Even though they’ve been out of the playoff race for a while, the Milwaukee Brewers still have something to play for.
The Brewers look to move over .500 for the first time since May as they continue their four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.
The Brewers beat the Reds 12-9 in Monday’s series opener, reaching 78 wins for the first time since 1997. Milwaukee has not been over the break-even mark since they were 24-23 on May 27.
The Brewers, who rallied for five runs in the eighth inning, have not had a winning season since 1992, while still in the American League.
“It definitely adds to the excitement,” said Bill Hall, who is 13-for-23 in the past six games. “We’re all excited about this opportunity. We haven’t had it here in so long. I feel great for Geoff Jenkins and Ben Sheets after all the hard times, and to finally have a chance for a winning season and go home happy for a change.”
Hall went 4-for-4 with a homer, and Jenkins and Russell Branyan also connected for Milwaukee, which has won five of seven. Carlos Lee drove in two runs to match his career high with 113 RBIs, set in 2003 with the Chicago White Sox.
“This game is funny,” Valentin said. “We have to continue what we’ve been doing and come back tomorrow and start over.”