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Game Score 64
Matty O'Cain brought his big heat and his VSC to Milwaukee today and gave us 21 outs and got charged with only two runs--the same combo that The Franchise delivered on Thursday--but this time the G-men prevailed, getting three runs for themselves instead of only one. Eamon O'Velez was the hero today, waving a mighty shilelagh and wielding a wizardly glove at second base. Matty owes you a corned beef sandwich and a pint o'Guinness, lad. Sean O'Ribe delivered another massive bomb--this guy is Willie Mac Award material.
Luck prevailed against a pesky Crew, along with grit, fortitude, and a heaping dose of gnarliness. That, and a sensational outing by closer Brian Wilson. He has certainly filled the role this season. Big Sugar finally gets win no. 13, which ties his career high. The bad luck was banished! The long stretch of no-decisions was certainly getting old, and mix in a couple of rocky starts in August and you wonder if The Tennessee Stud is wearing down. But he brushed aside those concerns--if they were there at all--with another excellent start. The first run he allowed would have been a flyout on a normal day. Winn lost it in the sun, and didn't go back far enough to catch it. It should have been an out, but I'll cut Randy some slack because of the tough afternoon shadows. I was impressed that Ol' Boch let Matty pitch the 8th, even though that didn't work out so well. He had a real shot a giving us another three outs, which was worth taking at that point.
The two starts by our two studly right-handers really tell the story of the season: losing 2-1 and winning 3-2. The margins are soooo close with this team, any small break or bit o'luck can decide the contest. Nonetheless, we march on, still in the hunt. When do we get to see Buster?