The tide continues to change in the NL Central.
Playing with heavy hearts in the aftermath of shortstop Jean Segura losing his nine-month-old son, the Brewers were blown out 10-2 by the visiting Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Brewers rookie starter Jimmy Nelson was lit up for eight runs — six earned — over 4 1/3 innings and Adam Wainwright was his usual self on the other end, limiting Milwaukee to two runs on five hits in seven innings. Wainwright’s ERA is at 1.83.
St. Louis was six-and-half games back of the Brewers when July began. Now the two teams are tied with one game left before the All-Star break. The Reds and Pirates also continue to lurk.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
White Sox 6, Indians 2
Yankees 3, Orioles 0
Braves 11, Cubs 6
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 0
Cardinals 10, Brewers 2
Red Sox 2, Astros 3
Marlins 4, Mets 5
Twins 9, Rockies 3
Blue Jays 3, Rays 10
Tigers 5, Royals 1
Angels 5, Rangers 2
Pirates 6, Reds 5 (11 innings)
Nationals 5, Phillies 3 (10 innings)
Padres 0, Dodgers 1
Athletics 2, Mariners 6
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.