W - Villanueva (1-0), Poorly designed stadiums
L - Gregg (0-1), the three and a half hours I could have spent grading, that now need to be repaid.
Things to Take from This Game
1. Harden is just fine, thank you.
Harden hit 96 a couple times, sat at around 92, and gave up three hits, two walks (one intentional) and one earned run on a Hart solo homer through six innings. He also struck out ten with a nasty changeup and a well placed fastball. It's pretty cool to see that sort of line and think "yeah, that's about what we expect from our fourth starter." The other run against Harden was an unearned run in the first. (A slightly high Theriot throw pulled Lee off the bag, and eventually Braun drove in a run on a single.)
2. Likely and Unlikely HRs.
Bradley got off the O-fer with a huge solo homer, and Hill hit a go-ahead two-run homer that put Harden in line for a win.
Lou hard to burn through his bullpen in the seventh and eighth, using Heilman, Cotts, Marmol, Marshall, Vizcaino and Gregg to preserve the lead going into the ninth. He also pinch hit with Miles with a chance to drive in an insurance run from third with one out in the eighth, when Hoffpauir also was available, and Miles gave us an inning-killing GIDP.
A walk, a ground out, a Weeks game-tying double, and another walk into the ninth, and Gregg finds runners on first and third with one out in the ninth. Braun hits a medium-to-slow roller three steps to Theriot's right. Theriot chooses to try for the out at home instead of the double play, and Weeks just does get his hand on home in front of the tag. Brewers win the game.
The second-guessing begins, below.