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Tuesday, September 6th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (85-57) at St. Louis Cardinals (74-67), 8:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (15-9, 3.68)
St. Louis - Kyle Lohse (12-8, 3.72)
(Sports Network) - The Brewers have a shot at lowering their magic number to
claim the National Central to single digits. That task would get a little
easier if Yovani Gallardo can overcome some career-long struggles against the
Milwaukee looks to take another big step towards the division crown this
evening in the continuation of a three-game series with second-place St.
The Brewers' magic number to clinch their first division title of any kind
since winning the AL East in 1982 was lowered to 11 following last night's 4-1
defeat of the Cardinals. Ryan Braun and Nyjer Morgan both hit home runs to
back Randy Wolf's eight innings of one-run ball.
"Every game we play against anybody right now is big, but particularly against
the team that's chasing us," Braun said.
Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 17 consecutive games with an RBI
hit in the second inning as the Brewers won their fourth straight game since
getting swept by the Cardinals to begin last week and avoided a fifth
consecutive defeat in this series.
Jake Westbrook struck out a season-high nine batters, but still took the loss
for the Cardinals after pitching six innings. St. Louis has lost three of four
since its sweep of Milwaukee and is also 8 1/2 contests behind the NL Wild
"Our whole mindset before we went to Milwaukee was we have to win ball games,"
Westbrook said. "Losing this one, we still have to come out tomorrow and win
the next game. Hopefully, we can do everything we can to put pressure on
St. Louis has been able to do that against Gallardo his whole career.
After giving up three earned runs over three outings, the right-hander was
hammered by St. Louis on Thursday for eight runs on nine hits over a mere 4
2/3 innings. Though he struck out eight, he also served up a career-high four
homers, including two to Albert Pujols. Rafael Furcal and Matt Holliday also
took Gallardo deep to drop him to 15-9 with a 3.68 earned run average this
Pujols has been a major thorn in Gallardo's 25-year-old side, going 12-for-25
(.480) against him in his career with four homers and 11 RBI. He is part of
the reason Gallardo is just 1-6 with a 5.79 ERA in his career versus St.
The Cardinals hope that eight days' of rest can recharge Kyle Lohse, who has
won four of five past five decisions and shook off a brutal loss to the
Dodgers by besting the Pirates on Aug. 28.
Lohse allowed four runs -- two earned -- on six hits over five innings, moving
to 12-8 with a 3.72 ERA and picking up his 100th career victory.
The 32-year-old righty is 3-8 with a 5.10 ERA in his career versus Milwaukee,
including a pair of losses this season. He suffered a tough-luck loss to the
Brewers when he faced them at home on May 7, giving up a run over eight
innings of a 4-0 defeat.
09/06 10:42:26 ET
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