(BaseballStL) —Trevor Rosenthal entered for the save, surviving two base runners in the ninth.
After a soft fly ball for the first out, he walked Weeks. The closer mixed his pitches in an impossible recipe to Parra offering curveballs, change ups, and fastballs in an unpredictable order.
The leadoff man struck out, leaving Lucroy as the last man standing.
A tense at bat followed as the stud catcher worked a 3-2 count. He would walk on a pitch in the dirt, bringing up rookie Jason Rodgers. Rosenthal got him to fly out to right, ending the game.
The Cardinals held on all game, winning 3-2 to take a four game lead in the division. The win guarantees they leave Milwaukee in first place.
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Matt Carpenter made it a three-hit night when he led off the ninth with a single, moving to second on a Jon Jay walk.
The two runners prompted the Brewers to go to the pen, bringing out Brandon Kintzler to face Matt Holliday.
The left fielder smoked a ball toward short, but he hit it so hard Carpenter couldn’t evade it. Holliday would reach on the single, but Carpenter would be the first out, having been hit by the ball.
A wild pitch moved both runners up, with Jay at third and Holliday at second for Jhonny Peralta. The shortstop would walk, loading the bases for Molina.
He flew out to right and the Cardinals decided to test Parra’s arm, sending Jon Jay. The Milwaukee outfielder made a picture perfect throw, cutting down Jay to end the inning. Matheny would challenge the play based on the perception there was no lane for Jay to slide in, but the call would stand.
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Pat Neshek’s eighth inning got off to a rocky start when Aramis Ramirez reached on a throwing error from Scruggs.
A soft grounder drew the first baseman to his right, but when he threw to Neshek running to the bag, he lofted it over his head.
Khris Davis followed on a soft liner over Wong’s head to make it two on with no outs. The Brewers pinch ran for Ramirez with Hector Gomez and pinch hit for Overbay, sending Martin Maldonado to the plate with the tying run 180 feet away.
He attempted to bunt the runners over, but popped the ball in the air. Neshek caught it, turned to second and pumped. When he decided to throw, it sailed high, but Peter Bourjos backed the play up and everyone stayed put.
Logan Schafer stepped in and caught a sinker with everything he had, sending it soaring out to center. Bourjos raced back, running at full tilt. As the ball flew toward the wall, the Cardinal speedster stuck out his mitt and leapt as high as he could.
Against all probability, he arrived in time. The ball fell into his mitt as he crashed into the wall, coming up with the game-saving catch of the season. He rolled on the dirt, steadied himself and fired the ball in.
Each runner remained in place, and Neshek had one more out to get. He coaxed a Segura fly ball to left, and the inning was over
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Kolten Wong reached with a one-out single in the eighth, staying put as Scruggs struck out behind him.
With Peter Bourjos at the plate, Wong took off for second. Bourjos swung and hit a ball right to where Weeks would have been standing, but the second baseman was drawn to the bag on the steal.
The ball scooted through, and A.J. Pierzynski pinch hit with two on. Jonathon Broxton got him to chase high heat for strike three, ending the inning.
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Maness got a ground out to begin the seventh, but pinch hitter Matt Clark reached on a single into center field.
Rickie Weeks grounded into a would-be double play, but Carlos Gomez- who pinch ran for Clark- slid hard and took out Kolten Wong.
Parra continued his hot night, singling to move Weeks to third and leave men at the corners for Lucroy. Mike Matheny went to Carlos Martinez for the final out.
The rookie got the All Stat Milwaukee catcher to pop up foul to first base, ending the inning.
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The in the sixth, the Brewers made a replacement for Scooter Gennett and it paid off. Rickie Weeks stood in to face Marco Gonzales, and quickly cut the two-run Cardinal lead in half with one swing.
On the first pitch of the at bat, Weeks crushed a sinker deep to center field to make the game 3-2.
Gonzales would get a strikeout next, but when Lucroy beat out an infield grounder Mike Matheny went to the pen.
Jason Motte came in to face Aramis Ramirez, and the former Cub reached base when he stuck his bat out and poked a ball softly into right.
Khris Davis crushed a ball and sent it screaming toward the right field wall, but once again Jon Jay saved the day.
The utility outfielder raced the ball down on a dead sprint, jumping to grab it at the wall and save at leas the tying run. Neither runner advanced, and Motte was tasked with getting pinch hitter Lyle Overbay for the final out.
The former saves leader walked him on four pitches, leaving things up to Seth Maness in from the pen. The pitcher who has been in more big spots than he can count got Logan Schafer to pop out foul to left, stranding the bases loaded.
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Matt Holliday reached in the third after getting hit for the 17th time this season. That number leads the National League and breaks the tie with teammate Jon Jay.
An out followed, but Yadier Molina drew a two-strike walk to put two on for Kolten Wong.
With a 3-2 count and two out, the rookie second baseman slapped a ball the other way. It went through the whole at short, scoring Holliday and bringing up Scruggs for the second time.
He was hit by the second pitch to load the bases for Peter Bourjos.
The center fielder chased a ball on the outside half for the third out, ending the inning at 3-1.
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Worn out or not, Jonathan Lucroy proved he’s still a dangerous presence in the lineup when he doubled home a run for the Brewers.
After Michael Wacha got a quick first out, he surrendered a two-strike single to Gerardo Parra. With a man on first, Lucroy took a pitch the other way into the right field corner. Parra would come around to score on the shot and Aramis Ramirez’s groundout would move Lucroy to third with two outs.
Khris Davis would put a scare into a ball, lining it into shallow right. It looked to be a game-tying shot, but Jon Jay came storming in and dove, snaring the ball before it hit the ground.
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The Cardinals got off the plane and got to work right away in Milwaukee, getting both Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay on base to start off the first.
After back-to-back singles, Matt Holliday picked up one of his own to load the bases for Jhonny Peralta.
The Cardinal shortstop flew out to right, but Yadier Molina stepped in and did some damage.
On a 1-1 count, the catcher lined a ball over short, scoring Carpenter. Jose Oquendo decided to test Khris Davis’ arm and sent Jay right behind him.
The throw came in on target, but Jay’s slide beat the tag, putting the Cardinals up 2-0.
Kolten Wong popped out for the second out, which brought up Xavier Scruggs in his major league debut.
He lined out to second to end the inning, stranding two.