It’s getting uglier and uglier for the Brew Crew.
On a night the Cardinals may have lost their ace to a torn Achilles the Brewers still couldn’t manage a victory, falling 5-3 to visiting St. Louis on Saturday at Miller Park. Kolten Wong hit an RBI triple in the top of the second and Matt Holliday belted a three-run bomb in the seventh as the Cardinals moved to 12-4 on the young season with a +28 run differential.
Milwaukee fell to 3-15 with a -50 run differential.
Both marks are the worst in the majors — by far.
Ryan Braun, who’s still owed $113 million, is batting just .230/.277/.279 through 65 plate appearances. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Saturday night’s loss. Milwaukee will try to avoid a three-game sweep on Sunday. If the Brewers do get swept, you’d have to wonder if manager Ron Roenicke is going to be on the team flight to Cincinnati afterward.
Your box scores from Saturday …
Indians 1, Tigers 4
Nationals 0, Marlins 8
Astros 9, Athletics 3
Mets 8, Yankees 2
Braves 5, Phillies 2
Blue Jays 2, Rays 4
Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
Red Sox 4, Orioles 5 (10 innings)
Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1
Rangers 1, Angels 4
Dodgers 11, Padres 8
Twins 8, Mariners 5
Giants 5, Rockies 4 (11 innings)
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.