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Over the weekend, the Brewers and Cardinals met for a four-game series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the teams’ final meeting of the 2016 season.
Game One: Brewers 12, Cardinals 5 — WP: Junior Guerra (8-3) LP: Jaime Garcia (10-12)
On the strength of seventeen hits and a big night from infielder Hernan Perez, the Brewers made easy work of the Cardinals on Thursday, beating St. Louis by a 12-5 score in the first game of the teams’ four-game series at Busch Stadium.
Perez went 4-for-5 on Thursday and was responsible for three of Milwaukee’s dozen runs. The Brewers plated five runs off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia and six runs off Mike Mayers, who logged just one inning of work.
Brewers starter Junior Guerra collected his eighth win in eleven decisions this season and lowered his earned run average to 2.96.
Game Two: Cardinals 4, Brewers 3 — WP: Carlos Martinez (14-7) LP: Jimmy Nelson (7-14) SV: Seung Hwan Oh (17)
A quality start from Carlos Martinez and a four-run third inning fueled the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Brewers in the second game of the series on Friday night at Busch Stadium.
Martinez, who allowed three runs through the first three innings of the game, buckled down from the fourth inning on to log seven innings on the evening, giving the Cardinals a much-needed strong outing. As for the big fourth inning, the Cardinals received a pair of two-run home runs, including Matt Carpenter’s nineteenth and Stephen Piscotty’s 21st of the year.
The Brewers received two of their three runs on Friday from second baseman Scooter Gennett, who launched a two-run homer off Martinez in the top of the third inning. The long ball — the eleventh of the season for Gennett — was only the twelfth Martinez has allowed this season.
Game Three: Cardinals 5, Brewers 1 — WP: Adam Wainwright (11-8) LP: Corey Knebel (1-3)
After Adam Wainwright whiffed Hernan Perez in the top of the eighth to strand the bases full of Brewers, the Cardinals went to work in the bottom half of the frame to score a handful of runs, enough to give their ace his second straight win and first at Busch Stadium since July.
Wainwright allowed just one run — a home run to Brewers center-fielder Keon Broxton — in his eight innings of work, but his robust outing appeared that it would not be taken advantage of, as the Cardinals could not get anything brewing off the Brewers’ pitching staff until the home-half of the eighth.
The Cardinals scored four runs off Corey Knebel, who faced five batters and recorded only one outing in his outing that began to kick off the eighth inning. Two hits allowed Matt Adams, Wainwright’s pinch-hitter, to tie the game on a groundout. Knebel opted to intentionally walk Matt Carpenter before serving up an RBI single to Kolten Wong. Knebel was pulled from the game in favor of Jhan Marinez, who was tagged by Stephen Piscotty for a two-run double and Yadier Molina for an RBI hit up the middle.
Before Sunday’s series finale, the Cardinals activated shortstop Aledmys Diaz off the 15-day disabled list. Diaz suffered a broken right thumb when he was hit by a pitch on July 31.
Game Four: Brewers 2, Cardinals 1 — WP: Tyler Thornburg (6-5) LP: Kevin Siegrist (5-3)
The Cardinals mustered a run in their half of the eighth inning to tie the game, but the Brewers rebounded in their next turn at bat to edge over the Cardinals, 2-1, in the teams’ four-game series finale on Sunday at Busch Stadium.
St. Louis received a quality start from rookie Luke Weaver, who punched out eight batters held the Brewers to one run on three hits and a walk. Jonathan Broxton and Zach Duke each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, but Kevin Siegrist broke the trend when Ryan Braun teed off on a 3-2 delivery in the top of the ninth for a 429-foot home run, one that put the Brewers ahead for good.
The Cardinals knocked Brewers starter Zach Davies out of the game in eighth inning but failed to make any more magic, as Brewers closer Tyler Thornburg entered the game and recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning and whiffed the side in the ninth to earn his six victory of the year and notch a series split for Milwaukee.
Brewers: The Brewers will pay a visit to the Queen City, as Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, will serve as the venue for a three-game series this week between the Brewers and Reds.
Cardinals: This week, the Cardinals will host the Cubs for a three-game series at Busch Stadium. That series will kick off on Monday.