Brewers Set New Franchise Record, Clinch NLDS Homefield With 7-3 Win Over Pirates

W: Zack Greinke (16-6)
L: Jeff Locke (0-3)

HR: Jonathan Lucroy (12), Corey Hart (26), Carlos Gomez (8), 

MVP: Carlos Gomez (+.205)
LVP: Rickie Weeks (-.074)

Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting

Let's start with this, because it's tonight's big story: Tonight's Brewer win clinched homefield advantage in the NLDS, although the opponent is still to be determined. The Cardinals won tonight to clinch at worst a tie for the NL Wild Card, and the Braves and Phillies are tied in the 12th inning. Regardless of what happens, the Brewers will host Saturday's playoff opener: If the Braves win tonight and a one game playoff tomorrow, the Brewers will see them. If the Phillies win tonight or the Cardinals win tomorrow, it'll be the Diamondbacks.

Zack Greinke did everything that was asked of him tonight, pitching six innings on short rest and allowing two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out four. He needed 74 pitches to complete six frames, so it's tough to tell if the Brewers will use him on short rest in game two of the NLDS, or wait for game three.

Greinke, by the way, finished the regular season with 201 strikeouts. The 2011 Brewers are the first team in franchise history to have two pitchers pass 200 in the same season. 

Meanwhile, the Brewer bats rode three home runs to a comfortable victory. One of those home runs was Jonathan Lucroy's 12th: He's now the first Brewer catcher since 1999 to hit that many.

Ryan Braun, meanwhile, went 0-for-4 and will finish the season in second place in the race for the NL batting title. Jose Reyes, who went 1-for-1 today to reach .337, will take the crown. Prince Fielder went 1-for-3 with a walk and, for the second time in three years, will finish the season batting .299.

Lost in all of tonight's other storylines was this note: The 2011 Brewers will finish the season one game better than the 1979 and 1982 teams, who held the previous franchise record with 95 wins.

Carlos Gomez was thrown out trying to come home from second on a single in the eighth, and somehow managed to make an out on the bases in every game in this series. Jerry Hairston Jr was also thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.

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