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Braun Gone: Brewers Slugger Slams 3 HR in Win Over Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, April 08, 2014 07:44 PM | Comments: 38
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Behind three home runs from Ryan Braun, the Brewers bested the Phillies in their home opener at Citizens Bank Park, 10-4.

Please Stop Booing Ryan Braun

-Ryan Braun went yard three times, hitting career home runs no. 15, 16, and 17 in just his 44th career game against the Phils. His seven RBI on the day is a career high and ties a franchise record. Braun, who was caught cheating by Major League Baseball last season, was booed and called an “asshole” by Phillies fans on numerous occasions throughout the game. It didn’t work. It actually very much had the opposite effect.

Bad Kyle vs. Worse Kyle

-In a battle of bad Kyle’s, Kendrick was worse. Kendrick went just five innings allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits. He walked two, struck out three. Of his 90 pitches, he hit on just 54 for strikes. Not a great home opener showing. This is what you’ll get from KK – a solid start followed by a dud.

-Kyle Lohse was skittish from the get-go and never seemed to completely find his footing, although the Phillies let him off the hook several times. Lohse got through five innings by throwing 105 pitches. He allowed five walks and struck out only three. But they let him off the hook, as Dennis Green once said.

Phillies Strand Too Many

-Here are the number of runners the Phillies left on base, by inning:

  • 1st: 3 LOB
  • 2nd: 2 LOB
  • 3rd: 1 LOB
  • 4th: 1 LOB
  • 5th: 2 LOB
  • 6th: 1 LOB
  • 7th: 1 LOB

In the first two innings against Lohse, the Phillies stranded five runners. Carlos Ruiz was robbed of two RBI on a great diving catch by Braun in the second inning.

In the third, Dom Brown singled and stayed at first. In the fourth, J-Roll doubled in Revere but was left there. In the fifth, the Phillies managed another run but again left two runners on base. In the sixth, Jimmy Rollins singled in Ben Revere following his leadoff triple. Rollins would stay at first as the next three batters went down in order. And finally, in the seventh, Cesar Hernandez walked with one out and stood there for two more.

Who’s Hot

-As my friend Ryan Lawrence pointed out on twitter:

Now, it didn’t matter because they couldn’t score runs, but there’s a major difference in the Phillies offense between 2013 and 2014, and the plate discipline they’re showing is it.

-Domonic Brown is quietly turning in a great start to his season. While he hasn’t hit any home runs, Brown has been an on-base machine, yet has been overlooked due to Carlos Ruiz’s similarly hot start. With two walks and a single today, Brown has a hit in six of the first seven games, and is hitting .375  with a .464 on-base percentage.

-Carlos Ruiz caught Jean Segura stealing twice today. In seven games, opponents have only attempted to steal three bases all year.

-The fans are hot, I guess. The Phillies announced a sellout crowd of 45,061, although many empty seats could be seen throughout the upper deck. In the bottom of the eighth inning, as the attendance was announced, a fan in the Hall of Fame club below the press box yelled “that’s a lie.” Could be, sir. Very well could be.

Who’s Not

-Ben Revere has errors in back to back games, including a wind-aided fly ball to center field that brought back memories of Aaron Rowand on Tuesday. Except Revere didn’t catch this one and still smashed his face on the center field fence. Often, you’ll see Revere make what appears to be a great catch on the run, or even a diving stop. But Revere takes bad routes and doesn’t have a strong arm. He’ll have to be crisp in his route running to make up for the lack of arm strength. This issue as flown under the radar because he catches up to so many balls hit in his vicinity. It’s something to keep an eye on.

 

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  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Yeah Braun gone juicing!!! More like it

     
  • Posts: 37 landshark

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    This team needs a lot of adjustments if they plan on being a .500 team. For starters Sandberg needs to realize this isn’t the minors, and needs to find a lineup that ”works” and sticks with it rather than confusing everyone in the ball park everyday. What really turned the game around today for the Brewers is when Kendrick pitched to Reynolds in the 3rd with runners in scoring position…Had the count 3-1, instead of walking him he pitched to him. Bad coaching

     
    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

      What I saw today was bad pitching, bad hitting with runners on base, and what PEDs do for you

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I’m not a fan of Sandberg’s but it really doesn’t matter in the least if everyone in the park is confused as long as the players know what’s going on. And maybe I’ve missed it but I haven’t heard of any players being confused about the lineup changes.

