Win: Johnny Cueto (19-9)
Loss: Mike Fiers (6-4)
Save: Aroldis Chapman (34)
HR: Carlos Gomez (22), Todd Frazier (28), Devin Mesoraco (25)
The kind of nice thing about the Brewers being all but knocked out of the playoffs is that we don't really need to worry about the whole 'wins' and 'losses' thing anymore. Sure, it would be nice to finish above .500 and it is, of course, nice to win any game whether it matters or not. But at this point, we can instead focus what little is left in the season on taking in the good little things that happen during games like
So the offense was really, really bad. I feel like I should just go into any old recap from the past few recaps and ctrl-c ctrl-v a paragraph or two about that. Today, the Brewers combined for four hits. Scratch that, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez combined for two hits. The rest of the lineup did diddly. I'm pretty sure that the Brewers' Ryan Braun actually received a life-time suspension and they've made an attempt to replace him with Ryan Braun.
The Brewers' only run (hey, they got a run!) came on a Carlos Gomez home run in the sixth inning. They also almost scored in the first inning when Scooter Gennett walked and Gomez and Ramirez singled, but Gennett was thrown out at home. Honestly, I can't blame the Brewers for sending anyone around the bases at this point; it's not like we can rely on anyone to drive a run in otherwise, so why not take a shot.
Meanwhile, Mike Fiers was Marco Estrada-esque. In that, I mean that for the most part his stats looked really good but the home run screwed him over. Today, he gave up four hits (not totally sure he's capable of allowing more) over five innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Exactly half of those hits were home runs, however, as Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco went back-to-back in the first to give the Reds an early 2-0 lead. Cincinnati got one more in the eighth off Jeremy Jeffress when Jason Bourgeois singled in Brayan Pena.
The Brewers ended the game with two runners on base via hit by pitch and walk, but Ryan Braun struck out to end the game. Braun finished 0-4 with two strikeouts.
The Pirates are winning right now. If that holds and the Giants win tonight, the Brewers are officially out of the playoffs. Sweet mercy.