The Cardinals took two of three from their inner division rivals, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals picked up wins number seventy and seventy-one and completed a 4-2 road trip, including the series with Cincinnati.
The opening game of the series was started by Tyler Cravy and Lance Lynn. Tyler’s performance was impressive–with the exception of the fifth inning–one in which he surrendered six runs. The inning was topped off with a three-run homer by Randal Grichuk, his fourteenth of the season. As for Lance, well, the entirety of his outing was impressive. He pitched six innings of two-hit ball, while striking out seven. Carlos Villanueva swiftly pitched the final three frames of the ballgame to lead St. Louis to a 6-0 victory, their seventieth win of the season.
The middle game of the series was started by Wily Peralta and Jaime Garcia. The Cardinals’ pitching staff extended their scoreless streak up to thirty-six innings, many thanks to the two-hit shutout performance on Saturday. Jaime tossed seven innings while allowing the two hits, then Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal took care of things from that point. Trevor earned his thirty-third save by throwing eleven pitches. Though three runs were scored, the Cardinals only needed the very first one. Matt Carpenter homered to lead off the ballgame. Stephen Piscotty drove in the other two runs, via RBI singles in innings three and seven, en route to a 3-0 victory. Jean Segura and Elian Herrera had the hits for Milwaukee.
The third and final game of the series was started by Jimmy Nelson and John Lackey. The Cardinals’ pitchers watched their impressive streak of thirty-eight scoreless innings end in the third inning when Elian Herrera hit a solo bomb. Khris Davis hit a two-run homer later in the inning to give the Brew Crew a 3-0 lead. The Cards got on the board in the sixth to trim the deficit to 3-1. Matt Carpenter hammered his seventeenth dinger, a three-run shot, to give St. Louis a 4-3 lead. Khris Davis wasn’t done, though. He blistered a Jonathan Broxton pitch well enough in the eighth with a runner on base to give Milwaukee a 5-4 lead. His eleventh home run of the year, his second of the day, proved to be the game winner and ruin the Cardinals’ plans of sweeping the series.
Matt Carpenter continued to prove that he is still, well, Matt Carpenter. He hit his sixth homer in his last fifteen games on Sunday. In that fifteen game span, Carpenter is batting .315 with ten RBI and slugging .778.
The Cardinals will be off on Monday, August 10th. They will pick things back up at Busch Stadium on Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Pirates come into town. Carlos Martinez and Jeff Locke are the scheduled starters.
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