What a week it has been! I can honestly say Monday was one of the best games I have ever witnessed in person. Mr Rogers was on the mound, we were playing the Cubs, and Superfan Scott and I were sitting in the fourth row behind the Brewers’ On-Deck circle, waiting to witness history in the making. The first inning saw the Cubs score a quick run, however Mark was throwing hard and true, and struck out the side. The second inning had the same scoring result, with the exception of Jonathan Lucroy answering with a solo home run to make the score 2-1 Cubs. Hey, you can’t score 3 without first scoring one, right?
The 3rd and 4th innings belonged to the pitchers. Scoreless, and with a few more strikeouts, we headed into the 5th inning, with a pitch count right around 80 for Mr. Rogers. In the fifth, Vitters got a hold of a slider and sent it out over the wall in the outfield to make the score 3-1. That feeling we’ve felt during each of Mark’s starts was beginning to creep up from the depths…. we needed some bats to answer the call! I mean, this is the Cubs we’re talking about, our nemesis that unloaded all of their decent pitching. Where are the bats?
Better late than never! Bottom of the fifth, and here they come. First, Go-go Gomez with a single, followed by Jean the Machine Segura with a quick ground out, and our guy Mark Rogers was up to bat. But wait! He’s been taken out of the game and Travis Ishikawa-bunga is batting in his place! This means we need to score at least 3 runs to make sure Mark gets his first major league win; with a man on, and one out, it’s gonna take a rally!
Ishikawa did his part, hitting a line drive to right field, scoring Gomez from second! 3-2, and now occupies third base after a throwing error to the plate! Aoki represents the winning run needed for the elusive ‘W’ for Rogers. He hits a long fly ball, scoring Ishikawa from 3rd, but also getting the 2nd out. It is down to the wire… tied at 3-3 at the very least Rogers would get a no-decision. Not. Good. Enough.
It’s time for the top of the order to do what they’ve done all year long. Rick Weeks comes out swinging, and hits a sharp ground ball that narrowly gets through to Soriano, and Rick is on first! The Hebrew Hammer, Ryan Braun, due up next. We are feeling pretty good right now, and a lot of high fives are being supplied in our section as our fellow fans help us rally for the ‘W’ for our friend. True to form, Braun singles and Rickie heads to 3rd! Now we are standing, cheering hard. Aramis is up at the plate, patiently waiting for the right pitch…. which never comes. He walks to first, Braun to second, and Ishikawa to third.
Last week, Corey “The Condor” Hart hit his second career grand slam. Corey always seems to do well when we are in attendance, and here he was, poised for greatness, yet again. Bases loaded, 2 outs, and the Condor is at the plate, wringing the handle of his bat. The first pitch, a strike. 2nd and 3rd, balls. The fourth pitch… line drive to right field, and Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun score putting the crew in the lead and Rogers in line for the win!!!
Add another homer from Luc, and one from Gomez and it was officially home run night at the ballgame, Brewers up 9 to 3! The bullpen stepped up with a few scoreless innings, and we made it our mission to get a ball from Mark’s first win, and we succeeded. In the 7th inning, we moved to the first row, and it was seriously the sweetest few innings of baseball I have ever seen. With the exception of the NLDS extra innings win, this was the most exciting game I have ever witnessed. I am extremely proud of the performance of Mark Rogers, who has more than proven that he belongs in the major leagues. Mark, if the Brewers didn’t snag a ball from your first major league win, I have one for you. If they did, sometime I would be privileged if you would sign and date it. Keep on living the dream. There is no other place that you belong more than on that mound at Miller Park!
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