Who invited the Brewers to this party?
Very stealthily, the Milwaukee Brewers have thrust themselves into NL contention, and like some St. Louis Cardinals teams in years past, don’t seem to be stopping. Two key events happened today, first in afternoon action, the Cardinals gave up 2 runs in the 9th, curiously not using their usual closer Jason Motte (after 5 straight outings), then fell to the lowly Cubs in 11. Then the Brewers, trailing the best team in baseball 2-1 in the 9th, touched up their elite closer for 3 runs, scoring the go ahead run on an error. Fate? The Brewers trail the Cardinals by 1.5 game. One in the loss column. Since August 19 (over a month ago), the Brew Crew is toting a 25-6 record. That’s like a loss a week. No Greinke, no Sabathia, no Fielder, no Weeks brother carrying his weight, bullpen in shambles (not so much now, Axford has stepped up). They’ve got Washington and Cincinnati left (although they will have clinched) plus the Astros and Padres.
By the way, if you want a game by game account of this, read this blog of a kid (Ben Rouse) who is going to all 162 Brewers games to raise awareness for charity.