The Milwaukee Brewers plan on making the most of their final month together.
They’ll try to complete a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.
Heading into Thursday’s game, the Brewers were 56-75, the same record they had through 131 games last year. However, Milwaukee was competitive this season until the All-Star break, climbing seven games above .500 at 41-34 on July 1.
But since the break, Milwaukee has nose-dived, losing 34 of 48.
“It’s pretty disappointing,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said Thursday. “But that’s where we’re at.”
Though Milwaukee has had a disappointing season, several of the Brewers still have a lot to play for.
Dan Kolb cleaned up a ninth-inning mess Saturday and recorded the final out of the Brewers’ 7-3 win for his 36th save, ensuring Milwaukee’s first series win since it took two of three from Pittsburgh from July 30-Aug. 1. Kolb is one save shy of tying Bob Wickman (1999) for the Brewers’ single-season franchise record.
Scott Podsednik stole two more bases Saturday. Though he has been told by Yost that his playing time will be cut down over the final month to give some prospects a look, the second-year center fielder is just one steal shy of the club record of 54, set in 1992 by Pat Listach.
Geoff Jenkins has apparently decided to give it his best the rest of the way as well. The slugging outfielder has hit safely in his last six games and nine of his last 11, batting .463 (19-for-41) during the latter stretch to raise his batting average 18 points to .263.
The Reds have been outscored 46-12 during their five-game losing streak. Cincinnati is 15-31 since the All-Star break.
“The way we’re playing now, I know we can play better than that,” catcher Javier Valentin said.
Austin Kearns, who has missed 95 games this season due to shoulder and thumb injuries, hit his fifth home run of the season Saturday
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