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The Improbable Dream: Brewers walk off with 5-4 win over Phillies

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Aramis Ramirez's single was the difference as the Crew pulled one out.

Mike McGinnis

W: Francisco Rodriguez (1-0)
L: Jeremy Horst (0-2)

HR: Erik Kratz (8)

MVP: Jean Segura (+.232 WPA)
LVP: Alfredo Figaro (-.141)

Win Expectancy Graph
Box Score

Sometimes anything really can happen. I didn't think anything good could possibly come from Alfredo Figaro starting against Cliff Lee and the Phillies, but the Brewers proved me wrong en route to a 5-4 walkoff win.

Philadelphia jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Figaro in the fourth inning when catcher Erik Kratz homered, and for a while this looked like the same Brewer team we've been watching for better than a month now. The Crew responded with two in the bottom of the inning on a Yuniesky Betancourt double and Figaro's RBI groundout, though, then tied the game when Jean Segura hit an RBI triple and scored on an error in the eighth. Finally, Segura, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back-to-back singles in the bottom of the ninth to give the Brewers a last-AB win.

The walkoff capped another solid night for the Brewer bullpen, as five relievers combined to keep the Phillies off the board for 3.2 innings.

This series continues with another contest the Brewers are unlikely to win tomorrow, as Kyle Kendrick takes on Tom Gorzelanny at 6:15.