Thursday, August 11, 2011

67-50: Milwaukee widens NL Central lead to 5 games

     Make that 5 games straight on the road!  I would have never thought that this was possible back before the All Star break.  But it's true, our Milwaukee Brewers are now 5 games ahead of St. Louis in the what has turned out to be a 2 team race for the pennant.  The Crew is now 17 games over .500 and well on their way to their first pennant since 1982.  But they're aren't there yet and a lot needs to happen in order for them to take the Central.  There are 44 games left and Milwaukee is now down a starting pitcher.  Chris Narveson was placed on the 15 day DL and the Brewers brought up Frankie De La Cruz from Nashville to fill in for Estrada, should he get lit up this weekend. 

     The Crew defeated the Cardinals 5-last night at Busch Stadium behind a strong outing by Randy Wolf (9-8, 5 hits, 1 earned, 1k, 0BB).  Hell, Wolfie is one win away from joining the 10 win club!  He was impressive from start to finish, and he went 8 complete innings when the Brewers needed him the most.  Again, with Narv-dog on the DL the bullpen is going to need the SP's to go the distance.

   KRod closed out the game in the 9th for a non-save opportunity.  He did allow 2 hits in his typical shakey fashion.  But he did finish his first game as a Milwaukee Brewer.

Prince Fielder & George Kottaras each doubled
No Brewer had more than one hit. 
Hart Fielder and Betancourt each drove in a run a piece.  Yuni's was with 2 outs and 2 RISP.

Yovani Gallardo will take to the mound tonight when the Crew goes for the sweep and attempt to win their 7th straight.

Jerry Hariston Jr made his first start at 2B for Milwaukee...and he had a couple of gems too.  He also went 1 for 4 on the evening with a base hit.

In other news, Uggla extended his hit streak to 31 games last night.

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