A night removed from giving up five runs in the eleventh inning in what was a very intense pitchers dual, a three run eighth inning helped secure a 4-1 Brewers victory. A strong outing from Brandon Woodruff also helped propel the Brewers to this victory.
The first seven and two thirds innings of this game belonged to Brandon Woodruff. He was the first Brewers starter to pitch into the eighth inning since he last did it himself in September of 2020, also versus the Cardinals.
In this game he allowed just one earned run, a solo home run to Tyler O’Neill, and struck out ten Cardinals. Despite his incredible performance, Woodruff ended up getting a no decision in this game for he exited in the eighth with the game tied at one. In fact, Woodruff now has the lowest amount of run support of any pitcher in the MLB.
Brandon Woodruff has the lowest run support per nine innings of any qualifying starter in the Majors at the moment: 1.82.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 13, 2021
The Brewers offense got creative in their run support during this game.
In the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain scored from second base after a fly out to centerfield. On the play Harrison Bader slipped while making the catch and ended up losing the ball on the transfer. He would get charged with an error as the speedy Cain scored as a result.
In the eighth inning, with two outs, Travis Shaw hit a go ahead RBI double. Dan Vogelbach had previously reached first base after a strikeout + wild pitch. Pablo Reyes then pinch ran for him and scored from first base on Shaw’s double. The next batter, Avisail Garcia, mashed a two run homer into left centerfield to make it 4-1.
To close the game out Josh Hader recorded his eighth save of the year. The Cardinals did bring the tying run up to the plate but thankfully the Brewers were able to squash the late inning comeback attempt.
The series finale is Thursday at 12:40pm. This gain will be an all too familiar rubber match situation. With a win Thursday, the Brewers can advance to 4-2 on the years against the Cardinals!
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