Brewer pitchers great, hitters terrible in 2-0 loss to Cardinals

Dilip Vishwanat

Half of tonight's game wasn't half bad.

W: Shelby Miller (2-0)
L: Kyle Lohse (0-1)
S: Mitchell Boggs (2)

HR: Yadier Molina (2)

MVP: Kyle Lohse (+.083 WPA)
LVP: Ryan Braun (-.187)

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Let's start with the good news: Kyle Lohse continued his hot start as a Brewer tonight, posting his second straight quality start. He held the Cardinals to two runs on just six hits over seven innings, joining Marco Estrada as the only Brewers to record 21 outs in a game this season. Tom Gorzelanny also pitched a scoreless eighth.

Unfortunately, none of that mattered because Shelby Miller and company nearly no-hit the Crew. Norichika Aoki led off the first inning with a single against the 22-year-old Miller, but the only other baserunner he allowed over seven innings was an Alex Gonzalez HBP. Gonzalez, by the way, was hit on the hand and left the game.

The Brewers mounted a late rally in the ninth with a walk and a single (their first since the first inning), but Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks struck out to end the game.

This is the sixth time in Brewer history the team has opened 2-7, and the first since 2003. Their only 2-8 start came in 2002, when they finished 56-106.

They'll get a chance to avoid repeating that mark tomorrow at 3:15 when these two teams meet again. Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to start against Adam Wainwright.

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