Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 8/15/11
The Milwaukee Brewers, playing their first game against a non-division opponent in 3 weeks, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 to continue their lead in the NL Central.
The Crew played their best defensive game of the year in a close battle that didn’t feel comfortable until late. A total of 4 double plays, 2 plays at home plate, 1 triple play and a number of web gems turned what could have been a rough day for Randy Wolf into an excellent day. Wolf fought through 8 innings, giving up a total of 11 hits and walks. His 3rd shutout effort of the year was also his second straight game going 8 innings.
Still, it was the defensive plays that helped Wolf through. The Brewers turned a triple play in the 2nd inning, with Josh Wilson flipping to Yuniesky Betaucourt at second, to Prince Fielder at first, and to George Kottaras at home to get out of a jam. Jerry Hairston had a number of pinpoint throws and diving catches in center field to form his own highlight reel, and it was certainly a great turnaround for a team not known for its defense. If Milwaukee could find a way to maintain this effort in all parts of the game, they’d be near unstoppable.
The Dodgers had their own well-pitched game that ended up decided in the 4th inning with a solo home run by Ryan Braun. Jonathan Lucroy and Corey Hart each hit solo homers in the 8th to add some safety runs, but it was a quiet day offensively that the Brewers won simply by being the better team.
Yovani Gallardo takes the mound tomorrow as the Crew now sits 20 games over .500 at 71-51, the first time they’ve been 20 over since September of 2008.
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