The Cardinals have themselves a little breathing room in the National League Central.
Though closer Edward Mujica struggled again and put the Brewers in position to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals eventually won 7-6 in 10 innings. Carlos Beltran drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly while John Axford was victorious in his return to Milwaukee. Aramis Ramirez drove in five runs in a losing effort.
The Pirates imploded and lost to the Reds in 10 innings last night, so the Cardinals are now two games up in the division with eight to play. Their magic number sits at seven.
Your Friday box scores:
Braves 9, Cubs 5
Astros 1, Indians 2 (7 innings)
Reds 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings)
White Sox 5, Tigers 12
Marlins 0, Nationals 8
Orioles 4, Rays 5 (18 innings)
Mets 6, Phillies 4
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 6
Giants 1, Yankees 5
Rangers 1, Royals 2
Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 9
Mariners 2, Angels 3 (11 innings)
Twins 0, Athletics 11
Dodgers 0, Padres 2
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.