Win: Smith (5-2)
Loss: Broxton (1-3)
Save: Rodriguez (26)
HR: Herrera (5), Davis 2 (11), Carpenter (17)
The boxscore shows Jimmy Nelson pitching seven innings of eight-hit ball and allowing four earned runs. Which would be a fairly innocuous outing. However, he had been having a great day until a three-run homer from Matt Carpenter in the seventh. Through his first six innings, he'd allowed a run on just five hits while striking out seven batters.
You can't write off the seventh inning, of course, but that's OK. The final numbers aren't going to matter terribly much, but the fact that he had been dominating the Cardinals offense for most of the day is a positive sign, and positive signs are what we're looking for this season.
This time around, four runs wasn't enough to beat the Brewers, though. Not with old friend Jonathan Broxton helping Milwaukee out. The Brewers had been leading until Nelson's latter innings thanks to an Elian Herrera solo homer and Khris Davis two-run shot in the third, but the four St. Louis runs put Milwaukee down 4-3.
In the eighth, the Brewers got Shane Peterson to second with one out, and the Cardinals brought on Broxton. Broxton immediately gave up another two-run homer to Khris Davis. That's Davis's second two-homer game in four days. Jean Segura also had a nice day, going 2-2 with a walk.
Up next: An off day before a series against the Cubs.