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This week, the Cardinals met the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Wisconsin to play a three-game series, the teams’ second of the season.
Game One: Cardinals 6, Brewers 0 — WP: Carlos Martinez (5-5) LP: Junior Guerra (3-1)
Behind a dominant start from Carlos Martinez and ten hits from the first four batters in their lineup, the Cardinals took the first game from the Brewers by a 6-0 score.
The Cardinals put up three runs in the top of the third against Brewers starter Junior Guerra, one coming on a passed ball by catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Guerra surrendered the fourth run of the afternoon in the fifth, but he did manage to work into the seventh inning before the Brewers went to their bullpen.
On the other side of things, Martinez was very sharp and shut the Brewers out to five hits through his eight innings of work. His fastball reached the high 90s consistently, and it even made it to 100 MPH later in the game. Along with the heater, Martinez’s breaking pitches were effective, including his sinker that helped induce three ground-ball double plays.
For insurance in the eighth inning, Matt Holliday blasted a delivery from Milwaukee reliever Jhan Marinez 466 feet to left-center field, the fifth longest home run hit in the majors this season, per Statcast.
–For the first time since 2013, Matt Holliday has two consecutive three-hit games.
-Matt Carpenter’s 4-for-5 day on Monday snapped his 0-for-8 streak coming in and was the ninth game of his career that he collected four hits in.
Game Two: Cardinals 10, Brewers 3 — WP: Mike Leake (4-4) LP: Wily Peralta (6-3)
With six RBIs from hitters 1-4 in the batting order and a fine outing from the starting pitcher, the Cardinals rolled to a 10-3 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee to ensure a series victory.
The Cardinals recorded four straight hits off of Wily Peralta to open up the game, including a nine-pitch at-bat worked by Matt Carpenter that ended in a double. Two runs scored, and St. Louis turned their lead over to Mike Leake.
Leake turned in six frames for the Cardinals and allowed two runs: a solo homer off the bat of Jonathan Lucroy to lead off the second inning and an RBI double from Ryan Braun in the sixth.
Matt Carpenter went for the cycle in his at-bat in the eighth inning, searching for a home run to complete the feat. Instead, Carpenter tripled again to become the first player since Stan Musial to record a single, double, and a pair of three baggers in the same game.
–With another four hits on Tuesday, including two triples, Matt Carpenter now has ten four-hit games in his career.
Game Three: Brewers 3, Cardinals 1 — WP: Zach Davies (3-3) LP: Jaime Garcia (4-5) SV: Jeremy Jeffress (13)
A splendid outing from their starting hurler and a pair of first inning runs helped the Brewers salvage a win in the finale of their three-game series with the Cardinals.
Ryan Braun and Chris Carter each plated a run in the Brewers’ two-run first inning against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, and backup catcher Martin Maldonado hit his first home run of the season in the sixth against Matt Bowman, who was pitching in his first of two innings in relief of Garcia.
With three runs of support, Zach Davies dazzled, holding the Cardinals to three base hits in eight strong innings of work. He did not allow a runner to reach second base, and he whiffed nine batters.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth inning for the Brewers and surrendered a homer to pinch-hitter Brandon Moss. In the grand scheme of things, the homer did not matter, as Jeffress recorded the game’s final out to preserve a much-deserved victory for Davies.
-Brandon Moss’s home run in the ninth inning was the Cardinals’ tenth pinch-hit blast of the season.
Cardinals: Following an off day on Thursday, the Cardinals will briefly return home to take on the San Francisco Giants for three games over the weekend.
Brewers: The Brewers will pay a visit to Philadelphia to face off with the Phillies for four games beginning on Thursday evening.