MILWAUKEE — Throughout their amazing winning streak, the Milwaukee Brewers have had many heroes at the plate. But on the mound, save Chuck Crim and Dan Plesac out of the pen, there hasn’t been much quality hurling. It’s been good, not great. Of course, there was Juan Nieves’ no-hitter, but that was the exception, not the rule.
There has been, however, one constant for the Crew on the hill: Teddy Higuera. And he has been consistently incredible. No wonder why Brewers fans love the guy.
Higuera put another notch on his glove with a 6-4 complete game win over the O’s at the Stadium. Yes, he gave up four in the second (not exactly a show of consistency) but with the win, Higuera became the first pitcher in the American League to win four games this season.
The win also improved the Crew’s record to a ridiculous 14-1 and (bwhahahaha!) snapped a one-game losing streak.
“I hope this starts a new streak,” Higuera told the Milwaukee Sentinel.
Considering the Crew didn’t throw in the towel after Higuera’s ugly second inning shows that they’re not stuck on cruise control.
One dude who is cruising though is Rob Deer. He homered on his first at bat (his league-leading eighth), he singled, he made a spectacular catch, he’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated, he’s hittin’ .415 and he’s opening for U2 this summer. Right now, there isn’t anything Deer can’t do.
“It’s great to hear and read all of those things,” Deer said. “But I don’t pay too much attention to all that stuff.”
That’s good. Don’t think. Just swing. Which is just good advice in general, and the Brewers seem to be using it to their advatange this season.
And thanks to the Indians beating the Yankees, the Crew is back to two games in front of the Bombers.