Brewers 3, Cubs 2: While My Greinke Gently Sweeps

Win: Zack Greinke (13-5)
Loss: Casey Coleman (2-7)
Save: John Axford (40)

HR: Hart (21)

MVP: Greinke (.421)
LVP: Fielder (-.173)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
Box Score

This win gives the Brewers 21 wins in the month of August, tying the team record for wins in a month set in June of 1978.  With two games left in August, it seems like a pretty good possibility that the Brewers will be setting a new record soon.  Milwaukee hasn't lost two straight games since July 23-24, against the Giants.  That is also the last time that the Brewers have lost a series.  This sweep of the Cubs is also the sixth series sweep the Brewers have had since that Giants series. 

Yeah, the Brewers are doing pretty well.

Today was marked by an absolutely wonderful start from Zack Greinke.  Greinke was outstanding through seven innings, allowing just three hits and two walks to the Cubs.  He managed to get two outs in the eighth before being replaced by Francisco Rodriguez with a runner on second.  K-Rod would allow the inherited runner to score, thus sticking Greinke with the earned run.  Greinke's final line: 7.2 innings, 4 hits, 2 BB, 1 ER, 7 K.  Not bad at all.  His season ERA is down to 4.05. 

The Brewers offense was, once again, sparked by Corey Hart, who knocked in a couple runs with another home run en route to a 2-3 day.  He also walked once and scored two runs.  Ryan Braun also went 2-3 with a walk and is just a hair behind Jose Reyes for the NL batting average lead. 

John Axford struggled and gave up three very long fly balls, one of which cleared the fence for a home run.  It was nerve-racking, but he made it out of the ninth for his fortieth save of the season.  This was the first time in last ten appearances that he gave up a run.

The Brewers now have 81 wins and, thus, can't finish with a losing record.  They also have the third-best record in Major League Baseball.

Not bad.

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