S: Fernando Salas (3)
Happy Mother’s Day!
The Brewers offense went back into hiding today as Milwaukee fell to the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1. Relief-pitcher-turned-starter Kyle McClellan held the Crew to just four hits and three walks over eight innings to pick up his fifth win of the season. The loss was the eighth in a ten game road trip for Milwaukee.
After breaking out with four runs yesterday, the Brewers seemed poised to get on the board early against McClellan with a little pink bat power. Milwaukee loaded the bases in the first inning and Carlos Gomez hit a one-out double in the second inning but no runs crossed the plate.
Chris Narveson matched McClellan through four innings but gave up a two-out, two-run double to Colby Rasmus in the fifth. The Cardinals added an unearned run in the sixth inning when a Casey McGehee miscue led to a two-base error to start the inning. The run would score after a sacrifice bunt by Yadier Molina and a sacrifice fly by Nick Punto.
The Brewers only run came in the ninth inning on a single by Craig Counsell. Prince Fielder led off the inning with a single and McGehee followed with a walk. After Yuniesky Betancourt and Jonathan Lucroy recorded outs, Gomez walked to load the bases. Counsell came in to hit for the pitcher and delivered one of the more epic at-bats of the season. He fought through a 13-pitch at-bat before delivering an in-field single. For a brief moment, it seemed that the Brewers might rally. And then Rickie Weeks waved at three Fernando Salas pitches and the rally—and the game—was over.
Milwaukee will try to find its offense at Miller Park on Monday as it begins a three-game set against the Padres. Hopefully it is hiding in Bernie’s mustache.