Ho-hum, another seven-game winning streak for the Brewers as they swept the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark Thursday afternoon. The Crew broke it open with a four-run fourth inning. Reds starter Luis Castillo walked the bases loaded before a two-out double from Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia. Arcia sent a line drive to the gap in left-center that took a lucky bounce off the tip of Josh VanMeter's glove and fell to the ground. Arcia scored on a double from outfielder Ben Gamel. That made it 5-1 and the Brewers held on. Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson had another great outing. He went five innings giving up five hits and only one earned run.
Milwaukee clinched a postseason berth yesterday but there is still a ton to decide and the 5-3 victory helps on multiple fronts. It guarantees Milwaukee at least keeps pace with Washington. The Crew entered Thursday a game back for the first Wild Card position in the National League. That determines home-field advantage for the one-game Wild Card playoff slated for next week. Milwaukee is 49-32 at home this season so playing a winner-take-all contest at Miller Park would tip the odds in favor of the Brewers. St Louis was off meaning Milwaukee is now only a game back of the Central Division leader. St. Louis plays the Cubs in the final weekend. Milwaukee is at Colorado. The Cubs have 14 more wins on the season than the Rockies. A one-game deficit is surmountable given the schedule.