A couple notes to the Brewers after this game: skip Yovani Gallardo in the rotation when we face the Cardinals. Second: start Taylor Green in place of Casey McGehee at third more often.
The Brewers spoiled a possible ninth inning rally today against the Cardinals, and ended up losing, 4-2. I expected Gallardo to be bad against the Cards yet again- it was his seventh career loss against them- but I didn’t expect Kyle Lohse to shut out the Brewers for six innings. Anyway, this loss lowers the Brewers division lead to 9.5, which, luckily, isn’t too big of a dent in that lead.
Gallardo didn’t have as bad of a start as he usually does against the Cardinals, but it was good enough to lose, nonetheless. He went six innings while giving up three runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out five, but Gallardo gave up two more home runs against the Cards, ballooning his total of homers allowed to 24 on the year. That’s already twice the number of home runs he gave up in 2010. But here’s another scary stat about Gallardo- he’s given up six home runs over his lasat seven innings against the Cardinals. As I said earlier, two of those came tonight, both in the third inning- a solo shot to Jon Jay, and a solo shot to Matt Holliday.
But Lohse was uncharacteristically good against the Brewers, and picked up his first win against the Crew as a Cardinal. He went six shutout innings while giving up four hits. He walked three and struck out six.
The Brewers offense was pretty non-existent, but Jonathan Lucroy hit a RBI double in the eighth inning, thanks to an awful misplay by the center fielder Jay. That followed another hit by Taylor Green, who is now 7-for-13 (.538) in the Majors.
But Green should be getting more starts in place of McGehee. McGehee just so happened to ground into a game-ending double play to kill a ninth inning rally the Brewers had going (which had already included a Prince Fielder RBI single). McGehee also went 0-for-4 and left five men on base today. I don’t know what’s going on with the 2010 team leader in RBIs, but I can already see one issue- bat speed. He’s fouling off pitches that he would have normally taken to the opposite field last year. And then there’s his batting stance, which looks slightly more sluggish than it was last year.
Anyway, with that awful game aside, let me say that the Brewers made on more call-up- probably their last, according to Ron Roenicke- in reliever Tim Dillard. This will be Dillard’s third stint with the Crew this year, and he had a 4.81 ERA in both stints combined before this one.
The Brewers will play a rubber match against the Cards tomorrow at 7:15 PM CT. Zack Greinke (14-5, 4.00 ERA) will go for the Brewers, and he’s coming off a solid start against the Astros. Greinke is 5-2 with a 3.95 ERA in his career against the Cards.
The Cardinals will counter with Chris Carpenter (8-9, 3.92 ERA). Carpenter has struggled against the Brewers in his career, going 5-5 with a 5.18 ERA against them, but does have a win against the Crew this year.