“Hi ho hi ho it’s off to work we go ….” was pretty much the theme of the night Tuesday here in Milwaukee, as Brewer manager Craig Counsell sent 7 pitchers to the mound to secure a win versus the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.
As we all know the over achieving Brewers are in the thick of things with just 3 weeks left on the 2017 schedule, and are doing whatever it takes to get to the post-season for only the 5th time in the franchise’s 40 plus seasons.
Starter Brent Suter (2-2 3.55 ) who is not quite stretched out yet for full game use, went 3 innings allowing just 3 hits and 2 runs. With his spot coming to bat in the 3rd after lead off hitter Keon Broxton reached on a single, manager Craig Counsell pinch hit Brett Phillips and the ball was rolling as the Crew scored 4 runs and took the lead for good, in their 5-2 victory.
After that, the rest of the staff threw 6 scoreless innings. Jeremy Jeffress came in and pitched 1 & 2/3rds earning his 3 win on the season, Oliver Drake closed out the 5th. Drake and Jacob Hughes shared the 6th, while Swarzak recorded 4 strikeouts over the 7th and 8th sharing the latter inning with Josh Hader, which Hader locked down. Then came the 9th and Corey Knebel’s turn to pitch, and just like the other 34 times this season he did not disappoint.
Knebel shut the door on the Pirates, pitching a clean inning, striking out two with the last batter grounding out to first. Corey’s save was number 35 on the season, and it moved him into a tie for 10th place on the all-time save list for a season for the Crew.
Eric Thames and Domingo Santana needs to get a little love as well, Thames blasted his 29th home run of the season, it was the Brewers 203rd of the year. Domingo Santana recorded his 17th multi RBI game of 2017 going 3 for 4 at the plate while flashing some serious leather with a snag in the outfield that could’ve got over his head for a triple in the 6th.
The Crew finish their series tonight against the Pirates and will be sending Chase Anderson to the mound on short rest (and 67 pitches in previous start), so it may be another bullpen heavy game to secure a win, but, whatever it takes to “Hunt Down October” Craig Counsell and the Brewers need to do being just 2.5 games back in their division, and 4 games back of the National League Wild Card.
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