The game started favorably enough for the Brewers, with a first inning solo homer from Eric Thames. That one run was enough up until the sixth inning when Oliver Drake would give up a bases-loaded walk to drive in the game-tying run.
The score sat at 1-1 until the 9th inning, when Domingo Santana drove in Thames to take the lead back. Then, the bullpen would come back out to blow the lead. Taylor Williams gave up a walk and a sacrifice bunt before being replaced by Jacob Barnes with one out. Barnes would then throw a wild pitch, allowing the runner to advance to third and another wild pitch to allow him to score.
The Brewers would keep the score at 2-all and head into extras, where Orlando Arcia did it again. With a runner on second and two outs, the young shortstop drove in the go-ahead run. If the Brewers had held on to win, it would have been his fourth game-winning RBI of the season. Instead, JJ Hoover came onto pitch and allowed yet another Cardinal run.
After the Brewers were unable to score in the 11th, Hoover would return to the mound. He gave up an infield hit to Paul DeJong before serving a meatball that Matt Carpenter crushed for a walk-off two-run homer.
One of the positives for Milwaukee was Brent Suter’s start. The soft-tossing lefty went 5.1 innings and only gave up a run, with four hits and a walk. In an odd turn of events, it was the bullpen that would falter with three blown saves.
The bad, above and beyond the loss: another injury. Manny Piña would end up leaving the game due to calf tightness. There’s no word on how serious the injury is yet.
The Brewers will close out their series with the Cardinals tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. on Facebook Live. Junior Guerra is making his return to the majors after a dominant start with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He’ll face Adam Wainwright who is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA.
WP: Leone (1-2, 6.35 ERA), LP: Hoover (0-1, 20.25 ERA)
HR: Thames (4), Carpenter (2)