Win: Justin Masterson (5-6)
Loss: Kyle Lohse (11-6)
HR: Kolten Wong (7), Jhonny Peralta (15)
The really great thing about having Kyle Lohse in the Brewers' starting rotation is the consistency he brings. Though he won't throw a ton of shutouts or anything, he also never has godawful starts, either. Er...he rarely has godawful starts, anyway.
Unfortunately, that's what happened today. Lohse pitched into the fifth inning somehow, someway. But he ended his night with a line of 4 IP, 9 hits, 3 walks, 9 runs allowed, 7 earned runs. Errors by Gerardo Parra (you're supposed to be good at this one thing, Gerardo!) and Lyle Overbay (you too, Lyle!) didn't help matters, but Lohse just didn't have much of anything today and the Cardinals took advantage.
The Brewers bullpen was able to stop the bleeding after Lohse left the game as Brandon Kintzler, Marco Estrada and tom Gorzelanny combined to shutout St. Louis for four innings.
The relief corps efforts allowed Milwaukee's offense to almost come back. The lineup had already picked up five runs before Lohse's exit, making sure the Brewers were never really out of contention. Then, in the 7th inning, two more runs puled the Brewers within two.
They had a chance to tie it in the ninth inning when Jean Segura led off with a double. But Elian Herrera grounded out after a previous call saying he was hit by a pitch was (rightly) overturned. Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra both then struck out to end the game.
Parra, in his first start with the Brewers, was 0-3 with two strikeouts, though he did walk once. Aramis Ramirez picked up three hits (including a triple!) and an RBI while Ryan Braun drove in two and scored one. Carlos Gomez and Scooter Gennett also had a pair of hits apiece.