Brewers pull within one of .500


> With the way the Brewers were playing just a few weeks ago, I never would have guessed they’d even be in shouting distance of the .500 mark at any point the rest of the season. Yet, here they are at 69-70, after taking a key series from the Cardinals.

The Brewers won tonight, 6-3. Mike Fiers was on the mound, and he certainly didn’t have his best stuff, but it was enough to get by. He needed 96 pitches to get through just five innings while giving up a run on five hits. He walked three and struck out five.

The Brewers got on the board first in the second inning on a Carlos Gomez squeeze bunt, followed by Fiers getting an RBI single of his own. They also got a few runs late, with a Rickie Weeks home run in the seventh inning and Aramis Ramirez’s solo homer in the ninth.


> Manny Parra says he’s doing OK after taking a line drive to the face in the ninth inning of last night’s marathon.

> Speaking of line drives to the head, Athletics starter Brandon McCarthy is recovering in the hospital following what looked like a life-threatening play.

> The Nationals shut down Stephen Strasburg early. Now I would love to see them lose the World Series by one game.

A few big names have tried to indirectly talk some sense into the Nats’ front office. Former pitcher Jim Kaat wrote Stras an open letter talking about why he thought the decision was incorrect. Heck, even freaking Tommy John himself disagrees with the decision.


> The Brewers’ 3-4-5-6 hitters went 11-for-20 in tonight’s game.

> Ramirez went a perfect 3-for-3 in his return to the lineup. He also brought his average up to .300 for the first time this season.

> Tomorrow’s match-up:

Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.53 ERA) vs. Joe Kelly (5-6, 3.54 ERA)


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