The Milwaukee Brewers fell in disappointing fashion to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 and now face a 3-2 deficit in the NL Championship Series. The final two games will both be in Milwaukee.

The Brewers got a good night out of Zack Greinke, but the defense behind him was what ruined it: Milwaukee suffered 4 errors in Game 5, and plenty of others that could have counted. Greinke gave up 5 runs but just 2 of them were earned. The defense seemed full steps behind when getting to routine plays, and what you mostly saw was a slow effort on the field, a season-long problem.

On the offensive side, the Crew didn’t look too bad. In a hostile road playoff environment, they left a ton of players on base. But they can’t dwell much on that thought; missing on some key opportunities is better than never getting the opportunity. They’ll hope that a wild Miller Park crowd will help them bounce back.

So the series shifts home for the end of the NLCS. Tomorrow is a day of preparation and travel before Game 6 kicks off Sunday. As of now, struggling Shaun Marcum is slated to start.

 

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