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Roenicke: Unexpected Brewers helping team play role in NL pennant race

Ron Roenicke. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Roenicke: Unexpected Brewers helping team play role in NL pennant race

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Aug 27, 2013

No, the Milwaukee Brewers aren't contending for a spot in the National League Playoffs.

But some young and/or unexpected Brewers just happen to be playing well and helping their team get some wins against some playoff contenders.

"We're enjoying playing better baseball," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

The Brewers defeated the NL wildcard-contending Cincinnati Reds in a three-game series on the road, and now get the chance to do the same with a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates startnig tonight.

"It's always nice when you're playing in your division and you can win some games. To be able to go down into late August and come into September and being able to make a difference should be able to keep guys interested in more than just playing well, but also in trying to beat some of these teams trying to get to the playoffs."

The Brewers were not expecting to have to get new contributions from young players at left field and second base, the normal residences of Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks.

However, suspension and injury have respectively ended their seasons, and Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis have more than admirably filled the gaps.

Gennett is hitting .317 with 5 home runs and 14 RBI in 37 games.

Over 40 games, Davis has produced a .333 batting average with 8 HR and 18 RBI.

"I'm enjoying what they're doing," said Roenicke.  "They're playing good defense.  Their bats are really good, and not just getting the hits, but the type of at bats they're having.  Hopefully they can continue, and we'll have some tough decisions next year if they keep playing like this."