Cardinals vs. Brewers: Crew Wastes Another Opportunity

With the Brewers trailing the Cardinals 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh, at least Kameron Loe didn't make things any worse. He certainly tried to - he allowed two singles and a walk - but the first single was erased by a double play, and the second single and the walk were erased when Lance Lynn struck out looking. That's St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Lance Lynn, who came in with five career plate appearances. I don't know why Tony La Russa allowed him to bat, but whatever.

To the eighth we went, with the Brewers running out of time to rally. Facing Lynn, Corey Hart got things off to a good start when he grounded the first pitch into left for a single. Jerry Hairston Jr. followed with a five-pitch walk, and suddenly the middle of the Brewers' order was coming up, with the tying run on deck.

Ryan Braun couldn't do anything, though. He grounded a ball to Rafael Furcal, who stepped on second base for a force out. Then Marc Rzepczynski came in to face Prince Fielder, and Rzepczynski picked up a four-pitch swinging strikeout.

So it was down to Rickie Weeks and Jason Motte, as Tony La Russa kept mixing and matching the way he always does. Motte got ahead, and Weeks grounded an 0-1 low fastball to third. Daniel Descalso threw to first for the out, and the inning was over.

Still 5-1 Cardinals going into the bottom of the eighth, and this one looks over. The Brewers have put ten runners on base, but just the one of them has scored, and Braun, Fielder and Weeks have combined to leave 11 guys on base.

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