Milwaukee Brewers have clinched the NL Central title for the third time in six seasons, despite losing 4-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Atlanta Braves’ come-from-behind win against the Chicago Cubs helped the Brewers secure the division title.
Milwaukee secured at least a wild-card berth on Friday with a dominating 16-1 win over the Miami Marlins. However, they missed two opportunities to clinch the division title by losing to the Marlins in the following two games, scoring only five runs combined.
The Brewers had to rely on the Atlanta Braves to defeat the Chicago Cubs to secure the NL Central title. The Cubs held a six-run lead at one point, but the Braves made a remarkable comeback to eliminate the Cubs from the division race.
Despite the loss, the Milwaukee crowd erupted in cheers as the scoreboard showed the ninth inning of the Cubs-Braves game. The Brewers’ victory in the NL Central was a cause for celebration.
In the game against the Cardinals, the Brewers took an early lead with a run scored by Christian Yelich in the third inning. However, they struggled to generate offense for the rest of the game. St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas had a strong performance, allowing only one run and five hits in seven innings.
Milwaukee’s starting pitcher Adrian Houser retired the first nine batters he faced, but then allowed four runs, including a two-base error by second baseman Brice Turang that extended the Cardinals’ lead.
The Cardinals secured a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning and extended it to 4-1 in the fifth inning. Despite their efforts, the Brewers couldn’t mount a comeback and lost the game.
The Brewers had a disappointing performance with runners in scoring position, batting only 1 for 6 in those situations.
Despite the loss, the Brewers can now focus on their upcoming games as the NL Central champions. They will face the Cardinals again in the next game, with Wade Miley starting on the mound for the Brewers.