Looper pitched with heavy heart tonight
The Brewers’ Braden Looper pitched seven innings for a win on Friday, and he was working with a heavy heart.
He beat the Reds at Miller Park hours after burying his grandfather, the man who gave him his middle name and his first baseball glove. LaVerne Looper was 84.
“He was kind of like my father,” Braden said after the Brewers’ 3-2 win. “He’s the one who got me started in baseball, so it was good to win the game today.”
He needed some help. Looper lost a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when he issued a two-out walk to Ryan Hanigan, an in-game replacement for the injured Joey Votto, and Ramon Hernandez followed with a two-run home run. Corey Hart reclaimed the lead for Milwaukee in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo home run.
Looper called Hart’s homer, “a gift.”
“I had to bury my grandfather yesterday, spoke at the funeral, and today to get the win, it’s special for me,” Looper said. “It’s one of the games I’ll remember for a long time, just because of that.”