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Cardinals vs. Brewers, July 9

Sorry I have been neglecting the game posts... I'll catch up with them later because I want to keep them in the archives for future reference...

That being said, the Cardinals won a tooth and nail battle with the Brewers Thursday afternoon that was much needed after they choked up a 4-1 lead the night before. They needed to win the series to try to establish some momentum, but it sure would have been nice to score the sweep heading into Chicago.

The Cardinals offense was frustratingly ineffective, and the team trailed 1-0 in the eighth after Milwaukee scored a single run in the fifth. But Brendan Ryan tripled home Skip Schumaker, Albert Pujols doubled in Ryan and Jason LaRue and Ryan Ludwick homered to cap a five-run inning and the scoring in a 5-1 game.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Joel Pineiro pitched a complete game to lower his ERA to 3.20 for the season and improve his record to 7-9. He allowed three hits, no walks and struck out five in a top notch performance.

Lowlight: It looks like the Cardinals could be without Mark DeRosa for as long as two months. Meanwhile its third base substitutes continue to struggle. Brian Barden was 0-for-2.