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Brewers 6, Reds 1: Two sweep, perchance to dream

The Brewers have been fantastic recently, though it 's likely too late to make a difference.

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Win: Jungmann (3-1)
Loss: Leake (5-5)

HR: Parra (7), Lind (14)


So this is weird. The Brewers just swept the Reds, and they swept the Phillies just before, and they've won eight games in a row and nine of their last 10. The Brewers are the hottest team in baseball and are actually almost out of the cellar in the NL Central.

With this sweep of Cincinnati, Milwaukee now has the same number of wins as the Reds. After being the worst team in baseball for a while, now they are only fourth-worst.

Does this mean the Brewers have a shot this season? Nah. It's a good indication that the Brewers aren't as bad of a team as they had been for so long, but that should have been obvious. The Brewers aren't a good team. They shouldn't be god-awful either. They might be able to work their way up to a .500 level yet this year, but that doesn't really matter much in the grand scheme of things.

What does potentially matter for long-term matters is the fact that Taylor Jungmann was fantastic today. Jungmann tossed eight innings of four-hit ball, allowing just one run and two walks while striking out four. The 25-year-old has been outstanding in six major league starts this season and is making a strong case for being a true major league talent. Not a star -- he's not going to maintain an ERA under 3.00 in all likelihood -- but a strong member of a rotation. If the Brewers find a trade partner to take Kyle Lohse or Matt Garza, Jungmann should have every opportunity to pitch for Milwaukee the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, Gerardo Parra continues to hit well, going 2-5 with a home run and two runs scored. Adam Lind also picked up a couple of hits and a walk. He also slugged a three-run homer in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Jean Segura was 3-4 as he breaks out of a long slump. Aramis Ramirez had a pair of hits.

Things are looking really good for the Brewers recently. Unfortunately, it's a bit late for it to make a difference. But it's a welcome sight regardless.

Up next, the Brewers face the Braves back in Miller Park. First pitch tomorrow is set for 7:10 CT.