MILWAUKEE Heading into the season's most grueling road trip a 10-game stretch in three cities against three playoff contenders still several games out of the second wild card, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had an ideal finish in mind, a number that he thought would keep Milwaukee in the race.
Roenicke kept that number to himself as he and the Brewers headed to Pittsburgh, where they swept the struggling Pirates. For so long, he had focused his philosophy on winning one game at a time. But he knew the mountain the Brewers faced and what they'd need to do to climb it. He continued to keep the number to himself.
Then, on Friday, as the Brewers returned to Milwaukee a sight for sore eyes for Roenicke and his players they carried with them a 6-4 finish, a number that would normally mark a very successful trip against the kind of competition that Milwaukee faced.
But Roenicke's number had been just a little better than that. They needed better than 6-4, he had reasoned ten days bef...