The Milwaukee Brewers are in seller mode, so they will spend the next two months evaluating, and seeing what they have going into next season. After the outing they saw Tuesday night, one would have to think Mike Fiers has earned himself a spot next season. Fiers has been a special story all season, but tonight he was extra special. He was going against the Cincinnati Reds again, this is the first time he has faced an opponent before. Every prognosticator was calling for Fiers to get rocked, and return to rookie form. Mike proved the critics wrong tonight.
To get a better feel for how special he was tonight here is the final line score.
Mike Fiers: 8IP 3H 1R 0BB 6K 113 pitches
And further illustration, Mike Fiers was working on a perfect game through six innings. How many rookies have been that close? And he was doing this against the top rated team in the National League. It was quite a story, and he continues to down play the whole thing. Nothing comes close to rattling him. Never have I seen a pitcher this dominating for this long. But enough about Fiers, here is how we got to this point.
Fiers was just mowing down Reds with complete ease, until the seventh inning. Fiers came out perfect, but Zack Cozart ended the perfection with a double. The Reds would score on consecutive fly balls from Drew Stubbs, and Brandon Phillips. Milwaukee got the run back in their half of the seventh inning. Rickie Weeks started with a double, Jonathan Lucroy grounded out allowing Weeks to move to third. And newcomer Jean Segura grounded out to third scoring Rickie from third base. That would be all for Milwaukee.
Cincinnati tried to rally but Mike Fiers stood strong, and retired the Reds in the eighth, despite allowing two hits, and clearly feeling a bit fatigued. The other big story for the Brewers tonight, Jim Henderson notched his first career save by pitching a perfect ninth inning. Hats off to the Brewers rookies in tonights game.
Milwaukee will swing for the sweep on Wednesday afternoon when Randy Wolf matches up with Mat Latos. After the game Wednesday, the Brewers will go off to Houston to battle the Houston Astros.
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