Milwaukee before 30,123 Attendance on June 7, 2012
An early afternoon start at 10 minutes past one o'clock didn't deter the noisy, beer-drinking crowd at Miller Park from having a great time. Gals and Guys, including many from the Chicago area, saw two starting pitchers control the temple of the batsmen of the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. The outcome was a 10-inning victory for the injury riddled hometown Brewers when 5 ft 9 inch rookie Aoki lined his second home of the game in the bottom of the 10th inning.
John R Balazs administer of www.baseballhistorian along with wife, Mary Lou, who is NaNa to Abigail Mei Balazs along with her 2 and a half year-old brother, Jacob Dalton Balazs, plus Joe Balazs (proud father of 2) and owner of www.baseballhistorian.com were pleased to join the loud crowd in the 4th deck behind home plate in Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - A first class baseball ballpark. Note: This was the third major league game that Jacob Balazs attended and probably Abby's 8th or 9th and she's only 9 years old. Both young fans also cheered at Wrigley Field on the North Side of Chicago for their 1st major league baseball game.
The Chicago Cubs lost another 2012 road game (now 1-12 in 13 games – please hold your noses tight) Cubbies manager Dale Sveum declared adfter the game, “Same old story for the most part. We’re getting great starts from our starters, but our relievers are not consistent and we don’t score enough runs.” (in 7 of their losses , they scored 1 run or less, and have scored a puny total 21 losses in these 13 games… Whew! Or should it be Phew! … No wonder they keep losing).
Chicago dropped to 19-38 f or 2012 while Milwaukee improved its record to 26-31. Both play in the NL Central Division.
Anyway, Cubs starter Matt Garza threw in the upper 90 mph according to the scoreboard in Miller Park and had a perfect game for the first 3 innings of a scoreless game. After grandfather Balazs (GaGa) told his son Joe he seen Bob Keegan of the White Sox pitch a no-hitter on August 20, 1957 in the old Comiskey Park, the jinx was in effect (on the next pitch by Garza, Brewers leadoff hitter and right-fielder Norichika Aoki launched a 362-foot homer into the lower deck of the outfield stands. This was only his 2nd homer of 2012 and the crowd cheered like it was the 4th of July as the fireworks burst into the outfield sky.
Brewers starter Randy Wolf was throwing slow, junk baseballs which Cubs batters had trouble connecting on. We noted the scoreboard flash a 58-mile an hour pitch plus numerous pitches in the 60 mph. Even noted a couple in the 80s. So, he still managed to post 6 Ks. In fact Randy Wolf allowed just 4 hits, no earned runs (1 unearned) in 6 and 2/3 innings.
Brewers relievers Jose Veras (Hold #6) and Francisco Rodriguez yielded a single to Alfonso Soriano prior to a centerfield home run by Bryan LaHair (#13). Closer John Axford tossed 2 scoreless innings and picked up the win (1-2 w/l).
Brewers first baseman Corey Hart racked up a pair of doubles, one R and one RBI in 4 trips to the plate.
Matt Garza surrendered just 4 hits, only 2 runs, 6 Ks in 6 innings. Casey Coleman, the Cubs 5th reliever, served up the game-winning 10th inning solo homer to Aoki.
And, the game was over. See you around the baseball ballparks Page 322