Another night, another night of great starting pitching for the Brewers. Marco Estrada carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and actually lost the bid on ball that caromed of his own leg.
Estrada attacked the Cardinals order with fastballs and they managed just two walks and two hits off him in 6.2 before he left the game. Unfortunately for Marco, Brandon Kintzler gave up a hit to Daniel Descalso to allow an inherited runner to score, so it's a no-decision for Estrada.
The Brewers defense performed spectacularly behind Estrada to keep his no-hit bid going as long as it did.
The Brewers lone run was likely courtesy of the Cardinals needing to play backup catcher Tony Cruz. Carlos Gomez came home on a throwing error by Cruz after Gomez and Scooter Gennett pulled off a double steal. (It was Gennett's first stolen base).
Adam McCalvy officially enacted #FreeSeanHalton tonight when Ron Roenicke pinch hit for Juan Francisco with Yuni Betancourt. Yuni played two outs at first base in the seventh before Sean Halton was brought in as a defensive substitution.
The tie lasted into the 8th when Brandon Kintzler loaded the bases. Michael Gonzalez, you'll be shocked to learn, let all those inherited runners score. (He's inherited 38 runners this season -18 of them have scored.) After eight complete it was 5-1 Cardinals.
To put the cherry on the game, the Brewers faced John Axford in the top of the ninth. He struck out Aramis Ramirez and got Carlos Gomez to ground out before giving up a hit to Scooter Gennett. He then struck out Caleb Gindl to close out the game.
The lone bright spot after Estrada had to be Scooter Gennett, who was 2-for-3 at the plate and made a couple of nice defensive plays to help Estrada's bid early on.