Saturday, June 4, 2011
One Down, Three to Go
John Axford hurriedly warmed up and entered the bottom of the ninth seeking his fourteenth save of the year. He certainly made it interesting, loading the bases on three walks (one intentional to Mike Stanton) before striking out Brett Hayes to end the game.
A back and forth, come from behind victory won in the ninth frame could be just what the Brewers need to kick their road woes. They're off to a good start in their four game series against the Marlins, but the next three won't be easy. The Marlins have been playing well this year, led by their pitching and young talent, and they enter tonight's game with a record of 31-24, good for second place in the NL East, two games back from the Phillies. They haven't played especially well at home (14-13), but they still hold the advantage. After winning game one, the Brewers only need to win one more to finish their road trip 3-4, not bad for a team sporting a 10-19 road record. One down, three to go. I like their odds of at least splitting the series, and anything on top of that would be gravy.