Brewers 6, Cardinals 4: WOOOO!

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Boo yah, Cardinals.

Win: Wily Peralta (11-15)
Loss: Joe Kelly (9-5)
Save: Jim Henderson (26)

HR: Carpenter (11)

MVP: Donovan Hand (.187 WPA)
LVP: Jeff Bianchi (-.093 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
Boxscore

Wily Peralta is probably lucky the Cardinals didn't score more than they did against him. Through five innings, he allowed just two hits but walked five batters and struck out just three. Still (through five) he allowed just one run on a Matt Carpenter home run.

In the meantime, the Brewers bats got going early. With one out in the first inning, the Brewers had two runners in scoring position. Aramis Ramirez brought in one of those runners with a sharp hit single. The second run came in on an RBI groundout off the bat of Carlos Gomez.

The Brewers got another two runs in the second inning. With two outs, Martin Maldonado stood on second when a Norichika Aoki double allowed Maldonado to make it home. A throwing error by Cardinals' Joe Kelly on a Scooter Gennett grounder allowed Aoki to score and give the Brewers a 4-0 advantage before Carpenter's homer put St. Louis on the board.

The Cardinals began to come back in the sixth inning with three straight singles to load the bases with no outs against Peralta. That would be enough for Wily as Donovan Hand was brought in in relief. Two sacrifice flies cut the score to 4-3.

Fortunately, the Brewers put another two-spot on the board in the seventh inning. Those runs would prove to be crucial when the Cardinals managed to score one more run in the ninth. Despite some struggles, Jim Henderson was able to record the save and secure the win.

The Brewers can now go into the offseason knowing they at least beat the Cardinals in the final matchup between the two teams in 2013. That's a nice feeling.

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