Brewer fans are feeling pretty good right now after watching the Atlants Braves take them to the cleaners in what seemed like a nightmare of a road trip. The Brewers finally got to come home and had to face off against the best team in baseball, at the time and many of us didn’t think it was going to be pretty. Game one looked really good as the Brewers, led by Yovanni, were able to keep up with the Dodgers and actually led most of the game.
In the ninth inning things changed a little bit after a two run shot by Either in the eighth inning gave the Dodgers the lead by one and the Brewers hoping to get it together in the bottom half of the ninth inning. Leave it up to George Kottaras to come in as a pinch hitter, again, and send the ball to the gap in right field. The liner got to the wall fast, but still gave Mat Gamel enough time to get home (barely) from first base. Mat Gamel’s slide was perfect and he really made sure his body was to the bag behind the tag. I wish I could say the same thing about Morgan’s attempt on Wednesday night.
The game played out very much the same. Scoring was back and forth, both pitchers had a handle on what was going on and the game is tied at 2 through 9 innings of play. Ramirez was able to finally get a home run as a Brewer and with two double plays and a couple stolen bases, the Brewers seem to have a good handle on their side of the game. Grienke went 7 innings and threw over 100 pitches, but was still able to strikeout 7 and only walk 2 batters.
Fast forward to the end of the ninth with the game still tied. The Dodgers come into the 10th facing Kameron Loe, which was a little tense for me to watch. Loe hammered through the inning with a little double play help. Now we get to the Brewers 10th and the fun started right away. Lucroy forces a walk(replaced by Morgan), Cesar Izturis flubs a bunt that is caught by the third basemen, Weeks gets walked and finally Kottaras walked, bringing Ryan Braun to the plate.
I personally would have loved to see another bunt attempt after Morgan made it to third on a wild throw while stealing second base. There was only one out, it might not have been the best call, but it would have been really exciting. Much more exciting then the replay I am about to show you. So, Braun eventually sends a fly ball out to center, giving Matt Kemp a chance to throw out Morgan at home. Naturally, Morgan was told to stay on third, since the popup was in shallow center, but he took off anyways and this is how it ended:
As you can see, the play ended when Morgan crossed home plate. Remember we are in real time during the game and the Ump made the call he thought was right at that point. He is likely questioning his skills today. See the screenshot below from the slow motion portion of the above video.
You saw the tag in the reply, I really wish I wouldn’t have.