The Brewers had not enjoyed this good a day in more than seven years, since they last faced the Mets in a doubleheader.
Dave Bush outdueled former Brewers farmhand R.A. Dickey on the mound and at the plate, too, driving home the only run in the first seven innings of a 3-1 Brewers win on Wednesday night that finished Milwaukee’s twinbill sweep of New York.
In the early game, Yovani Gallardo squandered a six-run lead but the Brewers rallied late for an 8-7 win. Milwaukee had not won both ends of a doubleheader since June 5, 2003 at Shea Stadium, and there were similarities — they beat the Mets, 8-7, in the first game that day and scored a two-run win in the second.
“That’s a long day, especially the way the first one started,” said Ryan Braun, whose two-run double in the second game provided some key insurance runs. “For us to come back is a sign of our resiliency, especially this time of year when we’re obviously not playing for a lot.”
Bush’s final scheduled start of the season was a good one. He pitched six-plus scoreless innings before exiting what may have been his final outing in a Brewers uniform. He’s a free agent after the season. <p/>
He came to the Brewers in the December 2005 trade that opened first base for Prince Fielder and on Wednesday he made his 144th Milwaukee start.
“It was definitely a nice way to end,” Bush said. “It’s been a difficult year, a disappointing year, a long year. There’s a lot of adjectives I could say that are unflattering, as far as the whole year goes. It’s nice to go out on a good note. I’m aware that it may be the last time I pitch in this uniform.” <p/>