The Milwaukee Brewers probably felt like they had taken a major break with St. Louis Cardinals slugger Paul Goldschmidt on the bench Tuesday night nursing a sore lower back.
Then Nolan Gorman took over.
Unable to keep a lid on the Cardinals’ latest prodigy, the Brewers gave him solo home runs on back-to-back hits and those home runs changed the momentum in a 6-2 loss at American Family Field.
Gorman, a second baseman, went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs.
The score of the box: Cardinals 6, Brewers 2
But make no mistake, the Milwaukee offense also deserved its share of the blame.
After getting a two-run homer from Willy Adames two batters late in the first inning, the Brewers failed to drive another run even with Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty allowing multiple base runners in each of his three innings. .
After single twice in the second inning, Milwaukee had two base runners and one hit the rest of the way
The Brewers and Cardinals are again tied atop the Central Division standings with identical 39-31 records.
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Both starters battled with their command early on.
Chi Chi González — who made two brief starts for the Minnesota Twins earlier in the month before being waived — allowed two runs on three hits in the first inning while Flaherty followed by walking three.
The first free pass, for Christian Yelich, came to score as Adames followed with a shot to the center right. It was his 14th home run of the season, tied for the top among major league shortstops.
But the next two walks were wasted, as were a pair of singles in the second inning and two more walks in the third as the Brewers failed to capitalize on Flaherty’s madness.
González, meanwhile, faced the minimum over the next two innings and had recorded the first on the fourth before Gorman hit a solo homer down the center to put St. Louis back in front again.
Flaherty was out after three and González after four after allowing four hits and one walk with two strikeouts on 73 pitches.
Brent Suter followed with 1⅓ innings of perfect relief, but Gorman hit his second two-hitter homer in the Miguel Sánchez appearance.
The Cardinals capped the scoring with four singles against Peter Strzelecki in the eighth, the third of which came from Gorman and left him with four RBIs.
Adames doubled in the ninth for the Brewers’ fourth and final hit.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers lose to Cardinals 6-2, fall back to tie for first place in Central