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Opening Day Live: Cardinals 8, Brewers 4

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Opening Day Live: Brewers home opener vs. STL
Opening Day Live: Brewers home opener vs. STL
Opening Day Live: Brewers home opener vs. STL
Opening Day Live: Brewers home opener vs. STL
Opening Day Live: Brewers home opener vs. STL
Posted at 12:00 AM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 17:11:28-04

Refresh for live updates throughout today's game; listen to Bob Uecker and Jeff Levering's call of today's game on-air; WTMJ's "Opening Day Live" coverage runs all the way through 9 p.m. with Sports Central.

LINKS: Tribute to Bob Uecker from Vin Scully, Len Kasper and five broadcast partners | Brewers' franchise first home opener, in Seattle | GALLERY: Brewers' first home opener
GALLERIES: Full Opening Day gallery | Tailgate parties | Inside Miller Park

In-game coverage

Bottom 9th

4:11 p.m.


Top 9th - Cardinals 8, Brewers 4

3:54 p.m.

Bottom 8th - Cardinals 8, Brewers 4

3:46 p.m.

3:42 p.m.

Top 8th - Cardinals 8, Brewers 4

3:37 p.m.

Since we think you may need a cheer up...

Bottom 7th - Cardinals 8, Brewers 4

3:29 p.m.

A called strike three on Yelich ends the Brewers' rally attempt.

Top 7th - Cardinals 8, Brewers 4

3:21 p.m.

A much better inning with just one runner reaching base. Yet Milwaukee has lots of work to do.

Bottom 6th - Cardinals 8, Brewers 4

3:07 p.m.

3:06 p.m.

2:58 p.m.

Sausage race update:

Top 6th - Cardinals 8, Brewers 2

2:52 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

2:41 p.m.

Bottom 5th - Cardinals 4, Brewers 2

2:31 p.m.

1-2-e inning. Nothin' doin' for Brewes offense.

Top 5th - Cardinals 4, Brewers 2

2:23 p.m.

Bottom 4th - Brewers 2, Cardinals 2

2:14 p.m.

4th double for Shaw this year, but nothing doing beyond that.

Top 4th

2:04 p.m.

Bottom 3rd - Brewers 2, Cardinals 2

1:56 p.m.

Top 3rd - Brewers 2, Cardinals 1

1:51 p.m.

1:46 p.m.

Bottom 2nd - Brewers 1, Cardinals 0

1:40 p.m.

Arcia chased strike three...but before then...

1:34 p.m.

1:32 p.m.



Top 2nd

1:28 p.m.



A rather spectacular 1-2-3 second inning.

Bottom 1st

1:22 p.m.

After that, not much.

Top 1st

1:15 p.m.

Davies begins with flyouts by Fowler and Pham, and a K against Carpenter. 1-2-3.

1:10 p.m.

It begins. First pitch is a strike.

Zach Davies takes the mound for Milwaukee...the very youthful Davies.

Live pregame coverage

1:06 p.m.

12:57 p.m.

Anthem time for the Milwaukee Brewers. Dan and Mike Attanasio give the National Anthem, a straight-ahead performance by the sons of Mark and Debbie Attanasio.

12:55 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Required Wisconsin food goodness...

12:37 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

12:22 p.m.

Fans in Wisconsin politics are chiming in.

12:10 p.m.

12:06 p.m.

11:58 a.m.

Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson on what he called his "not top 10 slide":

"That wasn't the best decision making needs to be a little bit quicker."

11:57 a.m.

11:54 a.m.

Brewers pitcher Josh Hader to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner:

"Opening Day is something special...I'm excited for are in 30 degrees and tank tops."


11:53 a.m.

This is why Miller Park has a roof and heat.

11:40 a.m.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner on the goal of trying to win 90 games this year, an improvement of four over last year:

"We're shooting for that. That's the number you always think makes the playoffs. If you have 90 wins, you have a really good shot to make the playoffs."

"86 wins to 90 is a huge jump...a big challenge to get there."


11:31 a.m.

No, Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson has no set date for a return after his injury. But he talked with WTMJ's Jeff Wagner anyway.

"I don't know the timetable. It's a long process...things are going well. Training staff, strength and conditioning guys are doing a great job."

"We're at 120 feet right now, which is a big mark."


"It's kind of useless if I rush back and end up on the DL for some lingering stuff. It it takes some extra time, go ahead and nip it in the I can end the season healthy with these guys."

11:24 a.m.


