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Brewers finish Ten Game Road Trip

 

 

Brewers hats & merchandise When the Brewers embarked on their final road trip of the season, they faced a tall order. The team had to play ten games against teams with records above .500. After sweeping the Pirates in the first series, the Brewers jumped above Pittsburgh in the Wild Card standings. The team then won two games of a four-game series with the Washington Nationals. After facing the team with the best record in baseball, the Brewers traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Central Division-leading Reds. After the teams split the first two games, the final game of the series seemed to be going the Brewer’s way until the bottom of the ninth inning. With his team leading 1-0, John Axford took the mound and promptly retired the first two batters that he faced. The next batter, Todd Frazier tied the game with a home run to center field. Jay Bruce followed with a single to left center. Brewer fans could then only wait for the inevitable as catcher Dioner Navarro battled Axford during an eight pitch at-bat. Navarro fouled off pitch after pitch before lacing a hit to the gap in deep right-center. Bruce scored all the way from first and the Brewers were dealt a crushing blow to their playoff chances.

Under normal circumstances, recording a 6-4 record during a road trip against some of the better teams in baseball would be viewed as a positive outcome. However, the Brewers truly needed be almost perfect to overtake the St. Louis Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot. The team now trails St. Louis by four games. While there’s still a chance that the Brewers could make the playoffs, that chance is very slim. Both the Cardinals and the Brewers only have six games remaining. While the Cardinals face the Nationals and the Reds, the Brewers finish the season at home against the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres. It’s entirely possible that the Brewers would win all six games. After all, they have a 46-29 at Miller Park this season. However, despite the fact that the Cardinals will face considerably stiffer competition, it’s unlikely that St. Louis will falter enough to allow the Brewers to slide into that final Wild Card spot.

If anything, the Brewers have made things interesting in the last month and a half. Heading into the month of September, the team was 63-68 with little hope of anything more than playing out the season. The team then went on a tear, winning 17 of 24 games in September and putting themselves back in the conversation as Wild Card contenders. The Brewers may fall short of the playoffs this season, but the grit and determination displayed by the team has to give fans hope for 2013.

 

 

By: Scott Kasten
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer


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