November 26, 2014

Brewers scramble bullpen to preserve win

The Milwaukee Brewers finally scored some runs, breaking a 32-inning streak

Burke Badenhop celebrates save / (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Burke Badenhop celebrates save / (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

without one, then they had to hold on for their first victory in nearly a week, a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

After John Axford lost his closers spot, the Brewers used Jim Henderson in the eighth inning on Sunday, trying to keep the game within reach.  The Brewers trailed 3-2 at the time.

After the Brewers tied the game 3-3 in the 9th, Ron Roenicke went to Brandon Kintzler  and that moved worked out well, with Kintzler working a 1-2-3 frame.  Kintzler came back out for the 10th and walked the leadoff man (David Freese) and Jon Jay punted him to second.

Roenicke then went to the bullpen again, calling on Michael Gonzalez who got the Cardinals Matt Carpenter to fly to shallow left for the second out.  After intentionally walking Matt Holliday, Roenicke went to the bullpen, calling on right hander Burke Badenhop.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny then countered with the switch hitting Carlos Beltran, but the chess match was won by the Brewers as Badenhop got Beltran to ground out to shortstop Jean Segura to end the game.