Sunday, May 29, 2011

Crew Does it With the Squeeze

The bases loaded
Tie game, one out, bottom nine
Win it on the squeeze

After dropping the first game in their series against the San Francisco Giants, the Brewers came back on Saturday and proved that they can beat teams with more than just good pitching and reliance on the long ball. Milwaukee treated fans at Miller Park to a couple of rare sights in their 3-2 victory over San Fran including an inside-the-park home run from Carlos Gomez, and a suicide squeeze play to secure the victory in the 9th inning.

With one out and the bases loaded, as the clever haiku referred to, Jonathan Lucroy was instructed to lay down a bunt. By the time he made contact, Ryan Braun was already 2/3rds of the way home from third base and was able to score easily. The squeeze is always a gutsy call, but credit Ron Roenicke for calling it and credit Jonathan Lucroy for being able to make contact. Randy Wolf pitched very well again, but we'll give the POTG honor to Lucroy for his pinch hit masterpiece.

The Brewers are now 28-24 with the win and have moved into second place in the NL Central, 2 1/2 games back of St. Louis. They're in action on Sunday after noon against a very weak looking Giants lineup, so you'd expect the Brewers to make it 8 out of 9 on this homestand. Find out for yourself this afternoon on FSN Wisconsin.


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