National League Wild Card Tracker: Cards hit 10, Phillies win thriller, Reds and Pirates keep sinking | Ben frederickson

Complaining about manager Mike Shildt quickly subsided. He made the bold decision to intentionally have Christian Yelich walk to charge the goals in the ninth inning, and closer Giovanny Gallegos made him look brilliant. With two strikeouts and the last player on the Brewers bench, Pablo Reyes, sent home, Gallegos pulled him out on a pitch out of the zone.

“It’s been a quiet week,” Brewers coach Craig Counsell said of his roster after the National League center point guard lost for the fifth time in their last seven games. Milwaukee has averaged just 3.14 runs during this streak.

The Cardinals’ FanGraphs showing for a wildcard spot, once nearly as low as the temperature of the icy water in Adam Wainwright’s veins, registers 90.3%.

Hopes. . .

The Reds (4 games back) lost to the Pirates. Again. At home. The 6-2 loss to lower NL Central residents included some mind-blowing missed opportunities. The Reds totaled 10 hits. They left 11 men on the base. They went one for 12 with runners in scoring position. The Reds have lost 17 of their last 26 games. Now let’s move things over to The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale to paint the grim picture of the Reds without flex. . .

The season is on the line and the Cincinnati Reds couldn’t have put together a better situation to take the lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh inning on Tuesday: