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Game Thread #158: Milwaukee Brewers (90-67) @ St. Louis Cardinals (87-70)

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C’mon Pirates! Oh, and Brewers!

Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers
You go Gio
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With just five regular season games remaining, the Milwaukee Brewers (90-67) have opened up a three game edge for the top Wild Card spot on the St. Louis Cardinals (87-70) as they get set for game two of their three game series. The Crew also leads the Rockies by 3.5 games and their magic number over either team is down to three. A win tonight will make things very difficult for the Cards to catch the Brewers, and it’s important because the Rockies seem heck-bent on not losing any more.

PLUS, Milwaukee is only 1.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central division lead. That is a worthy goal, for various and sundry reasons. Brewer fans are Pirate fans for the next two days, and as they whupped up on Milwaukee for much of the season it is only fair that they do the same to the Northside Nine.

No need for an opener tonight, as lefty Gio Gonzalez goes for Milwaukee. Gio is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA as a Brewer. Austin Gomber starts for St. Louis, and he’s a proven winner (6-1) with a 3.53 ERA. Gomber is a lefty, too! Coincidence? I think not.

Milwaukee Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals

1. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B

2. Jose Martinez (R) RF

3. Paul DeJong (R) SS

4. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF

5. Jedd Gyorko (R) 3B

6. Yadier Molina (R) C

7. Harrison Bader (R) CF

8. Kolten Wong (L) 2B

9. Austin Gomber (L) P