Manager Craig Counsell’s club got there with a 2-0 win Tuesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park.
The game was tied until the fifth inning, when outfielder Eric Thames drilled a two-run homer that proved to be all the offense Milwaukee would need. It was his 12th on the season.
The home run stood up because of a brilliant pitching effort from the Brewers. Starter Junior Guerra only went five innings, but he managed to strikeout eight batters during that time and evened his record at 5-5 with the win. Lefty Josh Hader then pitched a season-long three innings, not allowing a hit and striking out a pair. And for the second night in a row, Corey Knebel was able to come in and dominate, this time striking out the side to earn his ninth save of the season.
Milwaukee hits the 50-win mark in 85 games, the second-fastest the club has gotten there. And it moved the Brewers back to 15 games above .500. They’ve been there six other times this season and never been able to get to 16. They’ll try to on Wednesday when they look to finish off a sweep of the Twins.