The Milwaukee Brewers probably felt like they were taking a big break with the St. Louis slugger. Louis Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt, on the bench Tuesday night, with a sore lower back.
Then Nolan Gorman took over.
Unable to hold a cap on the Cardinals’ last miracle, the Brewers delivered a solo home run to him in successive bats and these comebacks changed the momentum to a 6-2 defeat at American Family Field.
Gorman, second key, finished 4 to 4 and led four laps.
Box rating: Cardinals 6, Brewers 2
But make no mistake, Milwaukee’s attack also deserved a share of the blame.
After taking a two-run hostage from Willy Adames two backs at the bottom of the first inning, the Brewers failed to push another run even with Cardinals star Jack Flaherty allowing many baserunners in each of his three innings.
After only twice in the second inning, Milwaukee hit two baserunners and one hit the rest of the course.
The Brewers and the Cardinals are again at a dead end in the Central Division standings with the same records 39-31.
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Both starters have struggled with their command in the beginning.
Chi Chi González – who made two brief starts for the Minnesota Twins earlier in the month before being canceled – allowed two runs on three hits in the first inning while Flaherty followed three walks.
The first free kick, by Christian Yelich, came to a head as Adames followed with a shot from the center right. It was his 14th Homer of the season, a draw for the top spot in the big leagues.
But the next two rides were not lost at all, as was a pair of singles in the second inning and two more rides in the third, as the Brewers failed to take advantage of Flaherty’s savagery.
González, meanwhile, faced the minimum in the next two innings and had recorded the first of the fourth before Gorman hit a homer solo in the center to put St. Paul again. Louis in front.
Flaherty pulled after three and González after four after allowing four hits and a two-hit walk to 73 pitches.
Brent Suter followed with 1⅓ innings of perfect relief, but Gorman put his second homer two batters in the appearance of Miguel Sánchez.
The Cardinals closed the scoring with four singles by Peter Strzelecki in the eighth, the third of which came from Gorman and left him with four RBIs.
Adames doubled in the ninth for the Brewers’ fourth and final shot.
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This article first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Brewers lose to the Cardinals 6-2, again in the first draw at Central