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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

LOST THAT GAME EARLIER IN THE WEEK

BREWERS SUNDAY, BAD

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The Brewers did not lose that game in the latter innings of play at Miller Park Sunday. They actually lost it earlier in the week.

We've got 50 games left. At best, we're going to lose 20 of them. So I'm not going to get all bent out of shape that the Brewers lost yesterday.

Well, I am, but not because they lost... but rather how they lost. This game, as the other big leads the Crew blew this past week, has the potential to carry over, in fact it already has.

I contend the Brewers didn't lose that game yesterday, but lost it earlier in the week when they twice choked away big leads. It sent a message to teams that no matter how far down you are against the Brewers, and no matter who's pitching or how good they seem to be throwing... you are never out of the game.

Having lost 2 straight, and down 5 runs in the ninth, the Phillies should have had one leg on the plane already yesterday. Down 3 runs with 2 out in the ninth, they should have quit. Don't tell me pros don't know when the game is up, and guys start looking ahead.

They're about to get swept. It's a long flight home. Monday is a day off. Guys are thinking about their families, or their girlfriends, or their "dates" or whomever. They're doing the math... how long 'till we're home? What am I going to do tomorrow with the day off? What are they going to serve to eat on the plane? They're really not thinking we're coming back 3 runs down with two outs and the bases empty.

Well... they're not unless they're playing the Brewers. No lead is safe. No pitcher is unhittable. No game, unwinnable. That's what kills me about Sunday's loss.

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

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