Must. Squeeze. Into. 250.

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 in 10 innings to add a little padding to their division lead.

Shaun Marcum fought his way through 6 innings, leaving on a pop-out at exactly 100 pitches. He got into a run-down situation in the 5th and tweaked a muscle in his leg. He remained in the game for two more innings, and spent time between batters stretching that muscle. He generally represents the “tough as nails” attitude for the Crew, and that was apparent tonight.

The run-down that got Marcum out came in a zero out, bases loaded situation in which the Brewers scored zero runs. Too many missed opportunities, and Milwaukee should be thankful for the win. Ryan Braun went a woeful 0-5 at the plate and had an outfield error, his first of the year, that helped lead to 2 Cardinals’ runs.

The heroes of the game? Takashi Saito, Francisco Rodriguez, LaTroy Hawkins and John Axford all covered a shutout inning for the bullpen. As for the other side of the plate, Corey Hart broke onto the scoreboard first with a 3rd inning homer. Though too many guys were left on base (a problem for the Cardinals too), the Brewers finally made it work out in the 10th. Casey McGehee got his only hit of the game as an RBI double, and Axford got his 33rd save of the year.

The fun continues tomorrow with Randy Wolf taking the mound. Each game between these two might not feature fireworks, but the tension is intensely-thick. Don’t you dare miss it.

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