Win: Davies (3-2)
Loss: Cashner (6-16)
Good news that you might have slept through! The Brewers beat the Padres 5-0 and I think, finally, we can say the Brewers are looking like the team we hoped they'd be all year. That means -- again, finally -- they can start making their big dramatic comeback for a Wild Card spot and, eventually, their first World Series title ever.
Of course, the Cardinals clinched the NL Central crown Wednesday, so that's out of the question. But the Wild Card is even more exciting. More games they'll need to play before their inevitable triumph. Seriously, guys, this is the stuff that disney movies are made of. And the Brewers need a new movie where they're featured because right now their cinematic crowning glory is...Mr. 3000. Yeesh.
So, OK, I acknowledge a lot of things will need to break right. Technically (technically), the math is not on their side. But disney movies don't really care about math, probably, so neither should we. Instead, baseball will disqualify the Cubs to keep that whole curse storyline going. The Pirates will decide they'd rather go on vacation for the playoffs, maybe on a cruise to raid some shore towns. The Giants will switch to the NFL and move to Los Angeles and become the Football Giants. The Nationals will be too concerned about Jonathan Papelbon to realize they suddenly had a playoff spot. And so on.
It's finally going to happen!
Anyway, Zach Davies was pretty superb Wednesday, pitching seven innings of five hit ball while striking out six and walking two. Corey Knebel and Tyler Thornburg both allowed a pair of baserunners in an inning apiece, but finished out the shutout.
And the Brewers got five runs in the sixth inning, which was more than enough. Hernan Perez had three hits while Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett each picked up a pair of singles. You know, the usual crowd leading the offense.
Four games left in this season. The Padres again Thursday, then three more against the soon-to-be-disqualified Cubs. What a year.