Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

The Cardinals battled the Brewers in a critical five-game series, splitting the two doubleheaders on Monday and Wednesday each with a hard earned victory and tough loss, ultimately losing the series 3-2.

Game one remained scoreless through seven innings for the Cardinals and Brewers. Kwang-hyun Kim pitched seven innings for St. Louis, striking out six batters. Headed into extra innings, Cardinals’ Tommy Edman pounced on a pitch in the top of the eighth and drove the ball up the middle, scoring Tyler O’Neill.

Edman’s RBI gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the inning. Ryan Helsley gave up a hard hit ball to Brewers’ Ryan Braun, which scored Tyrone Taylor. Keston Hiura hit a shot into left field that was caught by O’Neill. Avisail Garcia scored off the sac-fly, ending the game for the Cardinals in a 2-1 loss. 

Daniel Ponce De Leon pitched strong in the opening of the second game for the redbirds, throwing five strikeouts and retiring six straight batters through the first two innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Ponce De Leon gave up a two-run home run to Jedd Gyorko, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

O’Neill responded to the Brewers lead in the fifth with a bases-loaded infield hit, scoring Edman to put the Cardinals on the board. Brad Miller delivered in the seventh inning with a shallow line drive, scoring Paul Goldschmidt to tie the game. In the top of the ninth, Paul DeJoung hit a go ahead single, scoring Edman again. The Cardinals won the game 3-2, splitting the first double header with the Brewers.

The Cardinals fell victim to the same offensive power the Brewers carried in a 19-0 victory against the Detroit Tigers a few weeks earlier, and they lost 18-3 in the third game of the series.

The Cardinals ended their series against the Brewers with another doubleheader on Wednesday. Power hitting by Miller and O’Neill sealed the 4-2 victory in game four. In the top of the second, O’neill blasted a solo shot that put the Cardinals on the board that came after a two-run homer by Hiura in the first. In the fourth, O’Neill hit a high flyball into right field. Ben Gamel made the catch, but Goldschmidt tagged up and scored to tie the game. An opposite field double by Edman scored Harrison Bader, and Miller’s solo home run gave the Cardinals their last two runs, ending the fourth game 4-2.

The last game of the series on Wednesday left the Cardinals scoreless to the Brewers in a 6-0 game. Johan Oviedo gave up a three-run home run to Braun, then a two-run home run to Jacob Nottingham. 

After splitting wins and losses with the Brewers in both doubleheaders, the Cardinals lost the series 3-2. Despite being tied with the Reds in the division standings as of Wednesday, the Cardinals still remain a game ahead of the Brewers in the division, as well as in the wildcard race. The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh next to face the Pirates in another five game series, set to start on Thursday night at 6:05pm, followed by a doubleheader on Friday and a game on Saturday and on Sunday.

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