To say this series with the St. Louis Cardinals is a big deal for Milwaukee is very much an understatement. It was not that long ago that the Brew Crew was deemed to be on their last legs for 2019 by many. After winning seven straight and winning 12 out of 15, the Brewers have pulled even in the second wild card spot with the Chicago Cubs and just four games out of the NL Central lead currently held by the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, Milwaukee would lose ground to both the Cubs and the Cards by the end of this night.
Adrian Houser took the mound this evening against Adam Wainwright. Houser struggled with command for much of his very short outing. Before facing Paul Goldschmidt with the bases loaded in the third inning, he had walked three St. Louis Cardinals. Command is more than just walking hitters however. He was missing spots much of the night. In the third, it caught up with him.
Houser’s troubles started by giving up a double to Adam Wainwright. Dexter Fowler followed by earning his second walk of the game. Kolten Wong put down a bunt that he was able to beat out, and all of a sudden, the bases were loaded with one out. As quickly as the bases were loaded, they emptied again as Paul Goldschmidt cleared them with his 30th home run of the season. The Brewers were down early, 4-0.
Goldschmidt grand slam into the Brewers' bullpen. 4-0 Cardinals on a rally that began with an Adam Wainwright double.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 14, 2019
Houser would only go three innings. Devin Williams replaced him in the fourth, pitching a scoreless inning. Jake Faria came in for the fifth and did fine in that inning. He came back out in the sixth and things went south.
Yadier Molina led off the inning with a walk. Tommy Edman followed with a double to right sending Molina to third. Faria loaded the bases by hitting Harrison Bader. Matt Carpenter pinch hit for Wainwright, and he hit a sacrifice fly to score Molina. Edman advanced to third as well. Harrison Bader stole second to keep the pressure on the Brewers’ pitching. Faria loaded the bases again by walking Dexter Fowler for the third time in the game. That ended the night for Faria.
Yet the inning went on. Jimmy Nelson came in for Faria, and Tyrone Taylor replaced Lorenzo Cain. Kolten Wong singled off Nelson to score Bader. Then Goldschmidt took Nelson deep for a three run shot, and the rout was on, 10-0.
Well, it's gotten truly ugly for #Brewers in the sixth. Cardinals have six runs across in the sixth. Jimmy Nelson has faced two batters, with Kolten Wong singling in two runs and Paul Goldschmidt ripping three-run HR. That's two homers and seven RBI for Goldschmidt, a career high— Tom (@Haudricourt) September 14, 2019
Tonight’s outcome ends the Brewers’ win streak at seven. Milwaukee will look to regroup against a Cardinals team playing the best baseball in the National League. Jordan Lyles takes the hill for Milwaukee. The Cardinals will start Jack Flaherty. Game time is scheduled for 6:15 CT. The game can be heard on WTMJ, and it can be seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin as well as the MLB Network.