Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 6/12/11
Break out the brooms.
The Milwaukee Brewers sweep the division rival St. Louis Cardinals with a 4-3 win today and move into first place in the NL Central.
As was the case yesterday. the Brewers started out miserably in bringing runs home. Double plays and poor hitting with runners in scoring position could have been the doom for the Brewers. They trailed 3-0 in the 6th inning when, like yesterday, the fireworks showed up. 4 straight hits to lead off the inning, topped with another monster home run by Prince Fielder, put Milwaukee ahead for good.
Shaun Marcum didn’t have his best stuff, but as the game went on he got better. His final line of 5 hits and 3 runs scarred an otherwise good 7 inning outing. Just like yesterday, Kameron Loe and John Axford were perfect in the 8th and 9th. Marcum is 7-2 now in his first season in the National League, and Axford saved his 18th game.
A 4-2 home stand had a rotten start as the Crew dropped 2 of 3 to the New York Mets. The sweep of the Cardinals, who had been in first place entering the series, wipes away most of that bad taste.
Randy Wolf kicks off a 4-game series tomorrow in northern Chicago as Milwaukee takes on the Cubs. They’ll need to take as many as they can from the Cubs because interleague play starts next weekend, and there is no way to predict how the Brewers will play against powerhouses Boston and New York in the next few weeks.
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