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The Cardinals send the Brewers to their ninth straight loss

Sep 5, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

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The Cardinals sent the Brewers to their ninth straight loss with a 3-2 victory this evening at Miller Park. They have now won six in a row and own a four-game lead over Milwaukee in the National League Central.

The Cardinals got on the board first with a two-run single from Yadier Molina against Wily Peralta in the first inning. Kolten Wong added an RBI single in the third, which stood up as the difference in the ballgame. Making his first start since June 17, Michael Wacha allowed one run over three innings before giving way to the bullpen. Marco Gonzales allowed a solo homer to Rickie Weeks in his 2 1/3 innings of work before Seth Maness, Carlos Martinez, Pat Neshek, and Trevor Rosenthal finished off the victory.

The Brewers left 11 men on base in this one, so they had their share of chances, but the Cardinals held firm thanks to some excellent outfield defense. Jon Jay made a pair of excellent catches to rob Khris Davis of run-scoring hits. Peter Bourjos later added an impressive running catch on a long fly ball off the bat of Jordan Schafer in the eighth inning. It’s worth noting that the fly ball from Schafer came after a failed bunt attempt from Martin Maldonado with two on and nobody out, which would have moved a runner over to third base. It was that kind of night for the Brewers.

As Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes, the Brewers led the National League Central by 1 1/2 games before the start of their losing streak. They now find themselves tied with the Braves for the second Wild Card spot.

The Brewers and Cardinals will play three more games this weekend. Mike Fiers will try to stop the slide for Milwaukee tomorrow night while St. Louis will counter with John Lackey.

  1. perryt200 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    What is the big surprise here? Didn’t all six bloggers pick StL to win the Central?

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      early on i picked the Brewers to stumble…

      i have honestly been surprised that for so long they had been consistently 10 to 15 games above .500

      i began to think it was their year…

      but alas they they only led to the 3/4 quarter pole and now they’re fading…

      oh well, I’m a Cubs fan anyway… would have been nice to not have the Cards win the division though.

  2. chrisernst82 - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Its been a good week for us Cardinal fans!

  3. cardslifer - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Cardinals heat up at the right time again.

    But as a Cardinals fan, it just doesn’t seem like this years team has the fortitude and/or the talent to compete deep in to NL playoffs.

    Sure hope they prove me wrong, but it just doesn’t feel the same.

    • cohnjusack - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Well….

      2000 Cardinals – 95 wins, tied for 2nd most wins, lost NLCS
      2001 Cardinals – 93 wins, tied for league lead in wins, lost NLDS
      2002 Cardinals – 97 wins, lost NLCS
      2004 Cardinals – 105 wins, lost WS
      2005 Cardinals – 100 wins, lost NLCS
      2013 Cardinals – 97 wins, lost WS

      2006 Cardinals – 83 Wins, WS Champions
      2011 Cardinals – 90 Wins, got into postseason by skin of their teeth. WS Champions

      The playoffs can be a crapshoot. Arguably the two worst Cardinals teams to make the postseason since 2000 are the two who won titles.

      • beepbeepbeeplgb - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        that 04 team was sooooo good. too bad we ran into the red hot, not going to be stopped red sox. such a disappointing end to a great season. the only good thing i remember about that series is san andreas came out HA.

      • cohnjusack - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        2004:

        Jim Edmonds: 42 HR, .301/.418/.643
        Scott Rolen: 34 HR, .314/.409/.598

        2004 WS:

        Combined 1 for 30.

        …and that one hit was a bunt single.

      • moogro - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Thanks, Cohn. I forgot what a draught that was in the WS.

  4. mungman69 - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    Poor Brewers, they lead for 5 months and now this. They are not out of it, [{"YET"}].

    • stevequinn - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      The Brewers are 5 games under .500 since April. heir “hot” start carried them for 4 months.

      • Paper Lions - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        True to some degree, but that also means they were 4 games over .500 between April and their current losing streak.

  5. swmocardsfan - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Speaking as a Cardinals fan, Milwaukee is too talented to think they are going to just roll over and die over the last 3 weeks of the regular season. I am not celebrating anything yet. Yes, the Birds appear to be heating up at the right time, but this is long from over.

  6. rgw1968gibson112 - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Cards have won 6 in a row, but the Brewers/Pirates/Reds have lost a combined 16 in a row. With just these three and the Rockies/Dbacks/Cubs left on the schedule, it’s looking good for Redbird fans. 37-23 in the division so far. A fresh Molina after 7 weeks on DL and Wacha’s return should be a huge plus.

  7. beloits08 - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Logan Schafer, not Jordan…

  8. ilikethiskindaparty - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    There’s no way the Cardinals can mess this up. No chance. Congrats on the division title STL.

  9. jimmyt - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Just that pesky Cardinal Way thing kicking in.

  10. phillysports1 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen went GHOST In that 2004 WS.

  11. phillysports1 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Brewers need to mess around with their lineup. I know it’s been carrying them all year but Ron has to try something new just to give them a little spark’ Moves some guys there and there switch it up a bit.

    • cincinata - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      The problem is injuries. With their best player out indefinitely, it will be hard. Others have to start to play better and hitting included (without Gonz). And it seems that Peralta is running out of steam. We saw him in Cinti and did not look as tough as in the first half.

  12. cincinata - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Regardless of all the talk, as I stated yesterday, IF Wacha does well tonight, it could save the season for the birds. Well, this is reason to worry for the Brewers and the Pirates. It ain’t over yet, but the birds have a good chance to claim the central. Forgetabout the Reds they are DEAD!

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