Preach Johnny Drama! Preach! This was 200% me at the end of last night's Brewer game in Pittsburgh. 9 game losing streak is dunzo. Now we can get back to getting to the playoffs/winning the World Series. As a sidenote you like how I've gone from 100%, to 130%, to 170% to now 200% to express my over exagerration of points? That's the great thing about numbers, they don't end. By December I might be on 800%, and next year I might drop goo goo plex on you.
Anyway, it has been since May frieking 9th that I've been able to write about a Brewers victory. How long ago is that even? It's like July right now right? Honestly though 12 days without a win during baseball season feels like 10 years. But against all odds the Brewers got timely hitting, solid starting pitching, three clean innings from the bullpen, and Ken Macha stayed awake through the entire thing. Throw those four things in a hat because they are all equally shocking. And you know it's been a long time inbetween wins when Carlos Villanueva was pumping his fist after the final out like he just closed out game 7 of the World Series. But whatever, at this point a win is a win. I've already watched the highlights of this game on ESPN.com about 19 times this morning. I keep going back to double check that the game did in fact happen last night and I didn't just dream it. Heck it's been so long since the bullpen has had a stellar outing I thought I was going to just see grainy photos of it online like a Sasquatch sighting. "Here's what appears to be Brewer's relievers throwing strikes and getting outs, well either that or a man in a gorilla costume."
The real story from last night though is this John Axford kid. Tell me you don't love him already. I'm not talking Ryan Braun style man crush.......yet. Impeccable mustache and throws 97 mph filth on the black. Check and check. He's Rollie Fingers version 2.0. I almost feel like the mustache is a part of his success. Batters step in to the box, are mesmerized by the stache, and before you know it, BOOM, 97 mph gas going past you. Like the baseball equivalent of Medusa.
I do seriously feel like this is what this team needs. The AAA team in Nashville has one of the best bullpen ERAs in the minor leagues. Axford was a part of that, Zach Braddock is a lefty version of Axford (minus the stache) and could be on his way up any day now. Infuse this team with some youth and power pitching. Add these guys and subtract some Suppan's and Vargas's and maybe we can turn this thing around. Bonus word: mustache.
*I could go all day with 'Brew' headlines. I spent 17 minutes yesterday cataloging my options in a Word document. Missed three on air breaks because of it. Stale Brew, Fresh Brew, Flat Brew, Hot Brew, Cold Brew, Brew Brew. Alright that last one is a reach I'll grant you but the others are gold Jerry! Gold!