day games are on Sunday and Wednesday, and the first five games of the home stand are part of the 5-county, 5-day celebration, with most tickets being half-off to those in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties.