Brewers Pitchers: Taylor Jungmann (2.0 IP), Tyler Cravy (2.0 IP), Chris Capuano (2.0 IP), Sam Freeman (1.0 IP), Carlos Torres (1.0 IP)
Cardinals Pitcher: Michael Wacha (6.0 IP), Matt Bowman (2.0 IP), Tyler Lyons (1 IP)
SV: lol no
HR: Chris Carter (3)
The Cardinals struck first in the series opener. With one out, left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker shot a triple just out of the reach of Ryan Braun. Matt Holliday followed up with a double. Two batters later Randal Grichuk drove in another run with a double of his own. Yadier Molina put the Cardinals up 3-0 with grounder that found a hole in the right side of the infield.
In that first inning Taylor Jungmann got ahead of most batters, but had trouble putting them away. It seemed to me he was spinning the curveball really well early on, getting several strike calls. He struck out Stephen Piscotty with the pitch. But nothing else was really working with him and he was missing up in the zone a lot.
Things only got worse for Jungmann in the second. Though it wasn't entirely his fault. The first hit was of the Cardinals devil magic variety. Aledmys Diaz hit a sharp grounder up the third base line that hit the bag and shot straight up over Aaron Hill as he dove for it. Then Domingo Santana misplayed a ball in right field allowing a batter to take an extra base. By the end of the inning the Cardinals found themselves with a 5-0 lead.
Jungmann would return to for the third inning only to face three batters without recording an out. He was removed for Tyler Cravy--who allowed both inherited runners to score. All told, there would be 8 runs assessed to Taylor Jungmann in 2.0 innings of work. After allowing just one run in five innings of work his first time out, he now has a 9.00 ERA after 7.0 innings on the season.
Chris Carter saved the Brewers from getting shut out with a solo home run in the seventh inning. That's about all there is to say about the Crew's offensive efforts today.
Sam Freeman made his second appearance for the Brewers. Unfortunately he allowed runs yet again. This time just one run in one inning of work though. So that's progress. Honestly I'm willing to overlook these first two outings. He sat idle for such a long time that it can't be easy shaking the rust off during live games.
The Brewers would go on to lose by a score of 10-1. Tomorrow is an off day. They're back at it Wednesday night. Maybe that'll give the Brewers a chance to forget about this game and perhaps cool down the red hot Cardinals a bit.
Wednesday, 7:10 pm CT: RHP Chase Anderson vs RHP Mike Leake
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