The Milwaukee Brewers were down to their last strike in the 9th inning on Sunday afternoon before Ryan Braun drove a 3-2 pitch into the left-center field stands for a 7-4 lead and eventual 7-6 victory.
Braun’s blast allowed the Brewers to stay within one-game of the Chicago Cubs for the second National League wild card spot. They’re 2 1/2 games behind Washington for the top wild card position and just three games behind the Cardinals for the Central Division lead.
The Cubs, who swept the Pirates over the weekend, are just two games behind the Cardinals with the two teams playing each other seven times in the final two weeks of the season.
St. Louis reliever John Gant walked the bases loaded with one out in the top of the ninth and the Cardinals leading 4-3. Reliever Tyler Webb came on to get Mike Moustakas with a shallow fly ball to center field. [Read more…]