MILWAUKEE — The Brewers and Cardinals met Monday tied for first place, then bid farewell after Thursday’s 6-4 Milwaukee win nonetheless tied for first place, to not meet once more till August.
Tyrone Taylor hit a go-ahead three-run dwelling run within the fourth inning and Willy Adames homered for the fourth time in seven video games because the Brewers cut up the group’s four-game collection and pulled again right into a tie atop the Nationwide League Central at 40-32.
What classes emerged from the previous 4 days at American Household Discipline?
1) These groups are remarkably evenly matched
Past their equivalent data, the season collection between the Playing cards and Brewers has been as even because it will get. The groups are 6-6 face to face with splits in every of the three four-game collection. St. Louis scored 48 runs in these video games; Milwaukee, 44. The hits narrowly favor the Cardinals, 91-88. The Brewers personal the house run margin, 15-13.
“I’d prefer to play them on daily basis,” Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol mentioned. “Truthfully, I’d like to play them 100-whatever instances. That’s group over there. I like the best way the rosters match up. They’re group over there, they’re managed nicely, they usually have good items.”
“That tells you the way gifted we each are,” Adames mentioned. “They play laborious. They’ve a very good group, and we’re all the time battling with them. It was like that final 12 months, too. Hopefully, we are able to take the division, although.”
Does he count on the race to come back right down to the top?
“That’s what it seems like,” Adames mentioned. “We’re going to maintain pushing, maintain preventing and we’re going to attempt — not attempt, however we’re going to finish up profitable the division. That’s what we want, and that’s what we wish.”
One of many storylines on this collection was who didn’t play. Starters Steven Matz and Jordan Hicks, nearer Alex Reyes, catcher Yadier Molina and outfielders Tyler O’Neill and Corey Dickerson are on the IL for the Cardinals, and starters Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta and Aaron Ashby, dependable reliever Trevor Gott and second baseman Kolten Wong for the Brewers. These are all influence absences.
Aside from Reyes and probably Peralta, who’re query marks with shoulder accidents, all of these gamers may very well be wholesome when these groups meet once more Aug. 12-14 in St. Louis.
2) Brewers hitters have to diversify
Supervisor Craig Counsell by no means complains about his group hitting dwelling runs, however there’s one thing to be mentioned for having a capability to attain in different methods as nicely. On this four-game collection, the Brewers scored 10 of their 14 runs by way of dwelling runs and had been 3-for-28 with runners in scoring place, together with a Victor Caratini single on Thursday that didn’t produce a run as a result of Andrew McCutchen was thrown out on an ungainly play at dwelling plate.
Happily, Taylor adopted with a fly ball that carried into the Brewers’ bullpen for a three-run homer and a 5-3 lead.
“We should be higher. We should be higher at executing when we have now males in scoring place,” Adames mentioned. “Shifting the runner over, we have now to be higher at that. We haven’t been doing a very good job, together with myself, and we should be method higher.”
Taylor, Adames, and the Brewers’ bullpen spared the group from paying a worth after a tough begin to the collection finale. The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead towards Jason Alexander three batters into the sport on Paul Goldschmidt’s Little League homer — rating it an RBI double plus two Brewers throwing errors — and Milwaukee missed an opportunity within the third when it loaded the bases with no person out and got here away with no runs.
“We caught to it at the moment,” Counsell mentioned. “The tack-on runs from Willy and good at-bats within the ninth had been necessary. You need to do all the pieces proper in these video games to beat good groups. We did some issues unsuitable at the moment, however we stored at it and did sufficient issues proper the final six innings to get a W.”
3) You’d higher get a lead by the sixth
It’s laborious to check many video games flipping within the late innings towards every group’s “A” relievers. Génesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley of the Cardinals and Brad Boxberger, Devin Williams and Josh Hader of the Brewers mixed within the collection for 10 scoreless innings with three hits and 9 strikeouts. Williams has delivered 17 consecutive scoreless appearances. Hader logged his twenty first save in 22 possibilities and his twenty third scoreless outing in 24 appearances.
The Brewers, with Boxberger getting out of jams within the sixth and seventh innings on Thursday, improved to 35-3 when main after seven innings and 34-1 when main after eight.
The Cardinals are 34-0 when main after seven innings and 32-1 when main after eight.
“I feel good baseball groups typically have that system and have guys who can end video games,” Counsell mentioned. “Our guys did an important job. Field got here into a tricky scenario. We requested him for 4 outs at the moment and he made some nice pitches.”
Will probably be practically two months earlier than the groups tangle once more.
“Hopefully we are able to draw back right here for just a little bit,” Boxberger mentioned. “However they’re group over there, and we’re group, so I feel it’s going to be neck-and-neck the entire method.”