C.C. Sabathia had to pitch, yet again today. I would venture to guess it was worth it to him.
After the Mets failed to defeat the Marlins this afternoon, the Milwaukee Brewers return to the post-season for the first time since 1982 with a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs, the Central Division Champions.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the 7th, Craig Counsell walked which brought in Ray Durham to knot the score at one apiece. With the score the same in the bottom of the 8th, Ryan Braun launched a two-run bomb to give the Brew Crew a 3-1 advantage that they would not relinquish.
After a single in the top of the 9th by Ryan Theriot, Derrick Lee grounded into the 4-6-3 double play to finish the ball game. At the completion of the game, the Mets were down 4-2 in the bottom of the 8th, but players and fans did not have to wait much longer. The Marlins did win 4-2 in the final game for the Mets at Shea Stadium.
On a side note, Milwaukee had 45,299 in attendance, which happens to be 6% higher than the attendance for a sold out game at Miller Park. Needless to say, they left happy fans at the conclusion of the game.
Milwaukee will face the N.L. East Champions, Philadelphia Phillies in the Wild Card Round. The winner of the series will face the winner of the Cubs/Dodgers series in the NLCS.