Let's just go ahead and focus on the debut of Wei-Chung Wang and pretend the rest of the game didn't happen. Wang, who collected his first paycheck before he appeared in a game also had to watch Rob Wooten, who didn't make the team out of Spring Training, pitch an inning before he finally got a chance to take the mound.
He gave up a single, but hit 93 mph with his fastball and showcased a pretty 83 mph change against Tony Cruz. The change was the only one of his 13 pitches that wasn't a 4-seam fastball, according to Gameday.
As we all dreaded, the Cardinals brought an end to the win streak. John Jay's three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning was the dagger. It was the first time a Brewers starter had allowed three or more earned runs since mid-September. That streak had reached 26 games. Jay's homer marked the first time Milwaukee had been down by more than one since the top of the sixth in the second game of the season.
Lest you thought the feeling of doom when facing the Cardinals was somehow exaggerated, since the 2011 NLCS, the Brewers have lost 24 of 35 games to the Cardinals, who have outscored them 190-119. So no, the gloom and hatred is not an over-reaction.
Aside from Wang, the long highlight of the game was Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy teamed up for a pretty great relay in the top of the sixth to gun down Matt Holliday at home plate - watch the video here.