For six innings on Sunday August 4th it was another ho hum game for the struggling Milwaukee Brewers who had lost three straight games, had a record of 46-64 and are in last place in the NL Central, two games behind the Chicago Cubs.
And the Brewers are 20 games behind the division leading Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brewers have had a lot of injuries and are playing with a lot of young call up players.
But in a game that I went to see at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the Brewers were trailing the Washington Nationals 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. And all of a sudden with some timely hitting and running led by a soft bloop over the second baseman by Jeff Bianchi which led to two runs to give the Brewers the lead. And the Brewers would go on to win the game 8-5.
The Brewers even got a lucky break when a hit in the inning by Frank Fransisco appeared to go foul in front of the first base bag and Nationals first baseman Dave LaRoche who protested the call on what became a key RBI groundout in the pivotal sixth inning.
“ I thought it was foul” LaRoche protested to no avail. “Close but foul” he said “But it was a bad break he continued.
Meanwhile on the Brewers side, Jeff Bianchi was more positive on the winning side saying “It’s always good to put up a crooked number like that, a five spot, especially late in a ballgame. Good things happen when you battle.”
Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse who struggled early in the game giving up three second inning runs, but took a no decision added “We could have just rolled over, and we didn’t do that and beat a pretty good team. “We’re going to be playing teams that have a chance at the playoffs and we’ve got to take pride in making them feel what we’re feeling right now “, which is struggling but continuing to play hard the rest of the season.
Quotes in article from Kevin Massoth/MLB.com
For me personally I saw the Brewers win in person for the second time in a row dating back to my most recent Brewers game in September 2011, when the Brew Crew beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on the way to the 2011 NL Central title. There will be no division title or playoff appearance for the Brewers this year, but on this Sunday afternoon it was very nice to see them get an exciting scrappy come from behind win while I was at the game. And hopefully some continued success for this young and never quitting team. Best wishes and Go Brewers! I have never given up on them and it’s nice to see them not give up on themselves. Doc.