By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on August 11, 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers have been atop the National League Central all season, but the national media gives them little respect. Many analysts mention the club's hot start, but show they have not been as strong since. Here are five statement victories that show the Brewers are still a legitimate threat to contend for the pennant.
Although the Red Sox are currently in last place in the AL East, the Brewers crashing of their opening day party was a huge win. The Brewers battled for four runs in the ninth inning in a 6-2 victory. Then continued their to spoil the Red Sox parade by sweeping the three game series.
Early in the season the Cincinnati Reds owned the Brewers going seven and three in the first ten meetings, but in their first home stand after the all-star break, the Brewers turned the tables. After winning game one of the series on a Jon Lucroy walk-off home run, the Brewers swept the Reds to push them further out of first place.
After failing to win either of the first two games of the Tampa Bay Rays series in late July, the Brewers faced the impossible matching up against David Price on July 31. Martin Maldonado powered the Brewers offense as they scored four runs in seven innings off Price. On the mound, Yovani Gallardo went seven scoreless in perhaps his best start of the season, leading the Brewers to a 5-0 victory.
With Mike Fiers making his first start of the season, the Brewers were surely underdogs facing Zach Greinke and the National League's best LA Dodgers. But even though Greinke had once owned Miller Park, Fiers out pitched him. While Greinke gave up four earned runs through six innings, Fiers was spectacular through eight, allowing just one earned run in route to a 4-1 Brewers victory.
Since the 2011 National League Championship Series, the St. Louis Cardinals have handled the Milwaukee Brewers. On Aug. 1 they faced all-star game starter Adam Wainwright. They were not only able to pull out a victory, but they rocked Wainwright for seven runs in 5.1 innings. The 7-4 victory showed that the Cardinals will not be able to simply walk over the Brewers again this year.
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