MILWAUKEE — This game belonged to the Brewers from the start. Jim Slaton set the Rangers down in order in the top of the first, and the Brewers’ offense scored four in the bottom of the inning. That’s all they’d need.
Once again, they did everything right. Slaton, stepping in for the demoted Randy Lerch, allowed only two runs in seven innings pitched. The previously struggling Ben Oglivie went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Every starter other than Marshall Edwards had at least a hit, and four Brewers had two.
It’s almost getting to the point where running through all of the positives is exhausting. Just about everything is going well. And not only “well,” but “really well.”
At 65-45, this team now has the best record in all of baseball. They lead the Red Sox by a season-high 4.5 games in the AL East. So pardon Brewers fans if they’re getting a bit giddy.
That giddiness is spilling over into the organization itself. In the midst of the five-run sixth inning, County Stadium’s scoreboard lit up with the line “There ain’t no stopping,” inspired by the popular disco song “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead. There were similar slogans posted throughout the game.
Brewers manager Harvey Kuenn, attempting to keep a level head, was not impressed with the hype. “It’s too early to get caught up in a pennant race,” Kuenn asserted, “there are a lot of games left. I think it’s a bit out of place,” he said, referring to the scoreboard messages.
Maybe. But Brewers fans are pumped. We can feel it. This is our year. And we’re going to enjoy every minute of it.