The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled to score runs all season, but they have stayed in contention in the NL Central division thanks to their excellent starting pitching. Their rotation was bolstered on Wednesday afternoon with the return of Alex Reyes after recovering from his Tommy John surgery. The young phenom faced the Milwaukee Brewers in his first start since 2016, but it did not go as planned for the Cardinals.
Alex Reyes looked like he was ready to dominate the Brewers after a spectacular first inning, but he ran into some troubles later in the game. After he escaped a jam in the second inning, Reyes saw his velocity decline over the next two innings. While he did not surrender any runs in his four innings, the Cardinals did not want to risk pushing their young starter when he was clearly dealing with some arm issues.
The Brewers instantly capitalized on the misfortunes of their division rival. Christian Yelich drove in the first run of the game against John Gant in the fifth inning. After getting shut down by Junior Guerra for six innings, the St. Louis offense came alive against the Milwaukee bullpen. Harrison Bader hit a solo home run off Jeremy Jeffries in the seventh to tie the game. A sacrifice fly by Tommy Pham later in the inning gave the Cardinals a one-run lead.
Tyler Lyons was tasked with preserving the lead for St. Louis, but he gave up a home run to Christian Yelich. Milwaukee retook the lead when Orlando Arcia drove in a run with a single to right field against Sam Tuivailala. After getting two scoreless innings from Josh Hader and Corey Knebel, the Brewers defeated the Cardinals 3-2. The comeback win on Wednesday afternoon extended Milwaukee’s lead in the NL Central division to 4.5 games.