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W: Braden Looper (9-4)
L: Virgil Vasquez (1-4)
S: Trevor Hoffman (22)

MVP: Braden Looper (+.469)
LVP: Ryan Braun (-.176)

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Well, 18 out of 19 isn't bad, right?

Braden Looper and three relievers combined to shut out the Pirates tonight and win their 18th game in 19 opportunities against those brigands from Pittsburgh.

Looper pitched seven shutout innings, his first outing longer than six innings since May, and allowed just four hits and three walks, striking out one. He's now won four straight decisions, and is tied for the team lead with nine wins.

Virgil Vasquez had a pretty good outing against the Crew, scattering nine hits and four walks over 6.2 innings and allowing just two runs. He could not, however, find a way to retire Prince Fielder, who went 2-for-4 and drove in a Brewer run with each hit.

The Brewers will be holding their collective breath going into tomorrow, as Felipe Lopez left tonight's game with tightness in his hamstring. He'll likely get the day off tomorrow with the exceptionally early start (11:30 Central time!), and assuming he does he'll have the off day Thursday to recover, hopefully in time to play against the Braves on Friday.