       
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        No penalties yet assessed for too many catchers behind the plate.
        I guess the players are adjusting to Ryno’s substitutions.

         
  • Posts: 2965 Chuck A.

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    You know…everyone just needs to get off the “juicing” issue. It happened. It sucks that it happened, but it did. He paid the price (maybe it was’t enough but he still paid it). It’s just time to move on. I don’t like the guy either but seriously…. we DO need to stop it with the name-calling. Cause it doesn’t work and makes us as a fan base look pretty silly.

     
    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

      My problem is more with him lying to everyone continuously and running everyone that challenged his legitimacy through the mud including the sample collector, delivery schedule, everything to do with the process only for it to come out once again in the biogenesis scandal… I have no respect for a guy that continuously cheated and never just accepted the fact he was caught until another 10 or so players went down with him, then issues a lousy apology, did practically no time… 65 games compared to a-roids 162, seems like a lotta b-s to me… Scumbags like Ryan Braun don’t deserve to have the honor to play baseball on its grandest stage and get paid 20 some million a year while doing…

      That’s my problem

       
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Hard to argue your point although there’s something so obnoxious about A-Rod that even other obnoxious players take notice.
        One thing I would not do is boo Braun but only because booing apparently makes him produce his own natural PEDs. Better to politely applaud him and have the PA announcer thank him for visiting us. Maybe give him a puppy before the game.

         
    • Posts: 0 DaveP

      Hey Chuck. This guy cheated, got off on a technicality, and then continued cheating until he got a 65 game ban. When he returned, his home crowd gave him a STANDING OVATION. Brewers fans are the real disgrace. I stand behind booing the slimeball, he deserves it.

      I hope it doesn’t stop, despite what happened today.

       
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Silly me. I thought Braun’s 65 games off was vacation time before he began his life sentence playing ball in Milwaukee.

         
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      It’s good to make villains out of opposing players.
      It gives our own players relief from being booed by their own fans.

       
  • Posts: 0 mary pat

    Couldn’t agree more with Hogy’s Role. If he’d handled it like a man, instead of trying to destroy the test taker’s reputation, I wouldn’t detest him quite so much. I do agree, however, that the booing backfires sometime. I’ve seen it happen with Werth, too. I was at a game where it was the worst booing I’d ever heard. He just smirked and hit a home run!

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I don’t care enough about him either way to boo him, but I actually don’t think the booing backfired. I’m sure he’s booed at other places too. He had a good game, that’s it. Boo all you want.

       
  • Posts: 2805 Tracey

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    I was there. There were definitely not 45,000 people in the stands, but attendance counts tickets SOLD, not tickets USED. Given that the game was a day game originally scheduled for Monday and rescheduled to Tuesday on Sunday, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if a lot of ticketholders weren’t able to swing that last-minute change of plans. Those no-shows still count towards attendance.

    Also: There were a hell of a lot of SRO people floating around in the scoreboard porch area and people wandering around the park rather than watching the game, particularly after that first Braun HR, which would make the seats look emptier even though the people were in the park.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mitch Williams

    Is it just me or does anyone else hate when Matt Stairs talks. It’s in rhythm every time: Da, da, da. Da,da, da. Da, da. Da. Da. Da. The broadcast were MUCH better when he wasn’t there.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      So Stairs is s a Dada-ist
      The style worked for DuChamp – although DuChamp could tell you a thing or two about descending Stairs.

      Sorry. Just trying to raise the dialogue here to impress the Mets and Nats fans with our ability to turn a baseball conversation into artworld puns.

       
      • Posts: 0 Mitch Williams

        I prefer Escher’s stairs.

         
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Good point, Mitch.
        On Escher’s stairs you can ascend and descend at the same time.
        Although that could leave you mumbling like Matt.

