MILWAUKEE - Before tonight’s game, Nationals first base coach Dan Radison predicted the ball would be flying out of Miller Park. He was right.
On a gorgeous 75-degree night in Milwaukee - with two struggling pitchers on the mound - the Nationals and Brewers have already traded three home runs. The Brewers lead 3-1 after two innings.
Tom Gorzelanny may have pitched well against the Brewers in April, and might have won in his last start at Miller Park back in 2009, but he’s still got a long history of trouble against this Milwaukee lineup. That history looks like it’s getting a new chapter after the first inning tonight.
Gorzelanny hit Rickie Weeks with a pitch to start the game, then grooved a 1-0 changeup to Corey Hart, who pulled it to right for his first homer of the year. Two batters later, Prince Fielder hit a rocket to the deepest part of the park in center field, putting Milwaukee up 3-0.
But Michael Morse, who’s been finding his stroke the last week and could get plenty of playing time at first base with Adam LaRoche on the disabled list, came back with a shot in the second for the Nationals. He ripped a Yovani Gallardo fastball to right center, hitting it so far that Hart and Carlos Gomez just watched it leave. Morse now has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats, and the Nationals could use some power from him these days.
Because Miller Park is such a big structure, it’s easy to forget how much of a launching pad it can be. It was second in the National League in homers per game each of the last two years, and is third so far this year. And Gorzelanny, who’s given up four homers in his last three starts, is facing a team that’s given him trouble. It could be a recipe for an eventful night.