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Bad Defense, Offense, Pitching Doom Brewers In 7-1 Loss To Cardinals, Who Now Lead NLCS 3-2

W: Octavio Dotel (2-0)
L: Zack Greinke (1-1)

HR: None

MVP: Corey Hart (+.107)
LVP: Zack Greinke (-.240)

Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting

Well, that was awful.

Here's a complete list of things the Brewers did well tonight:

  • Ryan Braun doubled in the first inning, extending his record postseason streak to nine straight games reaching base safely in the opening frame.

Yeah, I think that's about it.

Zack Greinke wasn't awful tonight, but he still allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits and failed to complete the sixth inning. He was strongly hindered by three Brewer errors and a couple of other plays that should have been made. Really, poor defense was the game's biggest story: Jerry Hairston Jr., Yuniesky Betancourt, Rickie Weeks and Marco Estrada all made errors, in addition to a key early missed fly ball by Corey Hart.

Hart led the Brewers with three hits tonight, and his single in the fifth inning drove in the Brewers' only run. Jonathan Lucroy, who scored the run, was the only other multi-hit Brewer.

On the bright side, the season won't end tomorrow. But the Brewers will face elimination when this series resumes on Sunday, and it'll become even more likely if Ron Roenicke sticks with his plan to start Shaun Marcum.