The Brewers started out the series against St. Louis on the right foot, winning 5-4 in 10 innings thanks to command issues by new Cardinals’ closer Greg Holland.
Before then, however, the Brewers had a couple of nice defensive throws form their outfield. Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun each caught Cardinal’s baserunners in the bottom of the first trying to get greedy on the basepaths:
Milwaukee then struck first in the top of the second inning when Domingo Santa singled up the middle, scoring Travis Shaw. When it looked the scoring would end there, Orlando Arcia doubled to right with two outs to bring Santana around and give the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long as the Cardinals sent three runners across home plate in the bottom of the third to capture a 3-0 lead.
Milwaukee quickly responded in the top of the fourth, as Manny Pina singled to bring in Shaw and Eric Sogard to reclaim the lead 4-3.
That would hold for a while until the bottom of the inning. Matt Albers came in to close and struggled, allowing a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to tie the game at 4 all. Luckily, that’s all the Cardinals were able to muster.
The next inning, St. Louis debuted their new closer who didn’t have a great night. He walked four of his first five batters (one intentionally) and that brought across the go-ahead run and a Milwaukee victory in the end.