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Brewers 6, Cardinals 7: The anti-Pittsburgh

And there is still another game against the Cardinals in this series.


Win: Seth Maness (1-0)
Lose: Jim Henderson (2-1)
Save: Edward Mujica (8)

HR: Segura (4), Gomez (6), Jay (3), Craig (1), Descalso (1)

MVP: Norichika Aoki (.303 WPA)
LVP: Yuniesky Betancourt (-.302)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

Why don't you be more like the Pirates, St. Louis? Learn from their example. Stop beating the Brewers all the time, especially at Miller Park.

And stop beating up on Yovani Gallardo, too. He has enough problems already this season. At least Gallardo was better than normal against the Cardinals. He only gave up four runs in six innings, all of which came on two home runs. He didn't walk any which is nice, but still had a low strikeout total, sitting down just four redbirds.

The Brewers took a two-run lead in the first inning thanks to a Mean Jean Segura two-run homer. That lead was lost in the top of the second, however, as Jay one-upped Segura with a three run shot. The Cardinals tacked on another in the sixth as Allen Craig hit his first long ball of the year, but the Brewers took three of their own that inning on a Carlos Gomez solo shot and a two-run single for Jonathan Lucroy. After the sixth, the Brewers held a 5-4 lead.

Then the bullpen came in and, as the Brewers' bullpen is wont to do, blew the game. Tom Gorzelanny gave up a two-run homer to Daniel Descalso, of all people. The Brewers got another run in the eighth to tie the game as Jeff Bianchi scored off a Norichika Aoki bunt, but Carlos Gomez fielding troubles cost the Brewers the game in the ninth as Jim Henderson gave up a run.

The Brewers didn't get anything going in the bottom of the ninth against Edward Mujica.

The Brewers are back under .500 and still have to play one more against the Cardinals in this series. Marco Estrada gets to go up against Jaime Garcia tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 CT.