With Manny Parra leaving the game after just one inning with neck spasms, the Milwaukee Brewers had to go to the bullpen early. Counting Parra, the Brewers tied a franchise record by using 8 pitchers. Unfortunately, the 8th one, Trevor Hoffman, blew just his 3rd save of the season and the St. Louis Cardinals came from behind to beat the Brewers 4-3.
With the Brewers leading 3-2, Hoffman walked Cardinals slugger Trevor Hoffman with 1-out The very next batter, Matt Holliday homered to center and the Cardinals completed the comeback.
Prince Fielder got the Brewers off to a good start with a 2-run homer in the first, his 38th of the season. Albert Pujols hit his league leading 45th for the Cardinals.
After Parra left, Brewers manager Ken Macha turned to Carlos Villanueva and Villanueva responded with 3-scoreless innings of relief. He was in line for the win until Hoffman served up Holliday’s homer to center.
The loss is the 72nd of the season for the Brewers, which equals the teams total all of last season.