The Cardinals pounded out 14 hits off of 4 Brewer pitchers, and they did hit the ball hard. There were plenty of hard outs to go along with the hits. Wily Peralta had delivered the Brewers a 2 run deficit after four hitters, all hits, and allowed 5 more hits but only 1 more run in his 5 innings of work before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth.
Carlos Torres allowed 2 earned in 2 innings, with 2 walks and 1 hit allowed. The walks were his fault, the hit wasn't entirely...Ramon Flores couldn't hold onto a deep fly ball off of the bat of Matt Carpenter for a triple. A major league center fielder needs to catch that ball. The play was pivotal; in the top of the seventh in a one run game the Cards went from one out, a runner on first to a run in, a runner on third, and nobody out. Carpenter scored on Matt Holliday's double play grounder, but that put the lead at 5-2.
This caused Craig Counsell to use his "B" relievers, and David Goforth and Jhan Marinez combined to allow 5 runs in the top of the eighth to put the game away.
Carpenter finished the game with 2 triples, a double, and a single. He scored 4 times and drove in 2.
The Brewers scored 1 in the second on Jonathon Lucroy's ninth homer of the season, one in the sixth when Ryan Braun doubled in Jonathon Villar, and a BMSR (Badger Mutual Superfluous Run) in the eighth when Lucroy brought in Scooter Gennett with a sacrifice fly. Gennett had hit a ground-rule double to left off of lefty Kevin Seagrist. Villar was not thrown out at third base even once tonight.
This was my first game at Miller Park this year, and through work connections I got to sit in the WTMJ suite. This was an awesome way to watch the game. Disappointing game, but great time. The attendance was announced at 24 thousand plus, but it seemed that many skipped the game or left early. It was far and away my easiest exit ever from Miller Park.
Tomorrow afternoon has Jaime Garcia (4-4) going for the 28-27 Cards against Zach Davies (2-3) for the 23-29 Brewers. The Crew will try and salvage one win from the 3 game set, with game time at 12:40 pm.