Sunday, June 4th, 2017

MLB 2017 Game #6: Dodgers vs. Brewers

When our four-pack of Milwaukee Brewers tickets arrived during the holiday season, I would not have imagined that today's game would be a battle between two division leaders. Having reached the National League Championship Series (NLCS) in 2016, the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-22, .614) are likely pennant contenders. But the Brewers?

Since it's the beginning of June, the 2017 campaign is far from over. You know the baseball clich- it's a marathon, not a sprint is still valid at this point in the season. If the season ended today, the Brewers (29-27, .518) would claim the National League Central title. On paper the Chicago Cubs (27-27, .500) should have run away with the division, but their offense has been somewhat dormant. Sitting just one game off the pace, the Cubs recently suffered a six-game losing streak on the west coast against the Dodgers and San Diego Padres, but have won two in a row against the St. Louis Cardinals (26-27, .491). The Dodgers hold a slim, half-game lead over the Colorado Rockies (35-23, .603).

The Brewers' biggest star, left fielder Ryan Braun, is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain. And Eric Thames, the Brewers' first baseman, who began the season on a home run tear, until recently, went homerless of a three-week stretch.

After winning the first two games of the series, the Dodgers will send 29-year-old Kenta Maeda (4-2, 5.21 ERA) to the mound to complete the three-game sweep. The Brewers will counter with 24-year-old Zach Davies (5-3, 5.18 ERA).

Fun Fact: The last time I saw the Dodgers play was during my only trip to St. Louis' new Busch Stadium on July 18, 2010. The Dodgers held a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. The Cardinals saved all of their run support that afternoon for the final two innings scoring three in the eighth and two in the ninth to complete a 5-4 comeback win.

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