The Milwaukee Brewers find themselves top of the pile in the NL Central after Friday night, but it remains a very tight divisional race after a narrow 7-6 win in extra innings over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Central contains a race that sees all five of its teams within four games of one another at the moment, meaning every win is massive at this stage. And the Brew Crew had nearly thrown one away the day after Independence Day.
Going into the bottom of the ninth, they had a five run lead to hang on to, but it all came apart, with the Bucs pushing a run across with a sac fly and hitting two home runs to send it to the tenth. But from there, the clutch Brewers showed up as Lorenzo Cain singled to drive in an RBI that ultimately, finally, sent them to a win.
They now lead the Central by 0.5 game of the Chicago Cubs, yet they still have a tenuous four game haul over the plucky Pirates.