Greetings from Miller Park

Yovani Gallardo records a strikeout at Miller Park in game one of the 2011 NLDS.

Sorry for the late posting today.  I decided to wait until I got down to Miller Park  to start posting. Yes, I have a media pass for game five of the Brewers-Diamondbacks series.

The Brewers won the first two games at home.  The Diamondbacks won games three and for down in Arizona.  Now, an entire season comes down to this one game.  Yovani Gallardo against Ian Kennedy.  Game time is 4:00pm.

Time Warner Cable Field will host another Brewers Watch Party today.  The gates open at 3:00pm.  Parking & admission are both free.  The game will be shown on the big video board and on the televisions in the Lenie Lodge.  There is a $10 All-You-Can-Eat offer and a concessions menu available.

There have been some very nice crowds for the Watch Parties.  Even for the games that didn’t start until 8:30 CDT.  If you are up in the Fox Cities area, feel free to stop out and enjoy the game today.

The Brewers a game five situation twice before in their history.  They lost game five of the 1981 ALDS against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  They won game five of the 1982 ALCS against the California Angels at County Stadium.

But, that was years ago.  It was so long ago, that neither of the stadiums at which that those game fives were played are still around and the Angels aren’t called the California Angels anymore.

Drawing parallels between what happened 30 years ago and today would be like trying to connect meaning between what happened in Game Seven of the World Series for the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers and the 1957 Milwaukee Braves.  A fun exercise and an interesting article for the offseason.

However, looking back to Brewers game fives from 30 years ago & 29 years ago sheds no illumination on what is going to happen today.

So, what IS going to happen today? (Aside from the roof being closed….roof closed? Really?)

I like the Brewers chances.  They are at home.  Gallardo has been outstanding and his start in game one against the Diamondbacks was him stepping up his game while the Brewers offense got to Kennedy just enough to support Gallardo in game one.

I expect game five to play out in a similar fashion to game one and Milwaukee advancing to the NLCS.

Time for this Milwaukee Brewers team to make more of its own history.

To the Alumni report for games on Thursday!

MLB Playoffs:

Detroit 3, New York 2

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-4, BB, 3K
Rafael Soriano (’00): 1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

Arizona Fall League:

Phoenix 10, Peoria Javelinas 4

Kentrail Davis (’10): 1-for-4, RUN
Tyler Thornburg (’11): 1.1Ip, H, 2R, 2BB, 0K

IBAF World Cup:

Netherlands 5, Puerto Rico 0

Puerto Rico:
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 1-for-3

Canada 4, Taiwan 0

Nick Bucci (’10): 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
Brock Kjeldgaard (’09): 0-for-3, BB

Kuo Hui Lo (’07): 0-for-4

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