Brewers 4, Red Sox 2: A Satisfying Victory

Win: Wolf (5-4)
Loss: Lester (9-3)
Save: Axford (19)

HR: Weeks (14), Hart (7), Kottaras (2)

MVP: Wolf (.270)
LVP: Betancourt (-.087)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

This game started off with a bang as Rickie Weeks--playing at DH today--opened with yet another lead-off home run.  That wasn't all, though, as Corey Hart followed that up with a home run of his own to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. 

Of course, the Brewers had 2-0 leads after the first inning in each of their two previous games, only to lose 12-7 to the Cubs and 10-4 to the Red Sox.  And it seemed like this game might have been heading in the same direction as the Red Sox tied the game in the second inning with two runs of their own off of Randy Wolf

Fortunately, George Kottaras gave the Brewers the lead back with a solo homer in the fourth and Casey McGehee put up an insurance run with an RBI single.  Randy Wolf would then proceed to shut down Boston and Kameron Loe and John Axford finished off the game with two perfect innings.

Wolf's final line ended up being 7 IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 2 ER and 3 K.  Not a bad day in the office as Wolf has now brought his season ERA down to 3.15.  John Axford was absolutely dominating closing out the game.  The Ax has now brought his season ERA down to 2.78 and his FIP is approaching 2.00. 

Offensively, Rickie Weeks was the only Brewer to pick up a couple of hits (the homer and a double), though Hart, Ryan Braun, and Prince Fielder all reached base twice via a hit and a walk. 

The Cardinals pulled out a win against the Royals in the ninth inning of their game, so the Brewers remain just a game ahead in the NL Central.

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