On a cool September night, the 25th to be exact, I went to Busch Stadium for one last 2018 regular season game as the St. Louis Cardinals took on the Milwaukee Brewers.
Thanks to SeatGeek I was able to get a great view of this critical game as the Cardinals were trying to secure the second NL Wild Card slot.
Unfortunately, Austin Gomber’s terrific start to the first inning had a horrific ending as Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Braun were not going to let their team go down quietly.
Everything slowed down as both teams put up zeros, but once again the Brewers’ bats came alive with two outs in the fourth inning. Three of the runs were driven in by NL MVP candidate Christian Yelich
Busch Stadium was stunned as the crowd was seeing their team’s Wild Card lead slipping away before their eyes, but Yadier Molina provided a much needed jolt.
As the innings went on, the Cardinals could not get any sort of sustained rally. A young Cardinals fan raised up his sign, in hopes that could motivate his Redbirds to a victory.
Eventually it all came crashing down for the Cardinals as first baseman Matt Carpenter and manager Mike Shildt would be ejected after a questionable strike three call. This signified the beginning of a long, painful ending to the game.
12-4 Brewers is how the game would end as the Cardinals would fall a half game out of the second Wild Card spot.
Today is the final Cardinals game of the season as they could not manage to keep up with the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Next time we will see Cardinals baseball is on February 23rd when they open up Spring Training against the Miami Marlins.