BREWERS ROUNDUP: A four-run eighth innning gives the Cardinals another win over Milwaukee
The Saint Louis Cardinals scored four runs in the eighth inning last night to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-1 at Busch Stadium. The game was tied at one when Carlos Beltran hit a sacrifice fly which put the Cards in the lead for good. Jon Jay then scored on a throwing error by Jonathan Lucroy. And Matt Adams belted a two-run homer. For the second straight night, a Milwaukee pitcher took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Matt Carpenter ruined Marco Estrada's no-no with a single that deflected off the pitcher's glove. Brandon Kintzler gave up three runs in the eighth to take the loss. He's 3-and-2. Trevor Rosenthal threw a hitless inning of relief to get the win. He's 2-and-3. Cards' starter Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six innings. The Brewers' only run was unearned. Carlos Gomez stole third and then scored on a bad throw from catcher Tony Cruz. Milwaukee's 1-nothing lead held up until the seventh. Afterward, manager Ron Roenicke said he was frustrated that his team was quote, "getting leads and giving them away." It was Milwaukee's 12th loss in 15 games to Saint Louis, and the Crew's 82nd loss overall -- assuring them of a losing season. The Brewers did manage to avoid falling back into last in the National League Central, as the Chicago Cubs also lost. Milwaukee remains a half-game out of the cellar. Saint Louis remains a game ahead of Pittsburgh for the Central lead. The Brewers and Cardinals close out their series tonight. Brewers' right-hander Tyler Thornburg starts against Saint Louis right-hander Joe Kelly.
Brewers' shortstop Jean Segura has dropped below .300 for the first time this season. He had a solid .325 batting average before the All-Star break. But after playing in his first All-Star Game, the 23-year-old Segura has seen his average go down gradually. It fell below .300 Tuesday night in Saint Louis, and he's now at .298. So far this month, Segura is only 7-for-31 -- and he's only had two extra base its since August 10th. Manager Ron Roenicke is not sure why the 23-year-old Segura is breaking down in his first full Major League season. It could be that pitchers have figured him out -- or he's just in an extended slump that all players face once-in-a-while. In any event, Roenicke says he'll keep playing Segura for now, saying he remains solid in the field -- and he still gives the Brewers a better chance of winning.