I just wanted to put that out there right away because it’s the truth that the third place team in the AL East just beat the first place team in the same division three straight games.
And in Toronto, too.
“It’s been a great second half, not only for me but for the whole team,” Juan Nieves told the Milwaukee Sentinel. “Everybody has contributed.
“It’ll be nice to go home feeling really good. I really wanted to win my last game.”
Nieves was incredible against the Jays. Crew skipper Tom Trebelhorn said so.
“He had better stuff than his no-hitter,” Treb told the Sentinel. “He had better location with his fastball and a better breaking ball. They didn’t hit too many balls hard.
“If we can ever get him totally squared away, we’ll have an excellent pitcher.
With the win, the Crew is 21 games over .500 and has 90 wins. Not bad for a team that lost 18 of 20 in May. The Crew is now 20 games over .500 and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees for third place.
“It’s always gratifying to beat a good ballclub,” Treb told the Sentinel. “We want to finish third. The Yankees are right behind us, so we need to keep winning.”
And the Jays are happy to be rid of the Crew.
“Milwaukee had our number all year,” Toronto outfielder Jesse Barfield told the Sentinel. “Good riddance, Milwaukee. Hello, Detroit. Let’s go for it.”
The Jays face the Tigers, who trail Toronto by 1 1/2 games, for a three-game series to determine the winner of the AL East.