W: Chris Narveson (3-4)
L: Kyle Lohse (7-3)
HR: Braun (14), Hart (6)
MVP: Chris Narveson (+.332)
LVP: Corey Hart (-.048)
Beating the Cardinals Expectancy Graph
Beating the Cardinals Expectancy GraphI'd like to start this recap with a quote from our own NoahJ:
"This game is immensely satisfying."
And indeed it was. The Brewers put together one of their better all-around wins tonight, beating a hated division rival with a combination of good pitching and clutch hitting.
The game was scoreless for the first two innings until the Crew got in the board first in the third when Craig Counsell triples and scored on a safety squeeze. Jonathan Lucroy would also score in that inning when he scored on a Nyjer Morgan sac fly. The Crew would continue to pack on runs, getting two more in the fifth on Ryan Braun's 14th homer of the year, and two more in the sixth on a Corey Hart solo shot and an RBI double from Rickie Weeks, scoring the Counsell and giving the Brewers a 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Chris Narveson, who has not done much to inspire confidence lately, turned in one of his best starts of the season. He held the Cardinals scoreless over 8 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6. The Cardinals could never really get anything going against the Narv-dog. The best scoring opportunity was in the eighth inning when that had two on with two out, but Narveson was able to strike out Jon Jay to end the threat.
The Crew tacked on two more in the eighth with RBIs from Josh Wilson and Nyjer Morgan. Tim Dillard pitched a scoreless ninth inning to keep the shutout intact and bring the Crew back within a game and a half of the Cardinals for first place.
Offensively, the start of the game was Craig Counsell, who reached base four times, with a triple, double, single, and a walk. He also scored three runs. Nyjer Morgan also had a good game, going 2-3 with 2 RBIs.