Brewers 6, Cardinals 3: Halton's Big Night

Mike McGinnis

The Brewers use a five-run fourth inning to beat the Cardinals in Miller Park for the first time this season.

Win: Kyle Lohse (9-8)
Loss: Lance Lynn (13-7)
Save: Jim Henderson (19)

HR: Yadier Molina (10)

MVP: Sean Halton (.179 WPA)
LVP: Jean Segura (-.096 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
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Beating the Cardinals at Miller Park has not been an easy task for the Brewers this season.  The Brewers failed in their first five attempts, but finally succeeded Tuesday night behind some clutch hitting from Sean Halton and a five-run fourth inning.

Led by Yadier Molina, the Cardinals did all the scoring early on Tuesday night.  In the second inning, Molina doubled to center field before Matt Adams managed to single through the Brewers shift to score Molina from second for the first run of the game.

Molina was again the catalyst for the Cardinals in the fourth inning.  After a Carlos Beltran single, Molina pulled a home run over the wall in left field to give the Cardinals a three run lead.

After struggling for the first three innings, the Brewers finally broke loose against Lance Lynn and scored five runs in the fourth inning.  Much like the Cardinals in the eighth inning last night, the Brewers were able to score their runs without the help of the home run ball.

Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez started off the inning with back-to-back singles before Khris Davis reached on what was called a fielding error by pitcher Lance Lynn.  With the bases loaded, Scooter Gennett singled to center field to move all the runners up and score Lucroy from first base.

Sean Halton followed Gennett with a single up the middle to score Ramirez and Davis to tie the game at three.  The hit parade continued for the Brewers with a Logan Schafer single to give the Brewers their first lead of the night.  Kyle Lohse moved Halton and Schafer over with a sacrifice bunt and Norichika Aoki scored Halton on a sacrifice fly to left field to score the Brewers fifth run of the inning.

The Brewers added another run in the fifth inning on a few two-out hits.  After a Davis single, Gennett walked to bring up the man of the night Sean Halton.  Halton singled to center field to score Davis from second base and collect his third RBI of the night.

Kyle Lohse wasn't spectacular, but pitched well enough to get the win Tuesday night.  Lohse threw 111 pitches and stuck around for six innings.  In those six innings, he gave up six hits and walked two batters, but also struck out four.  It wasn't great, but it was enough to get his first win against the Cardinals this season.

After Lohse, the Brewers were able to get three scoreless innings from John Axford, Brandon Kintzler, and Jim Henderson.  Each pitcher had a runner advance to second base, but ultimately each was able to escape trouble and guide the Brewers to a 6-3 victory.

The Brewers will finish up their series with the Cardinals tomorrow afternoon at Miller Park.  Tom Gorzelanny will take the mound for the Brewers and look to rebound from a rough outing against the Reds in his last start.  Gorzelanny will face Jake Westbrook, who has struggled mightily as of late with an ERA over 10 in his last four starts.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.
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