Game Report: Cardinals 4, Brewers 2
By Rob Rains
After fouling three balls off his shin and top of his foot in his first two at-bats Tuesday night, Matt Holliday pounded a ball in the other direction, over the left-center wall, for a two-run homer which sparked the Cardinals over the Brewers for their fourth consecutive win.
Here is how the game broke down:
At the plate:
Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta allowed just two baserunners over the first five innings, on an error and a walk, before walking Matt Carpenter with one out in the sixth. One out later, Holliday slammed the first pitch from Peralta, a 95 mile per hour fastball, for his 19th homer… The Cardinals added single runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Carpenter and in the eighth on an RBI single by Matt Adams… Carpenter’s RBI was his 70th of the year and 62nd while hitting leadoff, the most by the Cardinals’ leadoff hitter since Garry Templeton also drove in 62 in 1979 … Yadier Molina went 0-for-3 with a walk and saw his batting average fall to .318, the lowest it has been since he was hitting .313 on April 30.
On the mound:
Shelby Miller was matching the zeros from Peralta as he pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits while walking two and striking out four. The win was his 13th of the season. The last Cardinal rookie with more than 13 wins was Dick Hughes with 16 in 1967 … Miller is now 3-0 against the Brewers this year and has allowed just three runs in 25 innings… Miller also has not allowed a run in his last 12 2/3 innings at Busch Stadium, and lowered his ERA at home this year to 1.76 (16 runs in 81 2/3 innings … Kevin Siegrist relieved Miller with a runner on second and struck out Norichika Aoki to finish the seventh. It was his 18th consecutive scoreless appearance … Trevor Rosenthal allowed one walk while striking out three in the eighth but Edward Mujica lost the bid to complete the shutout when he allowed a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Logan Schafer with one out in the ninth.
The 6 2/3 shutout innings by Miller extended the current scoreless streak from Cardinals’ starting pitchers to 21 2/3 innings. In their last four games, starters Joe Kelly, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha and Miller combined have allowed just one run in 27 2/3 innings … “It’s been pretty impressive to watch,” said manager Mike Matheny. “They’ve all kicked it into a different gear.” … The home run from Holliday was his 12th out of the 19 this year which has come in the sixth inning of a game or later. He has 10 RBI in just 31 at-bats since Sept. 1.
The Pirates held on to win 5-4 at Texas, remaining one game behind the Cardinals… The Cardinals expect they will get more information on when Allen Craig might be able to play after he has another visit to the doctor’s office on Thursday … Jason Motte has begun a very light throwing program, tossing 20 baseballs into a net every other day as his recovery from Tommy John surgery continues … Tuesday night’s attendance of 35,050 was the second smallest of the year at Busch Stadium… The only Cardinals’ affiliate to qualify for the playoffs, the short-season State College Spikes, won the first game of the New York-Penn League championship series Tuesday night over Tri-City, 2-1 in 11 innings … Former Cardinal Brendan Ryan will not be back in town this weekend with Seattle after all. He was traded to the Yankees Tuesday night for a player to be named later.
Lance Lynn, who has lost his last five decisions, will start for the Cardinals Wednesday night against the Brewers’ Marco Estrada.