Tipsheet: Brewers squander great pitching with popgun attack


Milwaukee Brewers’ Brent Suter reacts after Lorenzo Cain threw out St. Louis Cardinals’ Tommy Edman at home during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Morry Gash

Jeff Gordon

The Milwaukee Brewers wasted brilliant pitching while losing two of three games against the Cardinals.

Will this trend continue all season?

Starting pitchers Freddy Peralta, Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes limited the Cardinals to two runs in 19 2/3 innings. They struck out 27 batters and walked three.

Overall the Brewers held the Cardinals to four runs in 28 of the 29 innings in the series. Take away the five-run 11th-inning outburst Tuesday and Team Arenado didn’t get much done.

But with outfielder Christian Yelich not quite back from his nagging back injury, the Brewers went 2-for-31 with runners in scoring position.

“This is the game of baseball,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “This is how the game of baseball works. It’s the team that gets the hits with runners in scoring position is how you score runs.

“We’re in a rut with it. We’re not getting it done in those spots right now.”

The Brewers’ batting order elicits yawns. Milwaukee has lost eight of its last 11 games.

The Crew is hitting just .213, which ranks 28th in the majors. Milwaukee’s 139 runs scored ranks 25th – and every team beneath them has played fewer games.

The good news: Yelich…

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