By: Jim Tsapelas
Cardinals’ starter, Mike Leake, looking for redemption from his first season start on April 6th, when he took the loss in a five to one game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, gets a no decision on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers got on the board in the top of the first inning, when Domingo Santana scored on a ground rule double by Jonathan Lucroy. The Cardinals returned the scoring favor in home half of the first as Matt Holliday and Stephen Piscotty scored on a Randal Grichuk double. A Yadier Molina single scored Grichuk.
The Redbirds three to one lead stayed intact until the top of the fifth inning. The Brewers plated one run in the fourth, and two runs in the fifth, to take the lead; Milwaukee four-St. Louis three.
Playing from behind, Cardinals hopes for a victory came alive in the eighth when Brandon Moss hit a pinch hit home run. The home run was the fourth pinch hit home run hit by a Cardinal player this season; it was Moss’ second home run of the 2016 season.
The four to four tie was broken in the ninth, with Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) on the mound; Milwaukee’s Kirk Nieuwenhuis, pinch hitting for the Brewers’ pitcher Michael Blazek, walked and scored on a home run by Domingo Santana. On his was to his first loss of the 2016 season, Rosenthal threw thirty-three pitches in two-thirds of an inning. Rosenthal was relieved by Seth Maness to get the last out of the inning.
Leake worked six innings, allowed eight hits, four earned runs, walked one, and struck out six. Brewers’ starter Chase Anderson pitch six innings, allowed four hits, three unearned runs, walked two and struck out four. Nether starter figured in the final outcome of the game.
Milwaukee reliever Michael Blazek picks up his first win of the season. The Brewers’ Jeremy Jeffress secures his fourth save.
The two teams experience a quick turnaround to play a day game on Thursday. Two winless hurlers face one another at a 12:45PM game, Thursday, at Busch. The Brewers’ Wily Peralta (0-2) faces The Birds’ Jaime Garcia (0-0).
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