Brewers win but playoff hopes evaporating
By NATE LATSCH
ST. LOUIS — The Milwaukee Brewers did what they needed to on Friday night. They didn’t get the help they needed from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Brewers, led by Chase Anderson’s pitching and Stephen Vogt’s timely hitting, beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.
But Milwaukee, which entered the day two games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second Wild-Card spot in the National League, is still two games back after the Rockies beat the Dodgers 9-1 on Friday.
“We’re alive,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We’re alive with two days to go, so we’ll take it and we’ll have fun playing tomorrow and know that it means something.”
Milwaukee, which has won four of its last six games, needs to win the final two games of the season in St. Louis and needs the Dodgers to win the next two against the Rockies.
“We can’t control that,” Vogt said. “Obviously you’re looking up. But win tomorrow, take care of what we can take care of, and let the chips fall where they do.”
Anderson and Vogt did their part on Friday.
“We don’t win tonight without him,” Vogt said of Anderson. “He was outstanding. Biggest game of the year. Steps up, goes seven-plus.”
Anderson (12-4) allowed three hits to earn his fourth win in his last five starts. The right-hander, who went 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in six September starts, struck out five and walked one among 101 pitches.
Vogt, who was acquired off waivers from the Oakland Athletics in late June, had two hits, including his 12th homer, and drove in three runs.
The Brewers scored first, with Vogt’s RBI single to left field scoring Travis Shaw in the second inning.
Vogt made it 2-0 with a home run, his 12th, to right field in the fourth inning.
Cardinals rookie shortstop Paul DeJong hit his 25th home run in the fourth. The home run was the 38th of the season for DeJong, who hit 13 for Triple-A Memphis before being promoted to the Cardinals.
The Brewers added two in the sixth on a groundout by Vogt and a fielder’s choice by shortstop Orlando Arcia, to make it 4-1.
Eric Thames drove in a run with a single to right in the ninth for the Brewers.