(BaseballStL) — It was an evening of nightmare innings for the Cardinals and Brewers. Some, like the bottom half of the first, went quickly.
Yadier Molina, a career Kyle Lohse killer, added to his history of success against his former battery mate Tuesday, when he gave St. Louis a three-run lead.
After Matt Carpenter struck out, Allen Craig drew an eight-pitch walk after fouling off a pair of sinkers. Matt Adams moved him to third with a gap double in left center, and set the table for Molina’s 17th at bat against Lohse.
The star catcher took the third pitch 406 feet on a line into the stands for his 10th hit in 18 at bats against the Milwaukee starter.
The Brewers, reminiscent of Monday night, gave the Cards a horror-show of an inning themselves in the fourth. This one took awhile.
Scooter Gennett skipped a ball off Lynn's glove for a manufactured infield single. He moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a Khris Davis groundout and scored on Lyle Overbay's single into right field.
Then a walk to Mark Reynolds. Jeff Bianchi followed with a what looked like an inning-ending double play, but he outran the throw to first. Then another walk, this time to load the bases for Lohse.
He looped a 2-2 pitch into short left, scoring two to tie the game at 3-3.
Offensive silence would reign until the seventh, when the Brewers plated another run. This time it was their turn to strike quickly, in the form of a Carlos Gomez laser shot to left field for his sixth home run.
The Cardinals would find a response in the bottom half, turning a Carpenter fielder’s choice into a run when Allen Craig tripled down the right field line. St. Louis had the lead 90 feet away, and Matt Holliday took first on an intentional walk.
Both Adams and Molina would fail to finish the task, however, as they struck out back-to-back to leave Craig at third and the game tied at four runs apiece.
The final inning was more like a recurring nightmare for the Cardinals. Kevin Siegrist, on for his second inning of work in the 11th, gave up a leadoff double to Khris Davis. The ball was a near carbon-copy of Monday's Jonathan Lucroy double, going down the left field line and careening off the wall.
Overbay failed twice to bunt Davis over, then promptly singled up the middle for the game-winning RBI.
The Cardinals responded feebly- with Daniel Descalso's soft-rolling single the only flair of life in the bottom half.
As a team, they struck out 17 times.