Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweep Over Twins Puts Brewers Up Three

What a difference a weekend makes. Coming into Friday's slate of games, the Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals were tied atop the NL Central. After Sunday's games were officially in the books, the Brewers now lead the division by three games. That will happen when you are able to sweep your opponent like Milwaukee did in their series against the Twins, in addition to seeing your rival in St. Louis get swept at home by the Toronto Blue Jays. The standings now read Milwaukee at 44-35, with the Cardinals three games behind. The Pirates and the Reds are within striking distance as well, both at four games back apiece, but it's so thrilling to see the Brewers up a handful of games at this point in the season.

The Brewers used the comeback route in each of their three games against the Twins, although in the last two games of the series Milwaukee was really only battling a one run deficit. Chris Narveson gave up a run in the second inning but was able to hold the fort until the 5th inning, when the Brewers bats finally came to life. Jonathan Lucroy started the inning off with a triple, but then it appeared as if the Brewers were going to waste his efforts as Narveson and Weeks became quick outs. But Nyjer Morgan singled Lucroy home, and then Ryan Braun hit home run number 16 on the season to put the Brewers up 3-1. The bottom of the order delivered again an inning later, as Lucroy and Narveson both doubled in runs, and Prince Fielder would an an insurance run later to give Milwaukee the 6-2 victory. Kudos to Narveson for his work both at the plate and on the mound, and more credit to the bullpen (Hawkins, Loe, Axford) for locking it down once Narveson's day was complete.

Next up for the Crew, a matchup against a fellow first place team in the New York Yankees, series beginning in the Bronx this Tuesday.

Slow start at the plate
But bottom steps up again
Braun with some pop too

POTG: Chris Narveson


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