Birds win another series, prepare for LA 

  

 

 The Cardinals successfully completed another series “W” this afternoon by beating the Milwaukee Brewers. The Redbirds wrapped up a glorious homestand was a 7-2 record. Before the Cards head to California to start a series, let’s look over the series that has recently closed. 

 The Brewers took the first game of the series, 1-0. The game was well pitched by both starters, Mike Fiers and Jaime Garcia, but Fiers ended up winning the battle. The only run of the game was surrendered by Jaime in the first inning. Carlos Gomez singled through the infield to plate a run. That’s all of the offense that the 40,000+ Busch Stadium crowd would get to see on Monday. Milwaukee took a 1-0 series lead. 

 The Cardinals were able to turn the tables in the win column in game two. The ‘birds won game two of the series, 1-0, and tied the series at 1-1. For the second straight evening, the pitching staffs of each team took control. Tuesday, while making his Major League debut, Milwaukee’s Tyler Cravy pitched seven strong innings against the Cards. During those seven innings, he allowed just one run on four hits. Lance Lynn was more stellar, though, going seven and two-thirds innings and allowing only five hits. He rang up five Brewers’ batters along the way, too. The series was now evenly-leveled at one game each, setting up a rubber game for Wednesday. 

 

 The third and final game of the series was started by John Lackey and Jimmy Nelson. The Cardinals got to Nelson early and often, scoring seven runs off of him through the first four innings. John Lackey put up another solid start by tossing seven innings and allowing three runs. A shaky ninth inning led to closer Trevor Rosenthal being called upon to pitch, and he worked out of the jam. He picked up his seventeenth save of the season. A total of eleven runs were scored in game three, seven by St. Louis and four by Milwaukee. Only two runs TOTAL were scored in the first two games. Ahh, baseball. 

 The Cardinals are bound for the West coast for a four game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael Wacha will be searching for win number eight against Dodgers’ right-hander Carlos Frias. 

Thanks for reading! 

Twitter: @Curtis_Josey 

Photo via @BBTN on Twitter. 

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