Khris Davis struck out four times in six plate appearances, but the one time the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder reached base Monday night, it cost the St. Louis Cardinals. Davis’ RBI triple in the top of the 12th inning plated the game’s winning run. Mark Reynolds followed with a sac fly, bringing Davis home to cap the scoring in the Brewers 5-3 victory. Zach Duke blanked the Cards over his two innings of relief work to improve to 2-0 and Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning to notch his 12th save of the season. Matt Holliday and Allen Craig provided all of the Redbirds offense in the loss. Holliday went 3-for-6 with a home run and a pair of RBI, while Craig also homered in a losing cause. Seth Maness was charged with the loss after allowing two runs in his lone inning of relief work.
Wacha Sharp Before Being Chased in 7th Inning
Cardinals righty Michael Wacha was sharp through his first five innings of work, holding the Brewers to just three hits while fanning seven and walking just one. He started to show some fatigue in the sixth inning, hitting a pair of batters and allowing a hit before punching out Khris Davis to end the frame. Wacha was sent back out to the mound in the top half of the seventh and started the frame with his ninth punch out. Then it all went wrong. Jeff Bianchi drew a one-out walk and then Elian Herrera, Lyle Overbay, Carlos Gomez and Scooter Gennett hit consecutive singles to cut the Cardinals lead to 3-2. Pat Neshek was summoned from the bullpen but couldn’t hold the lead. The Cards specialist hit Aramis Ramirez with a slider to force the tying run across the plate. He retired Davis to end the inning and close the book on Wacha, who took a no-decision after tossing six and one-third innings of three-run ball.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny admitted that he considered taking Wacha out after six innings, but decided to stick with his young pitcher because of his “stuff”.
“I thought Wacha looked pretty good,” Matheny said. “We like his ability to get out of tough spots when you have swing-and-miss stuff like has.”
The Cardinals didn’t fade quietly into the night after letting the lead slip away either. St. Louis put runners in scoring position in both the ninth and tenth innings but couldn’t push the winning run across the plate. The combination of losing a lead and missing chances made the loss one of the most frustrating of the season according the Cardinals skipper.
“This is as tough a one as we’ve had all year”, Matheny said. “It’s not very often we have had a three run lead here recently and to not hold on to it and having a couple other chances, its just a tough one.”
Lynn Gets The Ball for Game Two
The Redbirds will look to even the series tomorrow night behind Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.30 ERA.) Lynn suffered his first loss of the season his last time out, despite limiting the New York Mets to just two runs over six and a third innings of work at Citi Field. Milwaukee, meanwhile, will turn to Kyle Lohse (4-1, 2.38 ERA) as they try to extend their lead over the Cardinals in the division to 6.5 games. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.