Brewers take three out of four in St. Louis

St. Louis, M.O. ~   The Milwaukee Brewers are still in first lace in the N.L. Central after about 3 and a half months into the season and are now 2 1/2 games in front of the Chicago Cubs after taking to out of three games at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers played two games on Tuesday and an extra long one on Wednesday with multiple rain delays before finishing off the series on Thursday.

Game 1 of the doubleheader on Tuesday was won by the Cardinals, 6-0. It was on odd game with lots of roster changes. Brandon Woodruff was called up from Triple-AAA Colorado Springs and was set to make his major-league debut and to be the starting pitcher. That didn’t occur though because when Woodruff was warming up before the game he felt his hamstring was tight.  The trainers looked at it and decided that he should not pitch. So then the Brewers sent down Woodruff and called up Brent Suter to make the start for the Brewers. Well, after the iffy outing by Suter the Brewers sent him down to make room on the 25-man roster for Matt Garza, who was making a rehab start.

Suter actually started off with some pretty nice pitching and even collected his first major league hit in the 5th inning.  After the top of the 5th things changed for Brent Suter. He gave up a  one-out homerun to Jose Martinez to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. After that with two outs Chad Huffman hit a triple. Then Matt Carpenter hit an R.B.I. ground rule double before Dexter Fowler singled him home.  That was it for Suter. Jared Hughes came in and got Tommy Pham to ground out and end the inning. The Cardinals ended up winningthe game 6-0.


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Jose Martinez watches his first of his two homers fly out of the ballpark









In the second game of the double header the Brew Crew got things going and snapped a three game losing streak. Jimmy Nelson got the start for Milwaukee and got through 5 and 2/3 innings allowing four earned runs while walking two batters. Marco Gonzalez got the nod for St. Louis, appearing or his first game since 2015. He got through 3 and 1/3 inniings before the Brewers got to him. He allowed five runs, all earned, no walks, two strikeouts, and 5 extra basehits.

It didn’t look like the Brewers were going to do any damage off of Gonzalez after he retired the first six batters he faced. Then came Keon Broxton, who homered to lead off the ininng. It was a long inning for Gonzalez as Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw both hit homeruns and Manny Pina hit a double off the wall before Broxton tripled.

Nelson had three good innings before the sixth when he allowed the Cardinals to tie it up at 5.

In the late innings though Pina hit and R.B.I single followed by a sac fly by Broxton. Milwaukee won the game 8-5.


On Wednesday night the Brewers won 7-6 thanks to Eric Thames big homerun. Matt Garza pitched for the Brewers for 5 inning, notching up his third win of the year.

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Matt Garza


In the final game of the series Milwaukee edged out St.Louis by a score of 6-4.  Eric Thames hit another big homerun for the Brewers, this one in the 9th inning. Keon Broxton also had a huge homerun in the sixth, the second longest homerofthe M.L.B. season so far.



By Jacob Szczap

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