BREWERS WIN! Last night's game against the Cubs had a lot of us worried. With Suppan on the mound and having just finished a couple games that required us to use several relief pitchers, we had a questionable starter and a lot of tired arms in the pen. And we were playing one of the best teams in baseball. But the Crew picked a great night to show us they can play like a playoff team. Suppan threw 5 solid innings, giving up just one run--an Edmonds dinger. The Brewers then put the ball in the giant, red hands of Seth McClung, who finished the game, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 6. Thanks to both pitchers stepping up, the Brewers got a win, and their bullpen got a much needed day off. On the offensive side of the ball, Rickie Weeks (who, I think came in as a defensive substitution) went yard in the 7th with two on to put the game away.
Mets Lose! Meanwhile, the Mets dropped their game to the Florda Marlins 6 to 1 as the rain came down in New York. Thanks a lot Fish! Volstad threw 6 solid innings while Hanley Ramirez and Josh Willingham added some runs.
The Brewers now control their own destiny. The Crew is now 1 game up on the Mets in the wild card race. With 2 games to play, the Brewers' magic number is 2. Sheets is taking the mound tonight against Ted Lilly. Sheets says he's feeling fine. Let's hope so. Meanwhile, the Mets are throwing Santana on 3 days rest against Florida and the capable Ricky Nolasco. Let's hope we can wrap this thing up today so we can have Craig Counsell pitch tomorrow.
The Badgers head to the Big House this afternoon and are favored to win for the first time... ever? A lot of how that game turns out will hinge on whether Hill, Brown and Clay can run on Michigan's tough pass defense. I have a feeling that they can.
Today's hair of the dog is brought to you by Stella Artois, which they serve at a very underrated sports bar [stupidly] called Karma, on Ogden Ave. They have a ton of TVs, a layout that lets you see them, good food and good beer. And it's walking distance from my apartment. I'll be back.
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