BREWERS ROUNDUP: Cardinals offense comes alive late to defeat Milwaukee 4-2
Wily Peralta took a no-hitter into the sixth inning last night, but it fell apart as the Milwaukee Brewers lost at Saint Louis 4-to-2. Matt Holliday belted a two-run homer with two out in the sixth inning to give the Cards their first hit. Matt Carpenter and Mike Adams had R-B-I singles in the seventh-and-eighth frames to close out their scoring. Logan Schafer produced Milwaukee's only offense with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth. Peralta went six-and-two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on two hits while striking out seven. He took the loss, falling to 9-and-15. Peralta has now lost five-of-his-last-six decisions. Cardinals' rookie Shelby Miller pitched six-and-two-thirds scoreless innings for the win. He improved to 13-and-9, and has given up just three earned runs in 25 innings against Milwaukee. The Brewers are now a half-game out of last place in the National League Central, and their next loss will assure them of a losing season. The Cardinals maintained their one-game lead over Pittsburgh in the Central Division. The Brewers and Redbirds will play again tonight at Busch Stadium. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces Saint Louis righty Lance Lynn.
The Brewers will go with a six-man starting rotation for the rest of the season. Manager Ron Roenicke said last night it would give him a chance to further evaluate rookies Johnny Hellweg and Tyler Thornburg. They'll get at least three more starts along with Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse, Wily Peralta, and Marco Estrada. The Brewers are scheduled to play every day for the remaining 19 days of the season, with no more days off. Roenicke says he also hopes to give Triple-"A" call-up Jimmy Nelson a start before the year's over. Nelson is currently in the bullpen. Meanwhile, Brewers' outfielder Khris Davis missed his fourth straight game last night with inflammation in his left wrist. Roenicke said Davis is still sore -- and the skipper says he's disappointed he's missing so much time. For now, he's day-to-day.
Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmerman won his National League-leading 17th game for the Washington Nationals last night, as they beat the Mets in New York 6-to-3. Zimmermann, a former U-W Stevens Point star from Auburndale, gave up three runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. He also walked a batter, as he improved to 17-and-8 on the year.