photo: Adam Wainwright via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals needed a win against the Milwaukee Brewers to clinch a postseason spot but they did not get it. A virtually non-existent offense caused the Cardinals to suffer a 3-0 defeat on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
As has been the case through a significant portion of the shortened season, the St. Louis offense faced pitching that thwarted their efforts. Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff held the Cardinals scoreless throughout his eight innings pitched. Only two Redbirds managed a hit against Woodruff. Kolten Wong hit a leadoff single in the first inning but was left stranded. Yadier Molina led off the second inning with a single and was likewise left stranded. When all was done the Cardinals struck out 11 times and walked only once. No baserunners advanced as far as second base.
No offense put the lion’s share of the burden on starter Adam Wainwright. The veteran right hander tossed 6 2/3 innings and yielded three runs on eight hits. He gave up two solo home runs and suffered his third loss of the season.
Andrew Miller relieved with one out in the seventh inning and walked his first batter but struck out the second to end the inning. Miller returned for the eighth and fanned the first hitter and was replaced by Ryan Helsley, who got the final two outs of the inning. Tyler Webb hurled a scoreless ninth inning, with one hit allowed and three strikeouts.
The loss puts the Cardinals one game over .500 at 29-28. It also enabled the Cubs to clinch the NL Central Division title. The Cardinals remain in second place in the NL Central by winning percentage as the Reds lost to the Twins.
A win for the Cardinals in Sunday’s game will clinch a postseason berth for the team. If the Cardinals lose, then other scenarios exist for the Cardinals to get a postseason spot, including a likelihood to have play the make-up doubleheader of Game 59 and 60 in Detroit against the Tigers on Monday.
Those games will be necessary only if Milwaukee beats the Cardinals and San Francisco bests San Diego on Sunday.
For full details on the various playoff scenarios affecting the Cardinals, including possible seedings, please check out this thread on The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.
Sunday’s game: vs. Brewers at 2:15 p.m., Austin Gomber (1-1, 1.80) vs. Brett Anderson (4-3, 4.00) FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX/WIJR
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