Thursday, May 25, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays at Milwaukee Brewers - May 23-24, 2017


The final stop on this trip was Milwaukee to see the Jays take on the Brewers in a 2-game set. I discussed Miller Park way back in 2010, when I drove here as part of a two-city DH. This time, my buddy Duncan was with me and we decided to forgo a rental car. The original plan was to take public transit to the ballpark, with the Brewers Line providing rides from downtown for $1.75 if you have an M•CARD. But after a visit to Lakefront Brewery to enjoy their fantastic tour, we stopped at Who's On Third to enjoy the free drink you get after completing the tour. This is one of several establishments that offer a free shuttle to Brewers games (well, you have to buy something, but you can bring your drink on the shuttle) so Duncan and I decided to use that option instead.



The shuttle dropped us off right in front of the main entrance behind home plate. There are a number of statues around here, but it was raining, so I didn't take any pictures, figuring I could do that on Wednesday.



For the first game, we got tickets in the upper deck for $5, a bargain. As it was raining, the roof was closed, which gives this ballpark a cavernous feel.



Before the game, I moved over to the farthest seat above left field, which is in section 442. The Brewers ask that fans sit only in their ticketed seat, but I was not bothered while I sat here for the first inning.



The view from the seat is below. You are really, really far away.



The Blue Jays took a 4-0 lead in that game, with Kendry Morales crushing a ball to deep center. Joe Biagini allowed only 1 hit through 4 innings but couldn't finish the 5th to be in line for the win. Fortunately, the bullpen was solid, with Danny Barnes, Mark Tepera, Joe Smith, and Roberto Osuna combining to shut out the Brewers for the final 4 innings as Toronto won a tense one, 4-3.



For the Wednesday afternoon game, we tried to take the Brewers Line, which purportedly runs every half-hour. We waited 40 minutes at one stop and no Brewers Line bus appeared, so we returned to Who's On Third to take the shuttle yet again. It dropped us off just 10 minutes before first pitch, so we had no time to tour the park, heading straight to our seats, which were in row 15 behind the plate.



The Jays mashed four homers in this one, including a grand slam by Ryan Goins, as they won easily 8-4. Keon Broxton, my player to watch back in 2010, hit a homer for Milwaukee.

It was a great ending to the trip, with the Jays sweeping and taking 3 of 4 games that I saw over the past week, making them 31-31 in my road games. The next trip to see them will be in August when they visit Wrigley Field.

Notes

The Milwaukee Bucks are building a new arena right next to the Bradley Center. You can take a picture from the top floor of the Hyatt Regency which includes all 3 downtown venues: UWM Panther Arena, Bradley Center, and the tentatively named Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, still under construction.



Next Up

I've got a couple of short trips next. First a 3-day jaunt to the Raleigh area to see the two new Carolina League franchises in Kinston and Buies Creek, and the following week in Montreal for the F1 race. As usual, I'll post updates here, so check back early and often.

Best,

Sean

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