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Milwaukee Brewers win ninth straight game, sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates


The Milwaukee Brewers were not exactly a hot pick in preseason predictions. Sure, some people pegged them as a dark horse team or a possible contender that people won’t see coming, but generally speaking they found themselves in the bottom of a division with projected winners like the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and even the Pittsburgh Pirates.

12 games into the season, and it is indeed the Brewers that have the best record in Major League Baseball (10-2). They kept things going on Sunday, sweeping the Pirates and picking up their 9th straight victory.

Once you sift through the numerous story lines that surround Ryan Braun and his return to baseball after a PED suspension last season, the story of the Brewers very well might be the solid top three they have in their starting rotation. That formula for success was on display Sunday as Kyle Lohse went 8 2/3 innings, allowing only one run and striking out nine batters.

Asked about the winning streak, manager Ron Roenicke said the following (from MLB.com):

Everything is going good. The bullpen is nice to have back there knowing there are three, four, five guys and they’re all doing their job. The starter went really deep today which was nice. We had a couple of guys off in the bullpen tonight so it was nice for Kyle to get deep.”

The Brewers will face a nice early test to start the week as the Cardinals come to town for a three game set.

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