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Bad Luck Abounds as Brewers Fall to Cardinals 2-0

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W: Chris Carpenter (9-9)
L: Zack Greinke (14-6)

HR: Furcal

MVP: Mark Kotsay (+.046)
LVP: Corey Hart (-.146)

Win Expectancy Graph


 

 

This recap will also be knows as Brewers at Cardinals Episode III: Revenge of the BABIP.

It was a pitchers' duel for the first few innings, with both teams being held scoreless for the first three innings. The Cardinals got on the board first when Lance Berkman scored on a Yadier Molina shallow sac fly. A better throw from Corey Hart might have gotten him. The Cardinals would get their second run on a solo home by, who else, Rafael Furcal. I'm really glad we don't have to see this guy any more this year.

The Brewers had their chances tonight, but just when it looked like they might capitalize of them, Lady Bad Luck got in the way, robbing the Crew of potential runs with several great catches by the Cardinal defense. The Crew's best chance to score was in the sixth inning. With runners on first and third, Prince Fielder hit a fly ball to the gap that probably would have scored both runners. But Jon Jay made a sliding catch to end the inning.

Zack Greinke pitched fairly well. He struggled a little, especially early in the game, giving up plenty of hits. But he settled down as the game went on, keeping the game within reach. He ended up pitching seven innings, but taking the loss.

Things got a little interesting in the ninth inning. After Nyjer Morgan struck out, he had a few choice words for Chris Carpenter as he was walking back towards the dugout. Albert Pujols began jogging toward Morgan almost right after he struck out, which Morgan didn't approve of. Both benches would end up clearing, but Prince Fielder was able to get Morgan out of the way before things got too interesting. Both sides were warned, but Carpenter retired Braun and Fielder after that to end the game.