The Milwaukee Brewers have finally gotten over the hump.
After sitting at 15 games above .500 six different times this year and coming up short in every chance to get to 16, manager Craig Counsell’s club got that monkey off their back with a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Milwaukee’s offense consisted of three solo home runs, including one from shortstop Nate Orf. It was his first career hit after making his debut on Monday. When he arrived back in the dugout, teammates forced him to give a curtain call that included Jesus Aguilar and Manny Pina putting the 28-year-old on their shoulders.
Third baseman Travis Shaw hit his first home run since June 5 to get the scoring started, while second baseman Brad Miller had his second homer of the series.
Pitching-wise, starter Chase Anderson went a strong 6 1/3 innings, giving up just one run and striking out five. Jeremey Jeffress picked up the win in relief by giving up just one hit in his 1 2/3 innings. Closer Corey Knebel came on in the ninth to get the save, his 10th of the year.
But Knebel’s success was largely made possible by an incredible catch from Keon Broxton, who plucked the ball out of the air just as it was about to go over the center field wall. It was his third game-saving catch in the ninth inning of his career, and according to ESPN Stats and Information, no other player in the league has more than one since the start of 2016. The catch proved even more important when Eduardo Escobar drilled a home run in the next at-bat.
The win leaves Milwaukee at 51-35 on the season — the best record in the National League — but only one game up on the red-hot Chicago Cubs, who have won six straight games.
The Brewers will open a series with Atlanta at Miller Park on Thursday.