Thursday, September 29, 2011

Brewers, first round at home

The Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up the best regular season in franchise history and secured home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The NL Central-champion Brewers finished 96-66 to set a club record while edging the Diamondbacks for the No. 2 seed in the National League. Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer while Corey Hart and Jonathan Lucroy added solo blasts for the Brewers, who will start Yovani Gallardo in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against NL West champion Arizona. "Coming into today, our main goal was to win so we can play here. It means a lot to have the second best record in the National League," Gallardo said. "I'm very excited. I can't wait for Saturday."

Greinke also became the first NL pitcher since Orel Hershiser (12-0) in 1985 to finish perfect at home with an 11-0 record or better. Milwaukee won all 15 of Grienke's games in Miller Park. But... that home dominance won't carry over to the first round of the playoffs. Because Milwaukee needed a win on Wednesday to ensure home-field advantage, Greinke likely won't be used until Game 3 on the road of the NLDS. Reyes went 1 for 1 with a bunt hit to raise his batting average to .337 before asking out of New York's 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Braun refused to criticize Reyes' decision before the Brewers played, saying that he still had a chance to win the title. It quickly ended. Braun needed three hits, but grounded to third base to end the first and into a fielder's choice to finish the third with the sellout crowd continuing its ``M-V-P'' chorus during each at-bat.

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