11:13 a.m.

Brewers TV voice Brian Anderson to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner:

"Every Major League opening day is a gift. This is my 12th. It doesn't get old. It's an interesting day. It's totally different than any other day in the baseball season."

"It's a great time to be here. Living in Milwaukee, to come to a venue with a roof and green grass, to experience that is really cool."


11:10 a.m.

11:04 a.m.

A live view of Opening Day from the Miller Park lots.

10:53 a.m.

"We're always in it to win it. This year, we have more opportunity to make that happen." - Mark Attanasio to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner


10:49 a.m.

10:47 a.m.

10:39 a.m.

"He was there, I was hungry and I bit him!" - Bob Uecker about the spider bit incident that put him in the Mayo Clinic for surgery

"It was just a freaky accident...there was a photographer at the ballpark working with one of our writers who got bit twice (this spring)."

"The team is a fun team. It's helped us recruit players...they're excited to come here because guys have fun." - Brewers owner Mark Attanasio


10:35 a.m.

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10:30 a.m.

10:23 a.m.

Brewers catcher Jett Bandy to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner:

"Pretty fortunate to be in the big never gets old. I love it."

"The fans are awesome. They have great turnout every day."


10:20 a.m.

10:13 a.m.

Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner:

"I don't look too much at home run stats, that hurts me as a hitter." 

"Our top of the order is remarkable. They showed us this weekend what we can long as I stay consistent, the opportunities will continue to be there."


10:11 a.m.

9:54 a.m.

Eric Sogard, Brewers infielder, with WTMJ's Jeff Wagner

"We did some special things. Better things are coming in the future. I definitely want to be part of it."

"We all enjoyed spring training in Arizona...can't beat that weather. A little chillier out here...(better) to have that roof over our heads."


9:46 a.m.

Brewers pitcher Matt Albers to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner:

"I don't think I have any gray in my beard yet...(teammates askj) 'How's it facing Babe Ruth?' It's kind of fun to be the salty old veteran."

"The big thing is that it was a really good team last year. It was big to come to a team that really has a chance to make the playoffs."


9:45 a.m.

9:39 a.m.

WTMJ Brewers voice Jeff Levering to Jeff Wagner on the numerous moves the Brewers have made in recent years:

"Now you're starting to see the fruits of those's fun and it's real."

"We're trying to rebuild this thing and for two years, it was a struggle...what they did last year was not a fluke. Their start at 3-0, not a fluke, either."


Brewers starting pitcher Brent Suter to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner on what has given him success so far:

"I'm certainly not a hard thrower by any means...I just work on movement and location. They take more of a priority than velocity."

"Keep on working on getting outs. Go to where your strentgh is. Work on will prevent injury and help you gain more control."


Bill Schroeder, longtime TV analyst, to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner on the Miller Park food:

"It's great for the can take your jacket off and enjoy some baseball."

"Important for players, fans, broadcasters...broadcasters don't like rain delays."


Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff to WTMJ's Jeff Wagner:

"It's special. To make the Opening Day roster this year, opening up in San Diego...the team opened up 3-0, to come back to Miller Park with such great fans...thankful to be a part of it.


9:30 a.m.

9:08 a.m.

WTMJ's Steve Scaffidi and Stephanie Graham both say that it appears they have opened up the lots at Miller Park.

8:53 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

WTMJ Brewers radio voice Lane Grindle explains that the riches this team has in depth - particularly in the outfield - makes them ready to withstand the injuries that will almost always hamper a team.

"That's the great thing about this team, they have so much depth," he told WTMJ's Gene Mueller, Jane Matenaer and Doug Russell.

"This Brewers team is equipped to handle (injuries), one of the better equipped teams in Major League Baseball this year."

Listen to the full interview below:


8:35 a.m.

8:29 a.m.

"We're going to find out right away how well the Brewers measure up in the division." - Journal Sentinel beat writer and WTMJ Brewers 360 contributor Tom Haudricourt. Much more below.


8:27 a.m.

Lots of local sports bars are also open a LOT earlier than normal. Our friends at KTI Country are at one of them.

8:24 a.m.

8:05 a.m.

Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy, whose boss is manager Craig Counsell, was Counsell's boss after recruiting him for Notre Dame.

"I first recruited him at the old Milwaukee County Stadium, when I first watched him work out. Took a flyer on him...pretty genius of me, a guy who didn't know what he was doing at the time," he told WTMJ's Gene Mueller and Doug Russell.

