Brewers Continue to Improve on Road

Catch up on what's going on with the Brewers and Cardinals, who resume a four-game series at Busch Stadium with game two tonight.

Inside pitch

Manager Ned Yost said he hasn't decided exactly how he will use newly acquired Ray Durham, but he made it clear he considers incumbent Rickie Weeks his No. 1 second baseman.

"Rickie's doing fine," Yost said. "I'll play Ray a couple of days a week, maybe. We'll just see how it goes. I'm not setting anything in stone. We'll take it day by day. Veteran, quality depth is what it gives us."

At the time of the trade with the Giants to acquire Durham, Weeks was batting .216 with a .326 on-base percentage despite getting on base three times Sunday in San Francisco without a hit (two walks and a hit by pitch).

Because Weeks was taken with the second selection of the 2003 draft behind Delmon Young, expectations have been high for him. Injuries set him back before he finally got going in the final six weeks of 2007, when he batted .273 with 11 home runs and 17 RBIs.

Undaunted by the deal, Weeks went 2 for 4 Monday with a three-run homer in the Brewers' 6-3, 10-inning victory over St. Louis.

Monday's game

The Brewers made it hard on themselves but still pulled out a victory to snap the Cards' five-game winning streak and extend their own string to five. In the process, the Brewers tied St. Louis for second place in the National League Central and the wild-card lead. Milwaukee stranded 11 runners during regulation play, which came back to haunt them when St. Louis tied the game in the ninth off closer Salomon Torres. But Bill Hall homered in the 10th off Ryan Franklin to snap the 3-all tie, and the Brewers went on to score two more runs, taking advantage of a throwing error by St. Louis second baseman Aaron Miles. Shortstop J.J. Hardy led the Brewers' 16-hit attack by going 4 for 6.

Notes and quotes

--Durham made his Milwaukee debut in the eighth inning Monday with runners on second and third and one out. He bounced into a force at the plate.

--Seth McClung singled in his second at-bat against St. Louis righty Joel Pineiro, extending the hitting streak of Brewers starting pitchers to six games.

--Righty Jeff Suppan is scheduled to come off the 15-day disabled list to start tonight's game for Milwaukee. Suppan went on the DL with irritation in his right elbow. The Brewers will have to make a roster move to make room for Suppan.

--Weeks' three-run shot against Pineiro extended the team's streak of hitting home runs to 17 consecutive games, the second-best mark in club history. The team record is 19 games in a row in June 1996.

--Righties Guillermo Mota and Eric Gagne, who began the season as the primary setup man and the closer, respectively, pitched in the sixth and seventh innings Monday night. Yost said he will mix and match his relievers in front of Salomon Torres, who took over as closer in late May.

By the numbers

8-0--The record of left-hander Manny Parra over his last 13 outings.

Quote of the day

"I think we're past that now. We're playing good on the road."--Yost, whose club has boosted its record to 25-26 away from home.

St. Louis Cardinals

Inside pitch

The Cardinals' bullpen absorbed its 21st loss this season when Franklin, the closer of the moment, gave up the solo homer to Hall and two more runs in the 10th inning Monday.

"I didn't make the pitches when I had to," Franklin said.

The defeat dropped the Cardinals percentage points behind the Brewers into third place in the division and nullified a comeback in which St. Louis had tied the game in the ninth on right fielder Skip Schumaker's sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals have three more games with the Brewers in this series and five more with them this season, all at Busch Stadium.

Third baseman Troy Glaus continued to be one of the hottest hitters in baseball--in some of the hottest weather in baseball. Glaus doubled to knock in two runs in the first and doubled but was left stranded in the 10th. During his last 10 games, he is hitting .525 (21 for 40). In games in which it was above 85 degrees (it was 95 on Monday), he is 14 for 40 (.350) with five home runs.

Notes and quotes

--Lefty Jaime Garcia, who pitched five innings in Sunday's win, was sent down to Class AAA Memphis. Righty Mitchell Boggs was called up from Memphis. Garcia, 22, said, "I'm ready for any decision they made. If they told me, ‘You're starting in New York (on Friday),' I'd be ready for it. Whatever decision they make is fine with me."

--Pineiro allowed his first home run after 23 2/3 innings when Weeks connected in the fifth.

--Outfielder Ryan Ludwick's hitting streak was snapped at six games when he struck out in his only at-bat.

--The Cardinals are only 17-16 in the first game of a series.

--Righty Kelvin Jimenez has worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief over the last two days.

By the numbers

9--Number of consecutive victories by Kyle Lohse after he won the Cardinals' first game after the All-Star break.


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