WP: Adam Wainwright (7-5) | LP: Jimmy Nelson (5-7) | SV: Seung Hwan Oh (1)
I didn’t watch the game today, so I can’t provide any deep insight into this one. At least I can provide you with the facts on what did happened.
First of all, it took a while to get this game going. The game was scheduled for a 1:15 pm start, but didn’t get going until around 2:45 pm. When the teams did finally take the field, it looked like the rain had dampened the offenses as well.
Adam Wainwright wasn’t unhittable for the Cardinals, but he kept the Brewers completely in check. Despite allowing seven hits and two walks, he kept the Brewers off the board over seven innings. The Brewers didn’t get a runner past second base until the seventh inning. In short, he was as tough as usual against the Brewers.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Nelson matched Wainwright in hits allowed (7) and walks allowed (2), but his mistakes hurt him in the fourth inning. An error by Jonathan Villar started the fourth, then a single, triple, and single brought in all three runs. That was the worst of the day for Nelson, but with the Brewers unable to score, it was too much to give up.
On offense, Jonathan Villar reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Ramon Flores was the only other Brewers to reach base multiple times, recording two hits. Five other Brewers also reached base once.
In the bullpen, Carlos Torres and Will Smith each had a scoreless inning as well. Torres allowed a walk but struck out two, while Smith just struck out one.
The series concludes tomorrow afternoon in St. Louis. Chase Anderson faces Michael Wacha in the afternoon finale. First pitch is at 1:15 pm.