         
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Oh, but to your point, yes.

      I can only make out every 9th word he says as having some root in the English language. I suspect the 8 words in between are spoken in some obscure Navajo code to confuse Japanese pitchers.

      I convinced Matt used to play football under the name of “Wesley Johnson” back in college:
      http://kentuckysportsradio.com/1/vandy-player-freaks-out-during-halftime-locker-room-speech/

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The team is just bad.

    Regardless of whether Braun s juicing or not.

    .500?

    I think 90 losses is here possibly 100.

    Very hard accomplishment with the 3rd highest pay roll in the majors.

    But the team is that bad.

    I don’t care who is hurt or gets hurt either.
    The GM has assembled this mess for quite a few years.

    This is his Frankenstein monster.

     
  • Posts: 2965 Chuck A.

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    I agree with the above posters that Braun is a fraud that probably didn’t serve enough of a suspension and lied about his situation. Yeah…that’s bad….especially the lying. Booing I get. I’ve booed a few people before (Scott Rolen and JD Drew come to mind) and it’s perfectly ok. But the name-calling…the public “asshole” reference…. really makes us look bad.

     
    • Posts: 0 Brooks

      When Cody Ross took right field and I noticed his knee-highs – I made sure to call him “Betsy”
      Is that bad?

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The booing and name calling wont seem so bad tonight with 14,000 people in the stands.

    So theres that.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Attendance tonight is definitely a source of curiousity for me. Last year, it seemed, maybe actually was, a siuation with a watchful eye on when the first game with an announced crowd of under 30K would spring forward. It was back around May when it seemed like it was going to happen quickly, but it held off until sometime well past that. Maybe even August.

      This year, depending on how well the club holds up, I’d imagine that for the weekday games, announced crowds of 30K will be scarce, 25K will be this year’s 32K, which at least felt like the norm a year ago.

      Of course announced crowds have as much to do with actual crowds as totally different subjects, but it still is interesting to keep an eye on.

      I guess the big question is will the Phils play before an announced crowd of sub 20K this year. I’d say no, but it’s a tough call.

       
      • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

        Good points Kenny Baseball.

        I hate to tell people to not goto games.
        But it really is the only way to show you disapprove of Ruben.

        Now if you got kids under 14 etc etc that’s different.
        Take your kids to the games and have fun with the experience.

        One of the reasons the Cubs always suck is that the ballpark and the experience sells tickets. The fans accept losing even. Embrace it.

        I never will be that fan.

        On the bright side.
        If the Phillies maintain a top 3 pay roll.
        It can be a fast turn around. Google Boston red sox and Bobby Valentine to see what I talking about.

        Even with the horrible mess and contracts Ruben has done. And it is serious long term damage.
        I think it can be fixed pretty rapidly by simply hiring a competent major league general manager.
        Even if it means firing him mid season. Which I know isn’t done.

        If he was fired today I would enjoy tonights game so much more.
        I really would like to have a sense of hope.

        As long as Ruben is GM I really feel there is no hope.

         
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Andrew, you find a silver lining in every cloud.

       
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    I suppose my take on Braun is narrowed to interest in him as a player. I don’t lose track of what it must be like as a person for him to deal with the guilt of the way he handled things. I don’t know that denial is strong enough to offset that, but even if it is, I just don’t care. I wouldn’t endorse his behavior, but it’s not quite criminal enough for me to get all wound up over it. Not that costing other people credibility , or jobs, or trust is small potatoes, but I just look at him as a player, and frankly, quite a talented one, which makes him all the more watchful.

    What I find particularly interesting is the memories he sparked with his results yesterday. No doubt others have baned 3 shots against the Phils, but maybe setting a possible tone in Game 1 of the series makes for special interest in one of the cases.

