The Brewers aren’t just winning games, they are winning big games against good teams. Today, they polished off the Yankees to take two out of three and steal the series on the road, in New York.
Corey Knebel bounced back from a loss yesterday, to extend his streak of consecutive games with a strikeout to 43, and notch the save. Knebel walked the leadoff man in the 9th, and then struck out Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorious and Gary Sanchez to slam the door and record his 14th save.
The Brewers started off fast again, as Travis Shaw hit a three run blast in the first to give them the lead. He also singled in the fifth to drive in his fourth run of the day. However, the deciding run was a solo shot by Stephen Vogt in the second.
This team is no longer a surprise. Now they are a miracle that just keeps thrilling. The Brewers lost a heartbreaker yesterday that could have put them in a funk, instead they came out swinging and have built tremendous momentum heading into the second half of what has become a very exciting season.
Jimmy Nelson notched win number eight as he went five innings, giving up seven hits, three runs, and struck out six. The Brewers pitchers have had some room to breathe behind this explosive offense, but have also done enough to win.
Nobody had this team going into the All Star break with 50 wins, but doubt hasn’t stopped Brewers Manager Craig Counsell and his “Crew” from shooting for the stars. This squad has a family and friendship mentality and continue to glory in each other’s victories. If this keeps up much longer, this team who is in first place, 5 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs in the NL Central, will be looking for even higher ground.