The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals are playing an important series, and it’s particularly important to the Brewers. Milwaukee entered Tuesday three games behind St. Louis in the NL Central, and 2.5 back in the NL Wild Card race.
So, considering the significance of the series for Milwaukee, a play in the bottom of the sixth inning looks especially rough.
The Cardinals had already scored two runs in the inning to even the score at 2-2, but it appeared the Brewers would at least exit the inning tied when Dexter Fowler hit a pop-up with a full count and two outs. But the ball fell between three Milwaukee defenders in left field, allowing three runs to score for the Cardinals.
Those bases emptied quickly! pic.twitter.com/jo89c9iiG5
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 21, 2019
Yikes. What the hell was Ryan Braun doing on this play? He’s the one that should be taking control as the outfielder, and instead he just faded away from the play while neither infielder had a beat on it. Hernán Pérez then gave up on the play, allowing Fowler to reach second.
Just a brutal effort all around, and it turned a winnable game into a likely loss. And the Brewers indeed lost, 9-4. The Cardinals now have a four-game lead over the Brewers, and keep a 0.5 game advantage over the Chicago Cubs.