St. Louis Cardinals Take Rubber-Match, Milwaukee Brewers Fading Fast

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The Milwaukee Brewers had a couple great chances to win the weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The two teams split the first two games on Friday and Saturday, making Sunday’s game a great opportunity for the Brewers to cut into the Cardinals’ lead. Instead, they fell 10.5 games behind the Cardinals after a frustrating 4-2 loss.

The Brewers outhit the Cardinals Sunday, making the loss even more frustrating than it had to be.  They squandered a couple great opportunities to break the game open, including a bases loaded, nobody out situation that passed without putting a run on the scoreboard.

Milwaukee has lost 14 of their last 17 games, and they’ve only won four of the 14 series they’ve played this year. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have only lost two series this year.  The Cardinals are stringing hits together and they know how to manufacture offense with the best of them.

Kyle Lohse was hoping to help get the Brewers back on track against his former team Sunday. Instead, he earned his third loss against the Cardinals this season.  Lohse gave up all four runs in the fourth inning, but pitched well outside of that inning.

While it is still early, the Brewers are going to have to start improving soon or they might have to consider becoming trade deadline sellers.  They are starting to look like they might need an overhaul, or at least a leader to step up and lighten the mood for the dismal club.  They’ve hit decently, but have been playing sub par defense and can’t seem to rally together to put runs on the board with any regularity.

Milwaukee has shown in the recent past they have a group capable of reaching the postseason, but they are going to need to figure something else out if they hope to outdo St. Louis any time soon.

David Fouty is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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