The reason I put the Brewers first here is that I consider any road split a win for the road team. As disappointing as the last game in the series was, the 2-2 result is solid for Milwaukee, although it likely falls under the “too little too late” category.
Game 1: Brewers 4, CARDINALS 1
Randy Wolf actually pitched quite well – 4 K, 1 BB, and a home run to Pujols for the only run. Kottaras continued to show his power with another home run and McGehee also put one in the seats. The Brewers also got a big 1.2 IP appearance from Kameron Loe and a solid 9th out of John Axford.
Game 2: CARDINALS 5, Brewers 0
Chris Narveson didn’t have a bad start – 4 K, 0 BB – but the HR he allowed to Tyler Greene and the other six hits the Cardinals managed to get off of him were just too costly. Jaime Garcia continued his magical rookie year, striking out seven Brewers and only walking two. The Brewers were just overmatched – only Hart managed multiple hits.
Game 3: Brewers 12, CARDINALS 5
Chris Carpenter and the entire Cardinals team just looked terrible on Saturday, at least through the first 5 innings. That turned out to be enough – Manny Parra got roughed up a bit in his last two innings, but the Brewers had tacked 11 runs on Carpenter thanks to solid hitting and defensive miscues. It was probably Parra’s worst start since joining the rotation, but he picked a good time for it.
Game 4: CARDINALS 7, Brewers 1
This was just the worst game of the season. The Brewers had a chance to escape a jam, but Alcides Escobar made two key misplays; Prince Fielder had a terrible play on a ball in the first inning that allowed a run; Brewers hitters couldn’t do anything against Adam Wainwright outside of a Hart homer, and on top of all of that Yovani Gallardo hurt his side.
After the drubbing in the final game, the Brewers will be glad to be back home. They have a series against the Giants and then the Pirates to go into the all-star break.