Prince Fielder homered in the bottom of the sixth to give the Brewers their first lead of the day, and Milwaukee held on from there, winning 4-3 to complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals.
With the victory, the Brewers moved a half-game up on St. Louis for first place in the NL Central.
Shaun Marcum was the winner in this one, staying in to pitch seven innings after originally giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. The Brewers couldn’t touch Jake Westbrook until the bottom of the sixth, when they scored all four of their runs.
Kameron Loe and John Axford pitched scoreless innings after Marcum came out.
The Brewers moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 9, 2009.
Fielder’s homer was his eighth in 10 games and 19th overall. He’s one behind Matt Kemp for the NL lead in homers. He is tops with 58 RBI, with Kemp two back in second place.
The slumping Cardinals fell out of first place for the first time since May 19. They were swept in Milwaukee for the first time since April 30-May 2, 2007.
The good news for them is that they’re about to get a couple of key players back. Kyle McClellan (hip) will return from the disabled list to start Wednesday’s game against the Nationals, and Matt Holliday is expected to be activated on Thursday.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.