Miami, FL – The Milwaukee Brewers outlasted the Miami Marlins 7-5 at Marlins Park Wednesday night. Mike Moustakas homered twice, capping off a fantastic evening as the Brew Crew fought off a rally from the Fish, now just one win away from sweeping the four-game set. Pablo Lopez toed the rubber, facing off against Zach Davies on a night both commemorating the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and the Brewers first full game without Christian Yelich.
Milwaukee got on the board early with Trent Grisham hammering a leadoff home run on Lopez’s payoff pitch. Miami responded in the home half of the first after Starlin Castro hit a sac fly to drive in a run. Isan Diaz drew a walk, followed by a Garrett Cooper base hit. Diaz legged one out to third during the play, setting up for the pop fly to left from Castro.
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The Marlins wouldn’t hold the lead for long as the Brew Crew broke out the lumber in the third. Mike Moustakas blasted a three-run shot, his 32nd home run of the season, to give the Brewers a 4-2 lead. They tacked on another run the following inning.
The fifth frame saw the home team flex their own muscle, hitting back-to-back dingers via Diaz and Cooper to tie the game. Castro and Neil Walker almost went deep, narrowly missing going over the wall as the squad was uncharacteristically hard-hitting that inning.
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It would all be in vain.
The Moose would make Marlins reliever Jose Ureña pay, slapping together another two-run rocket. It was his 13th career multi-homerun game, the fourth this season. Moustakas went 3-for-4 on the night, collecting five RBIs to power the team to victory.
At the bottom of the ninth Miguel Rojas managed to get on base with a single to right but Jon Berti went down swinging for the final out. Miami will look to avoid yet another series sweep when they go it again Thursday afternoon.
Across the league and throughout the country, folks have been marking the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Honoring and remembering those who lost their lives while paying tribute to the brave men and women who serve the country. It touched so many lives, changing the world as we knew it. Getting a bit personal, I was in high school when the entire thing unfolded. Freshman year. I was in my second class of the day, English, and the teacher turned on the television. By then one of the towers was already struck. Shortly thereafter I looked on as the second plane collided into the building, bursting into flames. Before my very eyes, I watched people die in that explosion. By the end of the day, nearly half the kids were picked up by their parents.
My dad was still working and my mom figured I was safer at school. My brain didn’t process what was happening right away, in fact, I don’t think I realized the magnitude of that event until much later. Those images along with acts of heroism, perseverance and bravery will forever be in my mind. If I had to find a “historical equivalent” this was our generation’s Pearl Harbor. We had no idea such a terrible act could be inflicted upon us, although this was not the first attempt on the Twin Towers. While the nation was no stranger to terrorism, it all seemed far away on some distant land on the other side of the world. It certainly was for some teenager like myself who only worried about video games, girls and school. It served as both a wake-up call to the new world we live in and a realization that heroes of all shapes and sizes existed, without capes or masks.
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Say It Ain’t So
Christian Yelich’s season is OVER, bitten by the injury bug in heartbreaking fashion. Last night in the opening frame, Yelich got a hold of Elieser Hernandez’s pitch and fouled it off his leg. He went down and stayed at the plate for some time. It was a bad break of the worst kind. Initially, the injury didn’t look too bad, Yelich was able to walk off the field under his own power. But it was later revealed that he fractured his right kneecap. This is a tremendous blow for the Milwaukee Brewers, in the thick of the playoff race. Heading into tonight they were five games behind the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals and a game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot.
You can’t help but feel for the guy. Losing him at the peak of his performance is a big loss, not just for the team but for baseball. To think, the injury was suffered against his former team. Against us. Here’s to a speedy recovery!
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