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Brewers 11 Nationals 7

W: C. Vargas (1-0)
J. Marquis (0-3)

HR: C. Counsell (1st of many)

MVP: C. Counsell +.123
LVP: D. Davis -.072

Win Expectancy Graph and Star Player of the Game Voting
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Holy crap we won!

The old baseball adage, "If you score 10 runs in the first, and Doug Davis can get to the 4th inning, and Craig Counsell hits a grand slam, you will win a lot of your ball games" was proven true again, as the Brewers beat the Nats 11-7 this afternoon.

Starter Jason Marquis for the Nationals, only faced 7 batters, allowing them all to score, leaving the game without recording an out. The 7 runs (done by many) was the second most allowed by a starter failing to record an out in MLB history. In 1991 the Brewers chased Angel starter Joe Grahe in a similar fashion.

The Brewers went on to score 10 runs in the first inning (a Brewer record). Brewer slugger Craig Counsell launched  a bases-loaded HR off of National reliever Miguel Batista. It was Counsell's 3rd career grand slam. On August 24th, 1997,  Counsell hit his first career grand slam, and interestingly enough Gregg Zaun was on first base. Zaun was also onboard when Counsell hit his towering blast this afternoon, 13 years later.

Brewer starter Doug Davis, was spotted a 10 run lead, but didn't manage to get the win, as he was chased in the 5th inning after giving up 5 runs and 11 hits on 107 pitchers.

Casey McGehee continued his torrid hitting, going 3-4 and raised his batting average to .400 for the season. Carlos Villanueva also continued kicking ass, making his 6th scoreless appearance, pitching 2 innings to secure the victory for the Brewers.

Also, Ian Desmond tried to rudely crush Gregg Zaun at the plate this afternoon, however probably empowered by Craig Counsell's grand slam, Zaun made an incredible play to tag Desmond out, crush his spirit and end the Nationals rally.