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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers pounced on Adam Wainwright and a shaky St. Louis Cardinals infield early then held on through a nervous ninth inning for a 4-3 victory Wednesday.
Francisco Rodriguez walked in a run before getting Lance Berkman to fly out with the bases loaded, nailing down his second save since taking over as the team's closer Tuesday night.
With the win, the Brewers took two out of three from the Cardinals, who have lost five of six.
Wainwright (7-10) got off to a rough start and didn't get much help from his infielders, who committed three errors in the Brewers' four-run first inning -- including a pair by shortstop Rafael Furcal.
Deposed closer John Axford (3-6) claimed the win.
Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg went 4 2-3 innings, giving up two runs on a pair of solo homers.
Thornburg was making his second career start after the Brewers decided to push Zack Greinke's scheduled turn back to next week.
Thornburg had his big league debut...
BEST OF MAXIM
MILWAUKEE Just days after John Axford had hit what seemed like rock bottom on Monday, the Brewers former closer got to experience a few things he never had as Milwaukee's ninth inning specialist.
The first man out of the bullpen on Wednesday, Axford relieved starter Tyler Thornburg and threw 1.1 solid innings, giving up just one hit in that span. It was an enlightening experience...
The Milwaukee Brewers started pitcher Zack Greinke in three straight games. Sure, he threw just four pitches on July 7 following a pathetic ejection by a first base umpire, and then tossed 66 pitches the following day before having the luxury of the All-Star break to rest before throwing 97 pitches on July 13. But he still technically started three consecutive games...
MILWAUKEE Lance Berkman figured skipping a rehab assignment might cause him to not see the ball well or feel uncomfortable in the box his first few games back.
He didnt expect to not have any bat speed.
The Cardinals wanted the veteran to play a few minor league games after missing nearly two months due to knee surgery, but Berkman declined and said he felt good enough to work...
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The future of right handed pitcher Zack Greinke is still unknown. The Brewers apparently would like to keep him long-term, but according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports, “it doesn't appear there has been much dialogue between the Brewers and representatives for Greinke since spring training.” He says that the team haven't made a formal offer to Greinke yet.
The second half has not begun the way the St. Louis Cardinals would have envisioned. The club lost five of six road contests to National League Central Division rivals Cincinnati and Milwaukee.
During that stretch, the games were close. The Cardinals received good pitching, but the offense often misfired when it mattered most. They had plenty of scoring chances, though. The problem...
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has left Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee after being hit in the leg by a pitch.
Holliday was hit by an 89-mph fastball from Brewers starter Randy Wolf near his left knee in the first inning. After spending several minutes with team's trainer, Holliday initially remained in the game. But Cardinals manager Mike Matheny...
After surrendering 8 baserunners and 4 earned runs in 3 post-All Star break appearances, John Axford was removed from his spot as anchor of the bullpen by Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. Axford’s struggles began in June, when he posted a K/BB of 10/7 and coughed up 4 HR. Superficially, Axford’s month of July has also been bad, with a 5.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP not bringing any reassurance...
A seemingly favorable schedule combined with a key injury to an NL Central rival may be just what the St. Louis Cardinals need to gain ground in the standings.
After sparking a ninth-inning rally, Matt Holliday looks to continue his hot stretch at the plate and help the Cardinals maintain their dominance of the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
St. Louis (47-43) is third in the...
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save on his first night as Milwaukee's new closer, Rickie Weeks hit a mammoth home run and Randy Wolf won his first game since April 30 as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday.
The Cardinals' Matt Holliday left the game after getting hit in the leg with a pitch in the first inning and Brewers slugger Ryan...
JOHN AXFORD IS THE WORST PITCHER EVER AND I HATE HIM AND IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM AND HIS STUPID BLOWN SAVES WE WOULD PROBABLY BE IN FIRST PLACE AND BE BIG TIME BUYERS AT THE TRADE DEADLINE LIKE WE'D PROBABLY GET PRINCE BACK AND COLE HAMELS AND PAUL MOLITOR AND JESUS AND BATMAN AND A NEW MANAGER WHO COULD PROBABLY JUST BE BATMANS BUTLER ALFRED BECAUSE HE SEEMS REALLY SMART. MAN...
The Cardinals nearly wasted another outstanding effort by a starting pitcher -- their best of the four games they've played in the second half. But some control issues by Milwaukee closer John Axford and some seeing-eye hits by the Cardinals conspired for a three-run ninth-inning rally and a 3-2 win Monday that snapped a three-game slide.
Lance Lynn fanned 10 and walked nobody...
St. Louis Cardinals hitters went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park.
It’s no secret that the Cardinals could use another starting pitcher. Right-hander Chris Carpenter is out for the season. Left-hander Jaime Garcia remains sidelined with a left shoulder sprain.
The team, while frustrated by the high asking prices for starting pitchers, continues to perform its due diligence in the pitching market, monitoring both starters and relievers, according...