10:41p The good news is the Brewers are still in first by four games. The bad news is we could have been in first by six games with a win tonight, which didn’t happen.
The Brewers lost to the Cardinals today, 5-2, which snapped a seven-game winning streak that the Brewers had going. Yovani Gallardo got roughed up by the Cards, going just five innings while giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three. And he wasn’t helped by the defense, which committed two costly errors, and an offense that couldn’t do anything to Chris Carpenter beyond the first inning. An RBI double by Mark Kotsay and an RBI single by Prince Fielder in the first were all the Brewers could muster for the entire game.
After Gallardo was given that early lead, he immediately gave it right back in the bottom of the first when he gave up solo homers to Rafael Furcal and Albert Pujols.
The unearned run came in the third when Lance Berkman hit an RBI single, following an error by second baseman Felipe Lopez. Gallardo allowed his last two runs in the fifth on a Pujols RBI single. Pujols eventually got around to third, and scored on a wild pitch by Gallardo. From there, nothing else really happened offensively.
Pujols gets it going against Crew
Coming into today, Brewers pitching had done a good job of containing Pujols all year, as he was hitting just .119 against the Brewers. Apparently Gallardo didn’t get the memo, however, as he allowed Pujols to get three hits off of him. And they weren’t cheap hits- they were all line drives that were hammered.
Pujols also tacked on another later to give him a pefect 4-for-4 night. He is now hitting .196 against the Crew this year. Obviously, that’s still an awful average, but he’s improving. Hopefully that doesn’t become a trend for the rest of the year.
De La Cruz makes Brewers debut
Frankie De La Cruz, who was called up to replace injured starter Chris Narveson on the roster, made his Brewers debut today in the seventh inning. In my opinion, he looked pretty good. His fastball velocity reached 95 MPH, and his slider had some pretty nasty break.
But, he won’t be starting tomorrow. Or at all, at least in the near future. Zack Greinke was bumped up in the rotation to start tomorrow and will be starting on normal day’s rest due to an off-day before this series. Ron Roenicke said that Marco Estrada will be starting Saturday, but I don’t know how much I like the sound of that. Estrada was decent earlier this year while filling in for Greinke, but he’s been awful as of late. He has a 4.80 ERA as a starter and in the ‘pen.
Gallardo’s struggles against Cards continue
Gallardo hadn’t had a very good time against the Cardinals in his career coming into today, as he had a 1-4 record with a 4.66 ERA. That one win was his no-hit bid earlier this year against them in St. Louis, but, his start today proved that it was a fluke.
I’d also like to point out that those two homers Gallardo gave up in the first inning were his 17th and 18th of the year. He gave up just 12 all year last year. I don’t know what’s up with him this year as far as giving up home runs, but he’s just never really found a groove with his breaking stuff this year and hangs a lot of pitches.
Up next for the Crew…
The Brewers will return to Miller Park to face the Pirates tomorrow. Yes, the Pirates. The Brewers are 5-0 against them this season, and, since the beginning of 2007, they are 33-3 against the Pirates at Miller Park.
As I mentioned earlier, Greinke (10-4, 4.21 ERA) got bumped up in the rotation and will make a start tomorrow. He is 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA against the Pirates in his career. He made one start against them earlier this year, during which he gave up five runs in five innings. It was one of his more odd starts, however, because he was no-hitting the Pirates through the first four innings, then imploded after with a five-run fifth inning, in which he had to throw 50 pitches.
Paul Maholm (6-12, 3.54 ERA) will go for the Bucs. He’s having a better year than his record shows, but he, like so many other Pirates pitchers, has had no success against the Brewers in his career. He’s 3-7 with a 4.41 ERA against them.
|St. Louis Cardinals||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||X||5||9||0|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.277|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.323|
|Mark Kotsay, LF||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.258|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.303|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.235|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||3||0||0||1||1||.270|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.216|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.282|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||1||0||0||0||1||1||2||.231|
|a-Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.154|
|b-George Kottaras, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
a-Singled for Loe in the 7th.
b-Popped out for Dillard in the 9th.
2B: Kotsay (8).
RBI: Kotsay (22), Fielder (88).
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.
E: Lopez (4), Hart (1).
|Yovani Gallardo (L, 13-8)||5.0||7||5||4||1||3||2||3.67|
|Frankie De La Cruz||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
Pitches-strikes: Gallardo 92-56, Loe 12-7, De La Cruz 12-8, Dillard 15-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gallardo 6-4, Loe 0-1, De La Cruz 2-0, Dillard 3-0.
Batters faced: Gallardo 23, Loe 4, De La Cruz 4, Dillard 4.