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Cardinals 4, Brewers 3

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W: Blake Hawksworth (3-0)
L: Trevor Hoffman (1-2)
S: Kyle McClellan (3)

MVP: Prince Fielder (+.177)
LVP: Trevor Hoffman (-.622)

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You may have seen this game before. The Brewers jumped out to an early lead on a Prince Fielder 2-run homer in the first inning and followed up with another run in 2nd before the offense shut down. Corey Patterson led off for the second straight game and struck out all three times up before being lifted for Jason Bourgeois in the seventh. JJ Hardy went 1 for 3 and Mike Rivera was 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI. Corey Hart and Mat Gamel both made appearances after being activated before the game.

Manny Parra only lasted one inning before leaving with neck spasms. Carlos Villanueva relieved him and struck out six over three innings in one of his best performances in recent memory. Todd Coffey allowed the first Cardinals run in the sixth and Dave Weathers was tagged for another run in the seventh. Mark DiFelice and Mitch Stetter also made appearances in those innings. Claudio Vargas worked his magic in the 8th, wriggling out of a leadoff double and bases loaded with one out without allowing a run. Unfortunately, all the batters in the eighth meant Trevor Hoffman had to face the heart of the Cardinals lineup in the 9th and he wasn't up to the task. After getting Brendan Ryan to ground out, he walked Albert Pujols and allowed a home run to Matt Holliday. It was Hoffman's third blown save of the season.