Cardinals continue dominance over Brewers this year
The Saint Louis Cardinals scored four runs in the eighth inning last night to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 at Miller Park. The Brewers dropped their fifth straight home game to the Redbirds. The Crew is now 2-and-9 against the Cards this season. Aramis Ramirez belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to put Milwaukee up by one. Matt Adams tied the game in the eighth with a pinch-hit R-B-I single. Matt Carpenter drove in the game-winner with a single. And David Freese added a pinch-hit two-run double to cap off the rally. Brandon Kintzler gave up all four runs and took the loss in relief. He’s now 3-and-1. Cards’ reliever Michael Wacha got the win, and is now 2-and-0. Edward Mujica earned his 32nd save. Saint Louis out-hit the Brewers 16-to-11. Yadier Molina went 4-for-5 for the Cards with a double, an R-B-I, and a run scored. Carlos Beltran and John Jay homered, as Saint Louis remains a game behind first-place Pittsburgh in the National League Central. Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with two R-B-I’s and a run scored, as the Crew fell back into fifth-and-last place in the Central after a two-day respite in fourth. Norichika Aoki joined Ramirez in Milwaukee’s home run department. The Brewers will host the Cardinals again tonight. Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts for Milwaukee against right-hander Lance Lynn.
Brewers’ outfielder Carlos Gomez could play again as early as tomorrow, after he sprained his right knee last week on a catch at the center-field wall. He started running yesterday, and he expects to do a little more today. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said Gomez is ahead of schedule with his recovery. The skipper said the All-Star ran well, and he did fine in batting practice. Gomez remains on the roster, but the Brewers might have to make a move this week for a different reason. Reliever Rob Wooten will be gone tomorrow through Friday, when his wife Katie is expected to have the couple’s first child. He’ll be placed on the official paternity list, but Roenicke said a decision has not been made about bringing up somebody from Triple-“A” during Wooten’s absence. Wooten was called up last month. He became only the second pitcher in Brewers’ history to start his big league career with 10 scoreless innings before he gave up a run to Cincinnati last Friday night. That ended a scoreless string of 11. Also, Roenicke celebrated his 57th birthday yesterday. He spent part of the day with his son Lance, who’s in the Brewers’ minor league system at Class-“A” Brevard County.