He also admits causing Counsell injury while with the Irish?

"We were taking ground balls...was emphasizing on the hard shot he's got to get in front of the baseball, take it off his chest if he had to...he took it off his nose. His nose was literally under his eye socket," Murphy explained.

"(After a hospital trip), he was taking ground balls later that day."

Listen to the full interview below.


7:57 a.m.

7:52 a.m.

Stop it, Andre! We need Ueck healthy in the booth today! (Link to Uecker tribute.)

7:46 a.m.

WTMJ's Tony Bettack reports that the first tailgaters to get in line for when the parking lots opens: 3:45 a.m.

Yes, four hours ago, and more than two hours before the parking lots are scheduled to open.

In recent years, the Brewers have opened the parking lots earlier to take care of the crush of fans waiting to get in, so that it doesn't affect freeway traffic.

7:29 a.m.

Yes, Jeff!

7:25 a.m.

Miller Park Director of Grounds Mike Boettcher says they have done more water work with the turf of the Milwaukee Brewers than ever before.

"We turned the water on earlier than we ever have, due to the dry winter."

He explained that the team has been watching conditions all winter to make sure it's ready for this first of at least 81 home games for the Brewers

"We're definitely sampling, checking every day. There is a lot of science that goes into it, trying to monitor it the best we make sure we are ready. At the end of the day, we are at Mother Nature's mercy. She was very kind."


7:20 a.m.

Could the Milwaukee Brewers' home opener become an official state holiday? After all, so many people take off of work for it.

"No, it's one of those where I think a lot of people are maybe taking a vacation day. That's for sure. It's well worth it. In our household, it's a tradition, like a lot of others," Governor Scott Walker to WTMJ's Erik Bilstad.

6:41 a.m.

The COO of the Milwaukee Brewers is carrying a pair of lucky socks for this home opener.

"I have a pair of my daughter's socks that I carry on Opening Day. These are the socks I had when she was very little," said Rick Schlesinger on WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

He divulged the schedule of key times for the day:

- Game starts at 1:10
- Parking lots open 10:10 (probably earlier if the line to get in starts to get close to the freeway entrances)
- Stadium gates open at 11:10

"We encourage fans to get here early. If they want to tailgate, that's fine. Make sure they line up and get in. They have to go through metal detectors."

Rick's full interview:


6:39 a.m.

This is why the Milwaukee Brewers built a roof and heated Miller Park.

"Thankful for the people who had the foresight to design the ballpark, including Commissioner Selig," said Rick Schlesinger on WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

6:33 a.m.

This is the 50th home opener in Brewers history. The first, however, was in Seattle and the first home game for the PIlots was the stuff of unique legend. 

More: Story by Jay Sorgi | Photo gallery

6:14 a.m.

The weather will be typical Opening Day fare for your tailgate. Which means cold, somewhat windy, but with sun.

6:04 a.m.

WTMJ's Tony Bettack said that there are already plenty of tailgaters who have set up temporary "camp" outside the gates of Miller Park. Yes, that includes plenty of bratwurst and most probably beer, seven hours before the first pitch.

5:57 a.m.

"It's relatively easy to make people cry and it's relatively easy to make people mad.  But it's extremely difficult to make people laugh.  If you have that ability to make people laugh, you're extra special.  That's what I think of Bob."  said Vin Scully.

A legend about a legend. Vin, WTMJ alum Len Kasper and four of Bob Uecker's WTMJ broadcast partners give a special tribute to Ueck. Check out the must-listen tributes here with our Erik Bilstad.

5:34 a.m.

It has begun.



It's officially spring in Wisconsin.

That's what the home opener for the Milwaukee Brewers truly means.

Weather conditions be darned, this is the day much of Wisconsin waits for, the first true outdoor party of the year, where 45,000-or-so people head to Miller Park pull out their grills, enjoy their favorite beverage (sometimes too much of it) and put on their favorite blue-and-gold costume for the most fun blast that baseball can bring in the regular season.

And that's before heading inside, keeping an ear out for 46-year WTMJ Brewers voice Bob Uecker and co-hort Jeff Levering, and screaming for a Brewers team that is in serious position to make some big-time noise in the National League playoff race.

WTMJ will be at Miller Park from five hours before the gates open for tailgaters until long after the final pitch of a hopeful Brewers victory in the 49th home opener in Milwaukee history, and the 50th in franchise history.

Stay tuned. This will be fun.