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Game Three: Milwaukee 6, St. Louis 0

So much for my hopes of a 162-0 Cardinals season.

But it wasn't all bad to see the Birds drop a 6-0 clunker to the Brewers.

Adam Wainwright made his first start for St. Louis since the end of the 2010 season. And, while it wasn't the best game he ever pitched, it was a decent ice breaker.

Wainwright threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out six Milwaukee batters and might have had a decent chance to win the game if the offense hadn't punched itself out with 11 runs the day before.

Of course, the dearth of offense might have had a little something to do with Brewers starter Zack Grienke who shut the Cardinals out for seven innings with no four hits and no walks allowed.

Milwaukee scored on a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning and the game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth. Rickie Weeks singled to lead off and then the Brewers found themselves with runners on first and second when Wainwright made a throwing error while trying to retire Nyjer Morgan. Wainwright almost got out of trouble when he got Ryan Braun to hit into a double play. But Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out double to make the score 2-0 and Wainwright headed for the shower.

Victor Marte relieved. And Corey Hart hit a two run homer before Marte knew what hit him.

The Cardinals could never mount a comeback and the Brewers added on two more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

At least Wainwright was able to get some of the butterflies out of his system, finally throwing meaningful pitches and proving to himself that he could get guys out once again in games that matter. Hopefully, he'll be set to go when the Cardinals return to St. Louis for their home opener next Friday.

And everything will be right if the Birds can win behind Lance Lynn on Sunday to take their first three-game series of the year.

Cardinals Star of the Game: David Freese was 2-for-3 as the only Redbirds player who collected more than one safety.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Daniel Descalso made a spectacular diving stop early in the game to show just how much better the St. Louis infield defense is without an outfielder playing second base.

Lowlight: Matt Holliday, who ripped the cover off the ball in Grapefruit League play, is off to a slow start for the regular season. He was 0-for-4 to fall to .071 for the year.