Greg Holland struggles in Cardinals debut, gets loss vs. Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Greg Holland came into Monday night’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th inning, walked four batters in one-third of an inning and got the loss.

Holland, who had been activated earlier in the day, walked the first two batters he faced, third baseman Travis Shaw and right fielder Domingo Santana. Second baseman Eric Sogard moved them along with a bunt, so Holland intentionally walked catcher Manny Pina to load the bases. Holland’s four-pitch walk to Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia drove in the go-ahead run.

Posey’s home run off starter Rich Hill was the first of the season for the Giants cleanup hitter and first since Aug. 8, 2017.

Dodgers: RHP Josh Fields pitched a scoreless inning after being reinstated from the paternity list before the game. RHP Zach Neal designated for assignment after originally being optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The change was made after the team claimed RHP Alec Asher off waivers from Baltimore.

Hill beat the Giants on opening day in Los Angeles but wasn’t as fortunate in San Francisco. The left-hander yielded three runs and five hits over five innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Giants starter Chris Stratton struggled with his control again. He allowed two earned runs but walked four in five-plus innings.

LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-2, 2.25) of the Dodgers faces LHP Ty Blach (1-1, 5.79) on Sunday in a rematch of opening day starters. Kershaw lost the first round despite allowing one run over six innings while Blach owns a career 1.41 ERA against Los Angeles.

“I expect him to throw quite a bit,’’ Irsay said. “I expect him to channel his Brett Favre, if you will, and just say ‘The hell with it . . . let’s go play football, let’s go rock and roll.’

“There’s never been anything unusually ominous or surprising or behind the scenes that’s taken us by surprise. There really hasn’t been. The throwing shoulder, there’s a lot going on there. It’s a complicated mechanism. At this level, with the type of torque that’s put out, you just want to make sure you bring him along the right way.’’

Luck has thrown for over 4,000 yards in three of his five NFL seasons. He also has 132 touchdown passes to just 68 interceptions, but he has never registered a QB rating above 96.5.

Magic: Asked for his memories at the Bradley Center, Vogel recalled a time when then-Celtics coach Rick Pitino got into an argument with guard Dee Brown off the court while Vogel was Boston’s video coordinator. “Not a … fight but just a (verbal) flare-up,” Vogel said.buccaneers_017

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