Control issues are not something Jimmy Nelson hasn’t dealt with before, but after a couple of solid outings to start the season, the Milwaukee Brewers were hoping those issues were behind their right-hander.
But Nelson’s command problems returned on Sunday as he issued six walks in 5 1/3 innings as the Brewers fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4.
After winning the series opener on Thursday night, the Brewers dropped three straight games and are now 0-3 in home series this season.
The fourth inning was Nelson’s downfall. He walked Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk to start. Piscotty scored on a Kolten Wong double and Grichuk scored on a broken-bat, two run single by Cardinals pitcher Mike Leake.
Nelson allowed five hits and four runs while striking out five.
The Brewers trailed 6-2 in the 9th when they scored a pair of runs. Manny Pina clubbed his first home run of the season and Jonathan Villar added a rbi single before the rally ended.
The Brewers haven’t won a series from the Cardinals since winning 2 of 3 at Busch Stadium in April of 2014. The Brewers have gone 0-14-3 in series against the Cardinals since then.
The Brewers will see Matt Garza make his first start of the season tonight. Garza started the season on the disabled list with a groin strain. Amir Garrett (2-1, 1.83) gets the start in the series opener for the Reds tonight.