Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 7/2/11
What a wild way to bounce back.
The Milwaukee Brewers snapped almost a full week of terrible baseball in a dramatic way, coming from behind to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-7. The victory helped the Brewers climb back into a tie for first place as the Cardinals also lost.
The Twins mimicked the Brewers by falling off the map late in the game. Minnesota jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the 4th inning but was held to 1 hit the remainer of the game. Chris Narveson started for the Brewers and got chewed up. He gave up two big home runs and all 7 scores on 14 hits. His night lasted 4.2 innings, but the bullpen held the rest of the game together, which included the return of reliever Takashi Saito. John Axford ended up with his 21st save of the year.
Milwaukee was the exact opposite, putting up mostly junk the first portion of the game. Ryan Braun got the one hit he needed to continue his hitting streak, now at 22 games. He did however have to leave the game with what they are calling a calf strain. It seems possible he might miss some time.
Once the Twins’ turned off their offense, the Crew turned theirs on. The Brewers chipped away bit by bit, with a 2 run homer by Nyjer Morgan really lifting this team up. They drew within 7-4 heading into the 9th and absolutely busted up closer Matt Capps. The Brewers got 3 of their 4 runs with two outs to take the lead, and Axford held on for the victory.
Zack Greinke will take the mound to finish tomorrow as the Brewers end what will still be a disappointing road trip, win or loss tomorrow afternoon.
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