The Redbird Report 04/18

BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 3: The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning but couldn't hold it as Prince Fielder tied the game with a bloop double in the eighth and St. Louis' Brad Thompson, who began the season as a starter, pitched a two-run homer to Fielder on a bad breaking ball in the 10th.

Right-hander Kyle Lohse put the Cardinals into position for a three-game sweep over the Milwaukee Brewers. But the bullpen faltered, Milwaukee's Prince Fielder got a lucky double and then Fielder clouted his first homer of the season to beat them Thursday.

But one of the main reasons the Cardinals didn't produce more, other than the four hits by Ryan Ludwick and Lohse's two-run single, was that Troy Glaus, the cleanup man, didn't hit again. Glaus, who doesn't have a homer, hit into two double plays to end innings in which the Cardinals had two runners on and one out and has dropped to .218 for the season. With men in scoring position, Glaus is batting .208.

"I thought he got on the ball better today," said manager Tony La Russa.

"I think he's trying to hit a home run and trying to lift the ball all the time and that's not his real good stroke. I thought today was closer."

Lohse hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his four starts and has a 1.48 earned run average.

"I thought he pitched very well," La Russa said, "but you've got to give the other team credit. They kept plugging and they broke through."

NOTES AND QUOTES

--RF Ryan Ludwick, who has homered in four of his last five games, had the first four-hit game of his career and is hitting .390 in 41 at-bats while mostly platooning. "It's not easy not to play him," said manager Tony La Russa. "He certainly does a lot to deserve to be in there."

--Thursday's loss snapped a home winning streak of seven games by the Cardinals.

--1B Albert Pujols hit safely in his ninth straight game (.371, 13-for-35) and reached base for the 16th straight game, all the Cardinals have played.

--The Cardinals had beaten the Brewers nine times in their last 11 meetings before Thursday.

--RHP Kyle Lohse, who drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single, matched his career high for RBIs in a game. He knocked in two at Florida on Sept. 28, 2006.


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