Cardinals vs. Brewers: Wolf Still Strong, Still Ahead 4-2 After 7

Now it gets tough for the Cardinals.

Randy Wolf rewarded Ron Roenicke's faith by zipping through the bottom of the seventh, and so it's still Brewers 4, Cardinals 2.

Wolf's probably finished, having thrown 107 pitches. Which isn't any reason for concern if you're Roenicke, because of course Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford are generally safe as houses in the eighth and ninth innings.

Even worse for the Cardinals? Roenicke's gone to his defensive lineup, with Carlos Gomez taking over in center field, Nyjer Morgan shifting from center field to right, and (yes, 41-year-old) Craig Counsell replacing the hobbled Rickie Weeks at second base.

Oh, and one more good thing for the Brewers? With Wolf retiring No. 2 hitter Allen Craig to end the seventh, No. 3 hitter Albert Pujols will lead off the eighth, powerless to do anything but draw the Cardinals just a bit closer. At this point, my only questions are ... When do we see Lance Berkman? And will it matter?

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