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What We Learned: Brewers get two comeback wins against Cardinals

Though the Brewers are out of the playoff race, they were still able to play the role of spoiler over the weekend and put a dent in the Cardinals NL Central lead with two late wins. We discuss that and more in today's What We Learned.

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This Weekend's Results

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3 (Box Score)

The Brewers ended up facing the Cardinals bullpen for almost the entire game after Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez left after two batters with a shoulder injury. The Cardinals struck first on a Matt Carpenter single, but the Brewers tied in on a wild pitch by Tyler Lyons, scoring Logan Schafer. The Cardinals retook the lead with two runs in the fourth, but a Jonathan Lucroy pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth and a fielding error by Cardinals second baseman Greg Garcia in the seventh allowed the Brewers to tie the game. Then, in the ninth, Khris Davis hit a solo home run off of Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to put the Brewers up by one, and Francisco Rodriguez closed it out for the win.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 1 (Box Score)

The majors haven't been kind to Tyler Wagner in his first two starts, but it's not completely unexpected, considering he is coming up from Double-A. He allowed five runs in four innings, allowing six hits and four walks with no strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Brewers couldn't get to Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, who allowed only one run in eight innings. Jonathan Lucroy, making his first start in over two weeks, went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 4 (Box Score)

It looked like Sunday would be a repeat of Saturday's game. John Lackey pitched seven strong innings for the Cardinals, allowing just one run. Meanwhile, the Brewers used five pitchers in the first eight innings, allowing a total of three runs. With the Brewers trailing 3-1 in the ninth and facing Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal, the Brewers chances were bleak. However, they started the inning with a Shane Peterson single, a Martin Maldonado hit by pitch, and a Jonathan Lucroy walk to load the bases. Jason Rogers followed them with a grand slam to give the Brewers a 5-3 lead. The Brewers weren't done there, though. After Trevor Rosenthal was replaced, the Brewers got two more baserunners with Logan Schafer and Adam Lind, and Khris Davis followed them with a three-run home run to increase the lead to 8-3. Will Smith came in to pitch the ninth, but the Cardinals got a run with two hits and a fielding error. Francisco Rodriguez came in, threw two pitches and got the save for the Brewers.

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NL Central Update
Team W L
Cardinals 98 58
Pirates 95 61
Cubs 90 65
Brewers 66 90
Reds 63 92
  • Pirates @ Cubs
    Friday: Pirates 3, Cubs 2
    Saturday: Pirates 4, Cubs 0
    Sunday: Cubs 4, Pirates 0
  • Mets @ Reds
    Friday: Mets 12, Reds 5
    Saturday: Mets 10, Reds 2
    Sunday: Mets 8, Reds 1

Today's Division Games

  • Reds (Brandon Finnegan) @ Nationals (Max Scherzer) - 2:05 pm
  • Cardinals (Lance Lynn) @ Pirates (J.A. Happ) - 6:05 pm
  • Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) - 7:05 pm
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The Brewers have their final off-day of the season before their final road series begins tomorrow in San Diego.