In case you haven’t noticed, the Milwaukee Brewers have won 22 of their last 28 games and currently sit 2.5 games out of the second N.L. wild card spot. In a season that was once doomed to be remembered as an epic failure, the Brewers have crept within a half game of the Dodgers for that elusive second wild card, and are only looking up on L.A. and St. Louis. For everyone who gave up on the Crew a month or so ago… lesson learned. This Brewers club has spunk and will not quit. They’ve collected the most runs and homers in the league while also leading the majors in stolen bases and strikeouts by pitchers. The baseball world is on notice, for Milwaukee is now officially a perennial contender.
1st inning v. LHP Clayton Kershaw; runner on second, 1 out
Ball, Ball, Strike (swinging), Strike (foul), Ball, Foul, Flied out to right, 0-1
4th inning v. LHP Clayton Kershaw; bases empty, no outs
Ball, Ball, Strike (looking), Strike (swinging), Popped out to second, 0-2
6th inning v. LHP Clayton Kershaw; runner on second, 1 out
Flied out to right, Hairston to third, 0-3
9th inning v. RHP Javy Guerra; bases empty, 1 out
Ball, Ball, Strike (looking), Ball, Tripled to deep center, 1-4, 3B
Final Line: 1-for-4, 3B, run scored; batting average remained at .329
Dodgers 1, Brewers 3
Milwaukee is all business. With yet another victory at Miller Park, the Brewers held on to a seven game lead in the National League Central. Zack Greinke (12-4, 3.92) continued the trend of Milwaukee’s stellar starting pitching, tossing seven innings and limiting the Dodgers to one run on five hits, walking three and striking out eight. Greinke set a franchise record for the most wins without a loss to start a career as a Brewer, as he improved to 9-0 at Miller Park. Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in two runs and Ryan Braun went 1-for-3 to maintain his .329 average. John Axford earned his 36th save of the year, tying him for the most in the senior circuit and giving him 33 straight. The Brewers are on a six game winning streak and now have the second best record in the National League.
The Brewers have won 19 of 21 and go for a four-game sweep of LA tomorrow as Marco Estrada faces Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw. According to Mark Kotsay, Milwaukee has found their identity — pitching. With a handful of top end starters, a back end of the bullpen that can rival any in the Bigs, a dynamic duo of MVP hopefuls, and savvy veterans with playoff experience, the Milwaukee Brewers may be giving the city a reason to forget 1982.
Yovani Gallardo pitched eight superb innings, allowing only one run and one walk while fanning nine as the Milwaukee Brewers won yet again Tuesday night at Miller Park. The Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 to improve to 21 games over .500 overall (72-51) and 31 games over .500 at home (46-15), a major league best. The Crew got an RBI from Corey Hart in the second inning and Mark Kotsay sent the fans home happy with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, adding another chapter to Milwaukee’s storybook season. Ryan Braun was 2-for-4, raising his batting average to .329. With the Pirates win over the Cardinals, the Brewers increased their National League Central division lead to 7 games. Milwaukee has won 18 of 20 and looks for a series sweep tomorrow with Zack Greinke on the hill.
There’s something special going on in Milwaukee, Wisconsin these days. The dog days of summer are upon us and the Milwaukee Brewers are hotter than ever — scorching, if you will. Milwaukee has stellar pitching, a loaded offensive lineup with two MVP candidates, and if that wasn’t enough, they began to really flash the leather Monday night at Miller Park.
With a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers improved to twenty games over .500 on the year (71-51) and thirty games over .500 at home (45-15). Milwaukee is 17-2 in their last 19 games and has a six game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.
Randy Wolf (10-8, 3.30) was masterful as he went eight scoreless innings, allowing only six hits while walking five and striking out five. He was also the beneficiary of some beautifully crafted defensive gems. Wolf got Andre Ethier to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the first inning. In the second, the Brewers turned the first triple play in the National League this season and the sixth in franchise history. Wolf surrendered a lead-off walk and single to put runners on first and second (Matt Kemp was running on the single but was forced to slide into second base thanks to Josh Wilson’s bluff, making Kemp think it was a ground ball therefore preventing him from reaching third on the hit-and-run). James Loney then broke his bat on a cue shot up the middle; Wilson smoothly fielded and flipped the ball with his glove to Yuniesky Betancourt who threw to Prince Fielder at first base to turn two; Kemp, trying to score from second base on the play, was then thrown out by Prince at the plate thanks to a diving tag by George Kottaras; 4-6-3-2 (the first triple play of that sort since 1973 — 151 triple plays have occurred in between the two). In the third inning, Jerry Hairston Jr. threw out Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro at home. The fourth inning ended with a double play when Hairston made a diving catch in center then promptly stood up and threw out Ethier at first who was attempting to tag. In the bottom half of the fourth, Ryan Braun capitalized off of Lilly’s lone mistake and deposited his 23rd homer into deep left center on a 0-2 pitch with two outs, giving the Crew a 1-0 lead. The fifth inning saw a 3-6-1 double play, also courtesy of James Loney — who had his first two at-bats result in five outs. Wolf finally had his first 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, getting two ground ball outs with a strikeout of Ted Lilly squeezed in between. With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, Wolf got Navarro to fly out to Hairston. Jonathan Lucroy entered the game for Kottaras in the eighth and unleashed on a fastball, cranking out his 9th home run of the season and putting the Brewers up 2-0. Corey Hart followed by launching his 18th long ball into right field, giving the Crew a 3-0 lead. John Axford closed the door again, thanks to a game ending double play, Milwaukee’s fourth of the game. Axford earned his 32nd consecutive save and 35th of 2011. Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .328 and stealing his 23rd bag along the way.