The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals were interrupted by three rain delays totaling two hours and 29 minutes. When the day was done, it was the Cardinals who prevailed, hanging on for a 9-8 win at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals entered the series with a seven-game home losing streak. They came out of it with a three-game winning streak.
Chase Anderson made it through just 4 1/3 innings and this time, the Brewers bullpen couldn’t hold off the opposition.
Milwaukee led early, but the Cardinals would explode for seven runs, including Stephen Piscotty’s grand slam in the sixth off of fellow reliever Blaine Boyer.
The Brewers scored four runs in the 9th to climb to within one run, but with the tying run on second base with two outs, pinch hitter Martin Maldonado struck out to end the game and the comeback attempt.
Ryan Braun had four hits to lead the Brewers, who quickly departed after the game for Washington, D.C. to face the Nationals in a 10 a.m. game on Monday morning.
Sunday’s game was the 81st of the season for the Brewers, marking the halfway mark of the season. The Brewers are 35-46 on the season, two games better than the same time last year.
The Brewers made a roster move after the game, optioning outfielder Keon Broxton to Class AAA Colorado Springs. They’re calling up infielder Will Middlebrooks from Colorado Springs to take his place. Middlebrooks was hitting .282 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI.