Saturday, August 30, 2008

Crew Extending Wild Card Lead

All the Brewers needed Friday night was one swing of the bat to beat the Pirates, as Ryan Braun's 3 run shot lead the Brewers to a 3-1 victory. The Brewer's bats were silent for much of the rest of the night, but they had already done what they needed to do. Another win on their chase to their first playoff birth since 1982.

Friday night also featured a solid performance out of our pitching staff. Bush picked up his 9th win of the year to improve to a .500 record. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run off six hits. Brian Shouse and Eric Gagne held steady through the later innings, and Salomon Torres picked up his 26th save of the year.

Whether you like to admit it or not, this is a huge series for the Brewers. The Pirates roster is near Triple A caliber right now, and the Brewers have a prime opportunity to go for the sweep and extend their lead in the Wild Card race.

St. Louis and Philadelphia both lost on Friday night, so the Brewers picked up a game on each of them. It's now a 4 1/2 game lead for the Brewers as they chase the Wild Card. If you haven't already, I think it's time to forget about winning the NL Central. Even though we still have six left against the Cubs, they are destined for the best record in the NL. Let's just focus on getting the Wild Card, and making the playoffs. That's when we'll have our best chance at Chicago.

With one month to go, you have to be pretty excited about a 4 1/2 game lead in the Wild Card. This is something I've personally been waiting my whole fan life for, so make sure you enjoy it while you can. I'm maybe enjoying it a little too much, as I've just locked up Brewers playoffs tickets (keep in mind, unemployment just around the corner). But hey, something tells me it's going to be worth it.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Ryan Braun

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


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