Admit it. When you turned on the game and saw the Brewers losing 3-0 to Bronson Arroyo in the 4th inning–and Jeff Suppan still pitching–you thought, “well, no way we can pull this one out.” That 2001 mentality that has reared its ugly head again this year due to several lackluster offensive performances late in games and numerous (say, 15) blown leads by the bullpen has numbed Brewers’ fans into their old ways of thinking again (I honestly wrote this paragraph before reading Adam McCalvy’s write-up, but, since he made a similar comment, I thought I’d provide you with his similar sentiment):
“We did it on the road and we did it here against the Reds, where we haven’t done all that well,” said Brewers reliever Derrick Turnbow (4-4), who took the win after pitching a perfect eighth inning. “That’s a double whammy.”
Actually it was a triple whammy, when you consider that the win came just after the Cubs had defeated the Pirates. The Brewers needed the rally to improve to 72-69, and with it they remained tied with Chicago atop the division with 21 games to play.
Or a quadruple whammy, considering how many times the Brewers have been on the other side of games like this one. They have lost 15 games after leading by three or more runs, tops in the Majors.
But after Prince Fielder’s 43rd homer of the year in the 6th cut the Reds’ lead to 3-2, and Jeff Suppan held the Reds in check in the bottom of the 6th, a glimmer of hope sprung up. Even after Fielder scored the tying run in the 8th on a sac fly, fans held their collective breath when Derrick Turn”Blow” took the mound in the bottom of the 8th. And even after Craig Counsell got on to start the 9th and advanced to second on a sac bunt, fans grimaced a bit when much maligned second baseman Rickie Weeks came to the plate.
Then Weeks hit a triple to plate the eventual winning run.
Even so, I thought to myself, “Oh, crud, we’re on the road…Cordero is near flawless at Miller Park…but on the road.” And when Adam Dunn came to the plate, I could not help but think, “oh, no…this is where it falls apart.”
Of course, it didn’t, Cordero earned the save in the Crew’s win to keep pace with the Cubs, who also won. But, hopefully, those ol’ demons of gloom and doom have been exorcised with Saturday night’s win.