The Milwaukee Brewers took it to the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, and they did it with the Cardinal’s ace, Jack Flaherty, pitching against them. In fact, Flaherty came into tonight’s play with a 3.08 ERA. When his night was over, his ERA was 5.52.
The Cardinals did get on the board first in the top of the first. Tommy Edman led the inning off with a single, and Paul Goldschmidt drove him in with a double. Brett Anderson would give up one more run in the fifth, but that would be it as he covered six innings.
Milwaukee was off and running in the bottom of the first, and it all got going when the 2018 MVP. Christian Yelich, took a Jack Flaherty slider that just would not get down enough over the right field wall for his tenth home run of the season.
Ryan Braun decided he would go back-to-back as he launched a solo shot over the right centerfield wall.
The scoring continued and continued and continued for the Brewers in this one. In the bottom of the third, the Brewers put two more runs on the board. Yelich got things rolling with a single into left. Flaherty next walked Braun, and Daniel Vogelbach doubled into the left centerfield gap to score them both and make the score 4-1. That would be about the last moment of this game that anyone thought this one was in doubt.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Brewers broke it open. Jedd Gyorko singled to lead things off followed by a Jace Peterson walk. Orlando Arcia single to left to load the bases, and that is how the bases seemed to stay for the next two innings. Omar Narvaez ripped a breaking pitch back up the middle to score Gyorko and Peterson. Arcia scored on an Avisail Garcia single that fell in front of Harrison Bader.
Jack Flaherty hit the showers after the Garcia hit. He was unable to record an out in the fourth and gave up nine runs on eight hits overall. Jake Woodford replaced Flaherty. He suffered about as badly as the Cardinals’ ace did. Christian Yelich faced him first and got his third hit of the game as he hammered a ball off Matt Carpenter’s glove resulting in a single. Ryan Braun followed by grounding into a double play, but a run did score in the form of Narvaez.
Woodford next walked Vogelbach, and then Keston Hiura came to the plate. Keston Hiura’s 12th homer of the year made the score 11-1.
The bottom of the fifth was almost as devastating for St. Louis as was the bottom of the fourth. Jace Peterson led things off with a walk. After a strike out of Orlando Arcia, Omar Narvaez drew another walk. Tyrone Taylor knocked Peterson in with a double into the left centerfield gap. The Taylor double chased Jake Woodford from the game, and in came Rob Kaminsky.
Kaminsky immediately walked Yelich to load the bases. Trying to stay alive with two strikes, Ryan Braun let a ball travel deep into the zone before hitting it. Yadier Molina reached too far forward and was hit by Braun’s bat. Catcher’s interference was called and Braun was awarded first base. The Brewers also scored another run as Narvaez strolled home.
Daniel Vogelbach singled to drive in Taylor. Hiura walked, which brought home Yelich. Pinch running for Braun, Ben Gamel got into the fun when he scored a run as Lane Thomas failed to catch a fly ball on the warning track from Jedd Gyorko. Vogelbach scored the 17th run of the game off a Jace Peterson sacrifice fly.
One more run would be scored by the Brewers. Daniel Vogelbach launched a solo shot over the right field wall.
Ray Black got some work in this one, and he labored. Fortunately he was able to get out of his inning with just one run allowed. Corey Knebel took the eighth and ninth innings. Of the six outs he recorded, all six came from strike outs. Knebel may be getting close to vintage Knebel.
The Brewers will try to carry over the offensive explosion tomorrow as they play two against these Cardinals. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 4:10 CT. Adam Wainwright gets the ball for St. Louis. That is the only starting pitcher that has been announced for the two games tomorrow. The games can be heard on WTMJ 6209 and seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin.