Well, that was thorough. Matt Garza and Julio Teheran both basically cruised through six innings. And then the wonderful terrific 7th inning happened. This was the sequence:

Single, run scores.
(Will Smith relieves Matt Garza.)
(Smith ejected for use of a foreign substance. Neal Cotts relieves.)
Single, run scores.
Single, two runs score.
Single, run scores.
Double, run scores.
Man safe on error, run scores.
Fly out.
Ground out.

I’m not certain that the Brewers lost because Will Smith got ejected — he came in with two on and a run in, and promptly plunked the only batter he faced — but the floodgates opened as soon as he left, and for that, Fredi deserves all due praise.

The game ball goes to Cameron Maybin, who had a walk, a single, two RBI, three runs scored, and a pivotal put-out of Gerardo Parra, who was trying to advance to second on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. It limited the damage and helped Teheran get out of the inning with only one run scored.

I think Mac would have loved this season, but one of the things he would have loved best was getting Maybin as a throw-in in the B.J. Upton trade. He’s exactly the kind of guy that Mac loved: a center fielder with speed, power and defense who clearly needed a trade of scenery and who was worth basically nothing to the team that got rid of him. And for us he’s probably been the MVP of the last month.