Brewers blown out 8-0 by Cardinals, tie worst start in franchise history

Jeff Curry

The Brewers are perfectly capable of beating themselves right now, but Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals saved them the trouble.

W: Adam Wainwright (2-1)
L: Yovani Gallardo (0-1)

HR: None

MVP: Jean Segura (+.012)
LVP: Yovani Gallardo (-.103)

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The 2002 Milwaukee Brewers opened the season with a win, then lost eight of their next nine to start 2-8. That team lost 106 games, and today the 2013 Brewers matched them for the worst 10-game start in franchise history.

Yovani Gallardo was cruising through five innings today but the wheels came off in the sixth, leading to another ugly stat line for him. Gallardo allowed five runs on seven hits over 5.1 frames, walking none and striking out three. He and two relievers combined to allow seven runs in the sixth as the Cardinals batted around.

Eight runs were much more than Adam Wainwright needed, as he dominated the Brewer batters today. He pitched a complete game shutout and allowed just four hits, walking none and striking out 12. Cardinal pitchers have now thrown 32 consecutive scoreless innings, and the Brewers haven't plated a run since the second inning on Tuesday. Adding insult to injury, Wainwright also had three hits today and drove in two runs.

Here's a nice example of how bad things have been going lately: Rickie Weeks doubled in the seventh inning and was the first Brewer cleanup hitter to get a hit since Aramis Ramirez, who has already been on the DL for eight days.

In a rare positive note, when the game got out of hand it gave Ron Roenicke a chance to give some work to John Axford, who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh in his first scoreless outing of 2013. Mike Fiers followed him to the mound and pitched a scoreless eighth on just six pitches.

The Brewers will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow at 1:15 when Marco Estrada takes on Jaime Garcia.

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