Don’t look now, but we’re a day away from the final month of the baseball season, the stretch run is definitely here. And no team has been more surprising this year than the brew crew in Milwaukee—hanging around in both the NL central and NL wild card races. Right now they’re three back in wild card, and three and half back in the central. and with only 29 to go, every game counts.
So with a 6-5 lead in the 9th against the Cardinals yesterday, with two outs, and a runner on, and Randal Grichuk at the dish, they couldn’t afford to blow the game. Luckily for them—jungle favorite Keon Broxton, was patrolling center with a gold glove and back pocket full of karma from an appearance on the program back in May.
Win: Chase Anderson. Loss: Carlos Martinez. Save: Keon. Broxton.
Not just a home-run saving catch, not just a game-saving catch, but possibly a season saving catch. an absolutely huge play in an absolutely huge spot.
And I’m no professional lip reader—but it was pretty damn clear that Brewers closer, Corey Knebel, screamed “f—, yeah!” when the cameras caught his reaction on the mound.
On its own, it’s one of the best plays of the year. but factor in how huge it was to keep pace with the Cubs in the central and pick up a game on the Rockies in the wild card—and it might be the most important play of the year, at least for Brewers.
The best part is that Broxton wasn’t even starting yesterday, he came in during the 8th for Hernan Perez as part of a double-switch. and he made manager Craig counsel look like a genius.
It’s all about getting hot at the right time and the Brewers are playing some really good ball right now. and in the National League where the west and the east have sewn up for months, it’s great to get some drama from a dark horse coming down the stretch.
I don’t have a dog in this fight, but the brew-crew have been great to the jungle and I wouldn’t mind seeing them run down the Cubs to make that series late next month feel like an early start to the postseason.
In the meantime, Keon Broxton’s got the catch of the year and it’s gonna be tough to beat.