The Milwaukee Brewers saw their impressive road winning streak end at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2. They return home after winning 5 of 6 on the road trip.

The biggest strength of the winning streak proved to be their undoing. Yovani Gallardo wasn’t quite himself as he struggled through 5 innings giving up 5 runs, 4 earned, along with 7 hits and 2 first inning home runs. The Brewers put two on the board to start the game off, but Gallardo took the mound with the lead and couldn’t hold on. A classic pitching matchup with Cardinals’ strong arm Chris Carpenter turned out a little more lopsided than the Brewers hoped.

Ryan Braun was given the night off, perhaps to snap the mini funk he has been in at the plate. Mark Kotsay drove in a run in his spot in the order, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Brewers failed to score after that first inning, and while most the team got on base at some point, they just failed to drive anyone home. They’ll be happy to spend the next 7 games staying in the comfort of their own homes.

It certainly shouldn’t be treated as a nightmare. Taking 2 of 3 in any road series is plenty impressive, and when it is the team chasing you in the standings the impact is doubled. The Brewers will now begin a stretch of 5 series against teams 0.500 or worse and there will be enough opportunity for the Crew to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the NL Central.

This isn’t a loss they’ll need to dwell on long. They’ll be right back to work tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Zack Greinke will move up a spot to fill Chris Narveson’s turn. First pitch is 7:10pm.


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