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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Playoff Fever 2011: Walk-Off Homerun"

With the Major League Baseball season winding to a close, and my local Milwaukee Brewers poised to make a rare Playoff appearance, I thought it might be fun to bring back an old blog theme from previous years. I thought I'd start a countdown to the National League Central Division Pennant!

So, that said... let's have at it.

Late last night, I sat down to watch the end of the Brewers game on television. When I joined the program, the contest was in the top of the 11th inning. The Brewers and Rockies were tied 1-1 after a great pitchers duel. Three outs later, the Rockies sat down, and the Brewers got their turn. The first batter up was our very own likely-MVP-candidate, Ryan Braun. After fighting off eight or nine great pitches, he launched a walk-off homerun into left-center, and the Brewers grabbed season-win number 87 (see video below)! Final score: Brewers 2, Rockies 1.

Here's where things stand at the end of this morning:

National League Central Division:

Team Name ............... W - L ..... GB

Milwaukee Brewers .... 87 - 62 .... --- .... (13 games left)
St. Louis Cardinals ..... 80 - 68 ... 6.5 ... (14 games left)

(NOTE: The other four teams in the division -- the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros -- have no chance of making it into the Playoffs this year.)

As of right now, the Brewers "Magic Number" is: -- 8

The magic number represents the combination of wins by the leading team and losses by the second-place team that would clinch the division title.

Tomorrow's game: Colorado Rockies in Milwaukee. 7:10pm (CST)

Go Brewers!

"Braun homers in 11th to lift Brewers over Rockies"

VIDEO: Ryan Braun's 12th career walk-off homerun

-Jon

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