MVP: Braden Looper (+.196)
LVP: Craig Counsell (-.097)
Hey, that wasn't bad at all!
Braden Looper allowed his 31st home run of the season, tying him for the eighth highest single-season total in team history, but otherwise pitched pretty well, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and two walks, striking out four. He was followed to the mound by Todd Coffey, who pitched a perfect seventh and eighth (with a rain delay in the middle) and Trevor Hoffman, who was warming when the Brewers had a 4-2 lead entering the top of the ninth, finished the game off anyway in the non-save situation, allowing a solo home run to Ryan Zimmerman to lead off the inning before settling down and retiring the side.
Prince Fielder provided the early runs, driving home two with a first inning home run, his 33rd of the season. After Looper allowed Adam Dunn to tie the game, Casey McGehee hit a solo shot to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead which they never relinquished. They tacked on a run in the seventh and three more in the ninth to remove all doubt.
This might blow your mind: Jason Kendall actually had three hits tonight, his first three-hit game since May 9. Craig Counsell went 0-for-5 and was the only Brewer starting position player not to record a hit, but he did pick up an RBI on a sac fly in the ninth.