Coming into tonight’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals had won 17 games in a row. They had also beaten the Brewers 5 times in a row. Milwaukee was keen to end the streak, and they did. Not surprisingly, the Brewers’ pitching was the star of the show as they recorded the MLB leading 19th shutout of the season.
Adrian Houser got the start. While he was not as brilliant as he was in his previous outing against St. Louis where he pitched a complete game shutout, he was still pretty good. By the end of his night, Houser covered 5 innings giving up just 3 hits.
Those 3 hits would be the only hits the Cardinals would get in the game. The Brewers’ bullpen shut St. Louis down. Brent Suter and Brad Boxberger pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings respectively. Aaron Ashby covered the eighth and ninth. While he is still a work in progress, his stuff baffled St. Louis hitters. By the end of his night, he covered his 2 innings, striking out 5 and giving up nothing.
The Brewers did score some runs, and they were able to get on the board early. With one out in the top of the first, Willy Adames singled to right. That was followed by an infield single by Christian Yelich. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch by Cardinals’ starter, Miles Mikolas. Adames scored on a ground ball to first off the bat of Eduardo Escobar.
The game remained 1-0 for sometime. However, in the top of the sixth, the Brewers struck again. With one out in the inning, Christian Yelich punched a single into left field. A little later in the inning, Daniel Vogelbach put one over the right field wall for a a 2-run shot, and his 9th homer of the season.
The fourth and final run of the game came off the bat of the “Pineapple,” Manny Pina. In the top of the seventh, Pina blasted off into Big Mac Land for his 13th of the season. That put the Brewers squarely in control, 4-0.
Milwaukee and St. Louis go at it one more time tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:15 CT. Brett Anderson heads to the mound for Milwaukee. J.A. Haps does the same for the Cardinals. The game will be televised on Bally Sports Wisconsin. It will be broadcast for radio on WTMJ 620 as well as the Brewers Radio Network.