Homers from Taveras, Adams power Cards over Brewers 5-3
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 6: Gerardo Parra #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers slides safely home against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on September 6, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images) By Tom Lynn
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 6: Gerardo Parra #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers raises his fist after hitting a double against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on September 6, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images) By Tom Lynn
MILWAUKEE - The St. Louis Cardinals rode two, two-run homers and outstanding bullpen work to a 5-3 win Saturday in a crucial game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
But it wasn't all pretty. The Cards made three first inning errors - two on one play - and couldn't muster a base runner after the fourth inning as the Brewers set down the last 17 Redbirds in a row.
But their last hit was the difference, a towering two-run bomb by Oscar Taveras, a man playing with a chip on his shoulder according to skipper Mike Matheny.
Taveras has been frustrated recently,
Matheny said before the game. The emergence of Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk has cut into his playing time, something Taveras is not used to.
"He's had nothing but success until now," Matheny said. "Now he's having to work hard and make adjustments. He's not used to being taken out for another hitter. He's used to being that hitter."
But, Matheny said, the youngster has responded. "I saw an edge there (during a recent at bat ). After he got a hit and came back to the dugout he gave me a high five," a gesture Matheny saw as more evidence of the attitude he saw.
The Redbirds skipper said the competition for playing time has made everyone that much better.
Taveras said he knew Brewer pitch Kyle Lohse had an excellent change up so he was ready for it with Kolten Wong on second in the fourth.
"I feel very comfortable up there," Taveras said through an interpreter. "I've been working very hard in the cages."
Matheny was pleased both by his performance and his attitude.
"It's all part of the process. It would be great to get everybody hot and just ride 'em."
Cards starter Lance Lynn dodged bullets - and baseballs - all night.
He finished six shaky innings, surrendering five hits and three walks but just one earned run in 114 pitches.
He pitched around two unearned runs due to three errors in the first inning, a bags loaded jam in the fourth and back to back lead off walks in the fifth.
"I threw more four-seamers today," Lynn said after the game. "Early the sinker was cutting back across the middle more than I wanted. So I switched the four seam and tried to read the swings."
In addition to the unearned runs in the first inning, Lynn took a physical beating as well. He was hit by a Kyle Lohse fastball in his first st bat and then on a batted ball by Scooter Gennett in the third.
But the big right hander kept his composure through the errors, the bruises and an occasional loss of control.
"When you've thrown (about) five pitches and there's three errors and two runs, that not the game plan you prepared for. But these things happen. The whole night was a grind."