    Crash Allen, MAYBE before the Frank Thomas incident had threatened records on the boo meter, and I was at a twin bill V the Giants when for whatever reason, be it Thomas or not, was positioned to get absolutely crushed by the boobirds at night’s start. And he did. But by the time the night was through, Crash had like 2 homers, 6 hits, 8 straight on base at bats, some superlatives that as memory tells the story, resulted in a standing ovation. Now Crash, of course, was a hometown player, so perhaps that makes for the largest difference in what response Braun might even concievably get if he makes his first game performance the least effective of the three. Personally, if he does that, I’d suspect the booing would sustain and even accelerate, but I’ve always found it a cool thing when a visiting player is responded to appreciatively.

    The other memory sparked was because prorated, Braun could of course have an off the charts series. George Foster came into the Vet and smashed 5 homers, had 9 hits and 14 ribs against the Phils a way back when. Freaking awesome. Thumb or not, Braun might see the ball as grapefruit at least early tonight and if he does stay hot, chasing Foster’s 3 game decimation could be interesting to watch. I’m not rooting for it so much as fascinated by the possibility, especially from a guy carrying the public wrath to the degree he is.

     
  • Posts: 0 Carlos

    Hey it’s only one game but UGH!UGH!UGLY!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    wbramh,

    Spell check indicates I misspelled your name. What a surprise.

    Here’s a good trivia question for you that, given that your historic references suggest you have a SSN in single digits you might (or might not) know.

    Who was the last non steroid user to hit 3 homers in a game against the Phils?

    If you give me a correct answer by 5 Eastern, I will fire RAJ, Jr. prior to tonight’s game.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      From memory, which means it might not be right, the last player to homer 3 times in a game against the Phils was Jason Giambi. He apologized one night, but failed to say why. Draw your own conclusions. Mine was he participated in the roid age. So he’s dq’ed.

      But even after Giambino, last year in spring training, Twin centerfielder Aaron Hicks went deep 3 times, eem of concern.ach one off Cliff Lee. His MLB career has been a struggle, but telling the grandkids someday he took Lee deep 3 times might be considered career worthy, even if he never escalates from prospect. If you think Hicks is disqualified because of drug use, check his record. If the numbers are drug induced, the public needs to find a new item of concern to argue about.

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Hicks did it in a spring training game. The one who did it before Giambi, and who I don’t think was implicated, was a veteran slugger who retired after 2012.

         
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        The question was accurately posed as in a game against the Phillies. Didn’t never say nothing about the regular season. You lose.

        Some years ago, a certain woman told me that if she ever hit the lottery, she’d give me 20 grand. Always interested in a good deal, with nothing to lose, I humbly accepted. Some weeks later, she cashed in a winning lottery ticket for 70 dollars. I’ve bugged her for many moons for my 20k. She won the lottery. Never put a stipulation in about the big prize required to part with the 20k. Not my problem that she didn’t win enough to cover my promised cash.

        Periodically, I have asked humans of both sexes if I wasn’t entitled to the 20k. The funny thing is until now, and of course this is without asking because I can tell by the regular season bullshit what the opinion would be, women always think I’m nuts to think I have 20 k coming, men are in the know that I gots me 20k coming. I mean who the hell would be stupid enough to limit it to a regular season game when it could be looked up a lot easier with the promise to fire Amaro as the grand prize.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Aah. Ok. Just fyi then the one before Giambi in a regular season game was Carlos Lee.

         
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Hey Ken,

      I think you meant to respond to a different poster. To my knowledge, you didn’t address any of my comments or mention me in this thread nor spell or misspell my name, at least anywhere ’round these parts. Plus, I have no particular interest in Braun one way or the other and I’m not interested in seeing Rube get fired. I’m not his #1 fan but calling for people to lose their jobs makes me a little squirrely, especially since baseball is a kid’s game and win or lose, life goes on with barely a ripple in the force. But you were correct about my love of history AND dreadfully low SSN # (it’s not 000-000-00001 but low enough).

      As for you trivia question, had I been online in time to see your challenge I would NOT have come close to guessing Giambi. Perhaps because my memory of anything to do with baseball is a blur from 1994 through 2007.
      I must have been in the shower.

       
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        Or you had a good 13 year buzz working

         
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Or a really bad buzz.

         
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        Lol games like these two against the brewers will ruin a buzz, for sure

         
 
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