Game 42 Recap: Cardinals rally to tie game in 6th, lose game in 10th
Jeff Bianchi, who made just his second start for the team since he came back from the disabled list on May 2nd with bursitis in his left hip, drove in two runs with a single in the 10th inning in what proved to be the games game winning hit following a pitch from the hands of St. Louis' Joe Kelly.
The Cardinals got the scoring party started in the bottom half of the second inning as Pete Kozma singled to center to drive in Allen Craig and then Matt Carpenter walked with the bases loaded to bring in David Freese from third base. Following four unanswered runs from Milwaukee to give them a 4-2 lead, Carpenter and Jon Jay both rallied St. Louis to tie the game up with both having RBI singles in the sixth inning.
Following Jay's RBI single, neither team could muster another run in the contest until the heroics from Bianchi in the extra inning as both teams bullpen did an excellent job to keep it that way.
Lance Lynn got the start for the home team as he pitched five innings and gave up four runs on eight hits--leading him to a no decision. Joe Kelly recieved the loss as he gave up two runs on three hits in his one lone inning of work following one walk and three hits--dropping his record to 0-2 for the 2013 season.
Marco Estrada, who started for the Brewers, pitched 5 2/3 innings in the game as he recieved a no decision as well. Marco gave up four runs on seven hits and four walks. John Henderson closed the bottom of the tenth off to pick up his eighth save on the year as he pitched a perfect frame in just ten pitches total.
Braun finished up the night at the plate 3-for-5 with two RBIs for the Brew Crew, who out-hit the Cardinals 13-to-10 on the night. This was just the second time all season that Milwaukee managed to out hit St. Louis in a head-to-head matchup as they are 2-0 when they do. The Cardinals fell to 8-2 against their division-rival in the head-to-head department for the year.
Game 43 Recap: Cardinals defeat Kyle Lohse again, win rubber match 4-2
The Cardinals got RBI's from the likes of Yadier Molina, Jon Jay, David Freese, and Pete Kozma as they improved the best record in all of baseball to 28-15 overall -- with all of the runs coming against former ace Kyle Lohse.
Lohse, who went 16-3 last season with the Cardinals, fell to 0-3 on the season against his former team and to 1-5 overall for the season. He gave up four runs in six innings of work, and is now 0-4 over his last five starts.
The Cardinals front office said they opted to go with the younger arms as they replaced Lohse in the rotation with this years' rookie sensation, Shelby Miller. John Gast made his second start of his MLB career this afternoon since replacing Jake Westbrook as he went to the disabled-list -- and he improved to 2-0 with an all-around, good performance.
Gast pitched 5 1/3 innings in the win and gave up two runs on four hits. He also struck out five batters while walking just two. Rookie relief man Seth Maness turned himself into a hero today as well as he entered in the seventh inning with bases loaded and nobody out -- and some how, some way, he got out of it without allowing a single run. Seth pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up no runs and finished with two strikeouts.
As the top of the ninth inning started, everybody knew who was coming in to close it out. Edward Mujica continued his dominance in the ninth as he once again pitched a perfect frame for his 13th save -- in 13 opportunities -- and he did it in just eleven pitches. Following the perfect frame, Mujica improved his streak to 19 straight batters without one of them reaching base.
Milwaukee didn't plate accross a run in this contest until the top half of the sixth as both Yunel Betancourt and the hero from Saturday, Jeff Bianchi, had RBI singles to cut the lead in half and make it 4-2. The Brewers seen their record fall to 17-25 on the season as they are now 10.5 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central division race.
Manager Mike Matheny and the Cardinals improved to 9-2 overall against the Brew Crew this season in the head-to-head department and the team will be traveling to California this evening to get ready for tomorrow night's series opener against the San Diego Padres, where they will see another former starting pitcher in the likes of Jason Marquis. Shelby Miller will be on the mound for the Cardinals as the opener will deliver the first pitch at 9:10 pm Central Time.