Albert Pujols went 4 for 5 with a 2-run homer, three doubles and five rbi’s to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 12-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals banged out 17-hits in all, pulling even with the Brewers in the series 1-1.
The edge in the series now belongs to the Cardinals, who will host the next three games in the series, starting with game 3 on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
The 12-3 setback is the worst beating at home in 2011 for the Brewers. Previously, the Brewers fell to the San Diego Padres 13-6 back on May 11th.
The Brewers aren’t dwelling on the loss. Infielder Jerry Hairston said regardless of the score, it only counts as one loss.
Manager Ron Roenicke said the Brewers need to pitch better if they’re going to win in St. Louis, but they also have to play better defense. Last night, Nyjer Morgan misjudged two fly balls in the third inning that cost starter and loser Shaun Marcum.
Things didn’t go much better for the Brewers bullpen. Reliever Kameron Loe recorded just one out while giving up six straight hits and 4-runs in the 7th inning.
The Brewers in the first half of the season were a bad team on the road. But they’ve turned that around after the all-star break and now feel confident when they hit the road. The Brewers will need that confidence as they play the next three in St. Louis, starting Wednesday night.