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The Cardinals and Brewers met at soggy Busch Stadium in St. Louis this weekend for a three-game series, the teams’ third meeting of the series — second in the Gateway City — and first since early June. The Cardinals swept the series that, though each game was completed, was plagued by rain.
Prior to the game, the Cardinals placed reliever Kevin Siegrist on the 15-day disabled list with mononucleosis and recalled right-hander Sam Tuivailala from the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.
Game One: Cardinals 7, Brewers 1 — WP: Jaime Garcia (6-6) LP: Matt Garza (1-1)
Fueled by a five-run fourth inning, the Cardinals pulled off a 7-1 victory over the Brewers on Friday night at Busch Stadium.
Jaime Garcia gave the Cardinals a firm, eight-inning outing, one that was very welcomed by a bullpen that had logged eight innings over the last two games. Garcia surrendered four hits on Friday, and one of his few mistakes of the game came in the second inning.
Facing Brewers first baseman Chris Carter to lead off the second frame of play, Garcia’s first pitch was a 91 MPH fastball, one that Carter, who entered the game with a team-high nineteen homers, drove the pitch 423 feet to center field, accounting for Milwaukee’s lone run of the evening and tying run at the time, evening the score at 1-1 after Aledmys Diaz’s RBI double in the first.
The Cardinals’ fourth inning against Brewers starter Matt Garza featured an RBI from Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, and Matt Holliday, who capped off the run scoring in the frame with a two-out, two-run single up the middle.
Holliday an additional run of support in the sixth with an RBI hit, knocking Garza out of the games with two outs in the sixth. Jhan Marinez took over and finished out the game for Milwaukee, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings.
-In his first start since fouling a ball off of his face, Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
-With seven splendid frames on Friday night, Jaime Garcia is 2-1 with a 1.27 earned run average in three starts against the Brewers this year.
Game Two: Cardinals 3, Brewers 0 — WP: Adam Wainwright (7-5) LP: Jimmy Nelson (5-7) SV: Seung Hwan Oh (1)
Despite rain halting the first pitch of the game by over 90 minutes, the Brewers and Cardinals avoided further interruption and were able to get in Saturday’s games, one that played out to be a 3-0, series-clinching win for St. Louis.
All it took for Adam Wainwright to set into cruise control was a trio of tallies the game’s fourth frame, an inning highlighted by Kolten Wong’s two-RBI triple, his third three-bagger of the season.
Jimmy Nelson, Milwaukee’s starter hurler, did not pitch a bad game at all, spinning six frames with three runs (two earned runs) allowed. His counterpart, however, was just a bit sleeker.
Wainwright turned in seven shutout innings, his fourth outing spanning at least seven innings in length this season. Wainwright’s start was followed by a scoreless eighth inning from Jonathan Broxton.
In the team’s first save opportunity since Trevor Rosenthal was removed from the closer’s role, Seung Hwan Oh took the ball. It took Oh thirteen pitches to record three outs, including two via the whiff, to secure the first save of his career in Major League Baseball and a win for the Cardinals.
-With a single in the fourth inning of Saturday’s game, Yadier Molina recorded the 1,500 base hit of his career.
-The Cardinals were without second baseman Matt Carpenter on Saturday. Carpenter commuted to Ohio due to a death in his family. He did not go on the bereavement list.
Game Three: Cardinals 9, Brewers 8 — WP: Michael Wacha (5-7) LP: Chase Anderson (4-9) SV: Seung Hwan Oh (2)
The Brewers plated four runs in the top of the ninth inning to get to within one run of the Cardinals’ lead, but Seung Hwan Oh was able record the final out and seal the deal on a 9-8 win for St. Louis to complete the three-game sweep.
The first pitch of the game was thrown about 80 minutes after the scheduled start time. Wacha struck out the side in the first inning, and he was given a one-run lead in the bottom half of the frame by Aledmys Diaz, who hit his tenth homer of the season.
The Brewers took the lead on a two-run double from Ramon Flores in the fourth. The Cardinals tied the game in the fourth and took a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Following a fourteen-minute delay in the middle of the sixth, Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam, his second of the season, to break the game open.
Play was halted for close to an hour in the top of the seventh. The Brewers tacked on two runs following the delay, and the Cardinals scored once.
Leading 9-4 in the top of the ninth, Sam Tuivailala took the mound. A pair of singles and a hit batsman with no outs recorded in between put Tuivailala in a sticky situation, so manager Mike Matheny opted to go to his bullpen.
Oh entered the game with a very little margin for error. After walking in a run, Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to deep left field to plate two, pulling Milwaukee within two runs. Oh recorded the first out of the inning with a strikeout and induced a groundout that plated another run for the Brewers.
The lineup turned over to leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar, who was able to draw a walk, but it was to no avail as Oh was able get strike out Martin Maldonado to end the contest.
-Stephen Piscotty is 5-for-9 in bases-loaded situations this season with two homers and thirteen runs driven in.
Brewers: The Brewers will travel to the nation’s capital for a three-game date with the Nationals at Nationals Park.
Cardinals: This week, the Pirates will meet the Cardinals in St. Louis for a four-game series.