I'll be shocked, with the way the Milwaukee Brewers disintegrated Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, if they can pull themselves together and again be a factor in the National League Central division race.
They played pretty well for the first half of their finale of the four-game set with a chance to at least hold serve and hope St. Louis went into a slump. But, after the Cardinals took the lead, Milwaukee came undone and started to make lazy and sloppy errors that allowed the Birds to turn the game into a laugher.
Milwaukee fans booed for a while, but eventually departed so they didn't have to witness any more of the mess. And the last third of the game sounded more like a contest at Busch Stadium with Cardinals fans drowning out the Milwaukee faithful.
It's tough to blame Brewers fans for being frustrated. They've lost 11 of their last 12 games and, with the loss Sunday, fell 1/2 game behind the Pirates for third in the Central Division and for the second wild card berth.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, continue to seem to be coming together at just the right time.
Ace Adam Wainright finally got past his "dead arm" issues with one run allowed in a complete game effort. He scattered seven hits while walking one. While he only had three strikeouts, Wainwright was efficient which allowed him to complete the game with exactly 100 pitches thrown.
While I was curious about why manager Mike Matheny left Wainwright in to pitch the ninth inning in a lopsided game at this point of the season, the move at least allowed the late inning guys to get a valuable day off.
On the other side of the ball, outfielder Oscar Taveras had three hits in four at-bats to raise his batting average to .240. Jhonny Peralta was 3-for-5 with his 20th homer of the season to raise his average to .268 for the season.