A late inning defensive miscue likely cost the Milwaukee Brewers a chance at victory in St. Louis last night, dealing the Brewers a major blow in their pursuit of a post season playoff spot.
Mark Reynolds committed the mental error at first base in the eighth inning. With one out and a runner aboard, A.J. Pierzynski grounded to first base. Reynolds fielded the ball cleanly, but instead of throwing to second to start a 3-6-3 double play, he simply turned and stepped on first base, thinking they had two outs already.
That error cost the Brewers a pair of runs and sent the game to extra innings. Eventually, Tony Cruz provided the game winning rbi single in the 13th and sending the Brewers home with a 3-2 loss.
The Brewers dropped 6-games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and 3 1/2 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wildcard race. [Read more…]