(BaseballStL) — Monday night’s series opener pushed right up to the edge of Tuesday morning, as the Brewers and Cardinals went 12 innings after the score locked at three in the seventh.
It wasn’t until the Khris Davis tripled off Seth Maness that the game’s winning runs found their way home. Davis had struck out four times on the night before finding pay dirt in the 12th.
The Cardinals got one of their three runs in the first, when Matt Carpenter opened the game with a leadoff double. He would be moved to third on Jon Jay’s sacrifice fly, and score on Matt Holliday’s laser of a single.
Both offenses would take the next few innings off, with neither threatening until Milwaukee loaded the bases in the sixth against Michael Wacha. The 22-year-old pitched out of the mess, escaping the frame unscathed.
Holliday would repay him by blasting a 409 foot homer to center field. Allen Craig would follow three batters later, putting a ball into the left field stands to give the Cardinals a three-run lead.
It would last only minutes, as Wacha ran into trouble again in the seventh and was unable to free himself. Jeff Bianchi walked and Elian Herrera singled. Both hitters were in for injured starters, and neither hit above .250.
Wacha had struck out Mark Reynolds on three pitches just moments before, and still appeared to be capable of getting out of the jam.
A pinch-hit single plated Milwaukee's first run, and a Carlos Gomez bunt single reloaded the bases. With Pat Neshek up in the pen, Wacha was unable to best Scooter Gennett and the Brewers had a second run on his single.
It would be the end of Wacha's day, but not the end of trouble. Neshek would strike out Jonathan Lucroy and get ahead of Aramis Ramirez 1-2 before drilling the third baseman in the side and handing Milwaukee the tying run.
In the bottom of the ninth, St. Louis looked primed for a dramatic victory when they loaded the bases after Carpenter beat out a grounder to first. Jay would ground out to end the inning.
In the 10th, Holliday would double, but be neutralized when Peter Bourjos’ bunt would run right to Mark Reynolds. Reynolds turned and caught Holliday in the base path, and Gennett ran him down.
St. Louis got two on before a fly out ended the threat. The 11th came and went without drama, but the 12th brought Maness, and with him Jonathan Lucroy’s leadoff double. Davis would score him with his trouble, and Reynolds would score Davis on a sac fly.
Down two, the Cardinals mounted one last gasp when Yadier Molina picked up a two-out hit, and Craig drew a walk after being behind 0-2.
However, Jhonny Peralta would end the contest when he flew out to center field, giving the Brewers their 19th win.