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Brewers 4, Cardinals 5: Hope Late But No Win

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At least it was exciting
At least it was exciting

Win: Lance Lynn (14-7)
Loss: Kameron Loe (6-5)

HR: Aoki (8), Holliday (26), Beltran (29)

MVP: Aoki (.347 WPA)
LVP: Loe (-.368 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Chart

Shaun Marcum struggled early in his fourth start back from injury and once again failed to pitch six innings. He gave up a two run home run to Matt Holliday in the first inning after a lead-off single to Jon Jay. He then gave up a solo home run to Carlos Beltran. Marcum wasn't out of the woods in the first inning yet as he allowed a double to Skip Schumaker, who then stole third base. Fortunately, Tony Cruz grounded out to end the inning. Marcum would give up one more run on a couple doubles in the second inning before settling in and giving up just two hits in the next couple of innings.

Corey Hart scored in the second inning on a wild pitch, then scored again in the fourth inning as Jean Segura singled him in. Still, with the Brewers down 4-2 with two outs in the ninth inning, the game looked about over. Jean Segura doubled, but a Logan Schafer groundout made it two outs with Norichika Aoki at bat.

Aoki embodied the resiliency this Brewers team has shown the past few weeks, however, and drove a 2-2 fastball over the right field fence to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

That wouldn't last very long, however, as the Brewers bullpen did what the bullpen does best and gave up the winning run. This time, it was Kameron Loe who allowed a single to Allen Craig, driving in Matt Carpenter. Carpenter had previously singled.

Hart and Aoki each picked up a couple hits while Jean Segura went 3-3 with a walk, a double, and a couple sterling defensive plays.

Unfortunately, there was bad news outside of just losing the game. Both Hart and Ryan Braun left early due to injury, The news on Hart is that it is a mild ankle sprain. However, there is still no word on Braun, who is potentially working on a second MVP season.

The Brewers head back home to face the Atlanta Braves for a three game series. It will be Mike Minor and Wily Peralta facing off Monday with first pitch scheduled for 7:10.