(BaseballStL) — St. Louis’ trouble in the field kept the Cardinals from coming up with the sweep Wednesday.
Through a combination of poor fielding and mistake pitches, the team surrendered four unearned runs. In the third, Matt Adams misplayed a grounder at first from Logan Schafer. Brewers starter Wily Peralta bunted him over to second and Carlos Gomez sent him home with a gap double two pitches into the at bat.
Kelly caught a good portion of the plate to Gomez, who was 5-for-16 against him to that point. Regardless, Schafer’s presence on base resulted in the first run of the game.
In the fifth, Seth Maness came in to relieve for the injured Kelly who left with left hamstring tightness. Maness recorded two quick outs, getting a grounder and a strike out in seven pitches. Peralta came to bat with two out, promptly lining a ball to Cardinal shortstop Jhonny Peralta. It went off the St. Louis Peralta’s glove into the outfield, and the Milwaukee pitcher was aboard on the error.
Maness got ahead of Gomez 1-2 before walking him on a 3-2 pitch that narrowly missed the corner. Jean Segura then hit the first pitch he saw in the hole to Peralta, who fielded it but had nowhere to throw.
Suddenly the bases were loaded and Milwaukee had one of the best hitting catchers in the game at the plate in Jonathan Lucroy.
Maness was ahead 0-2 before feeding a fastball to the Brewer backstop that he popped through for a single and two runs. Aramis Ramirez scored another runner with his single into left field, making it three unearned runs.
“Both errors ended up hurting us pretty big,” Mike Matheny told reporters in Milwaukee after the game. “In game like this, where we’re not stacking up a bunch of runs, defensive plays can come back and bite you and it did today.”
After 10 runs in the first two games, the Cardinal offense had trouble in the finale. Despite having nine hits, St. Louis hitters didn’t have an extra base hit outside of Allen Craig's solo home run. They struck out five times and left 14 runners on base.
The Cardinals now have 13 errors in 15 games, third in the National League. Last season they committed 75, tied for best in the league with Arizona.
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