The Milwaukee Brewers are relegated to playing spoilers in the final month of the baseball season. They’ve been playing the role well the last few days.
After a pair of wins to end their series with the Cubs at Miller Park, the Brewers marched into St. Louis and banged out 17 hits in a 12-5 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia entered last night’s game with a 2-1 record and 1.23 ERA against the Brewers this season. He was 11-5 with a 2.61 ERA in 20 career outings.
Last night, the Brewers got to Garcia for five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
It was a big offensive performance against the Cardinals, especially since the Brewers entered the four-game series with a 28-59 record against the Cardinals since the start of the 2012 season.
The Brewers got home runs from Domingo Santana, Orlando Arcia and Martin Maldonado, making a winner of Junior Guerra who worked five innings and improved to 8-3 on the season.
Hernan Perez collected four hits for the second time in three nights. Arcia had three hits and Keon Broxton, Santana, Maldonado and Guerra each added two hits.
Game two of the four-game series is tonight. Jimmy Nelson (7-13) faces Carlos Martinez (13-7) in the pitching matchup.