One inning is all it took for the Milwaukee Brewers to fall 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals on a rainy day in Missouri. The Brewers are now facing a disadvantage in the NL Championship Series down 2 games to 1.

Yovani Gallardo didn’t get an out until the seventh batter in the 1st inning, part of a 4 run lead-off against Milwaukee’s ace. He was throwing all over the place and laid out a few too many easy ones against a red hot St. Louis lineup. He settled down after that, muscling through 5 innings total and going shutout through the end of his day. It seemed like a control issue from the start, but Gallardo was able to improve it.

The Crew came battling right back, picking up 2 runs in the next frame and another one in the 3rd. Yuniesky Betancourt continued his hitting stretch with a 2 hit, 1 RBI day and Gallardo earned a run back with an RBI sacrifice fly. The following inning, Mark Kotsay cut the score 4-3 on a solo home run, but not much else happened after that.

It was a lack of speed on Kotsay’s part that allowed the Cardinals to get 4 runs. He just couldn’t cover the distance chasing a pop fly and the Brewers were playing catch up the rest of the way. He wasn’t the only one to make a defensive miscue and it’s been hurting the team heavily.

Randy Wolf will look to bounce back from his last loss in the NLDS. Being past St. Louis’s ace should be a welcoming feeling for Milwaukee.

 

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