Opportunistic Brewers Maul Cardinals, 4-0

Team in mourning loses three straight to surging Milwaukee
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 2, 2007 10:50 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals So Taguchi leaps out of the way of a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday May 2, 2007 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Brewers have the best record in baseball after a sweep of the 2006 world champs, the Cardinals, who are still stunned by the death of reliever Josh Hancock in a car crash last weekend. At 18-9, Milwaukee is nine games over .500 for the first time since 1998, and won despite losing starter Chris Capuano to injury.

Matt Wise and Carlos Villanueva pitched six shutout innings out of the bullpen, and young slugger Prince Fielder provided half of Milwaukee's RBIs.  Milwaukee can rise to ten games over .500 or better this weekend with a series win over the visiting Pirates, who were swept in Milwaukee in the teams' last series.