Wacha struggles in relief appearance vs. Brewers - KMOV.com

Wacha struggles in relief appearance vs. Brewers

(BaseballStL) -- Rookie pitcher Michael Wacha had a growing pain on Monday night. That pain was delivered by the Brewers offense in the seventh inning with the Cardinals ahead by two runs.

Making his third relief appearance, the Brewers jumped on Wacha’s fastball after being unable to  locate his change-up to take a 5-4 lead when it was all said and done.

The inning began with Jean Segura reaching base as Wacha airmailed the throw over Allen Craig’s head. Jonathan Lucroy drove in Segura from second base with a single and his second RBI of the game.

Following a visit to the mound, Aramis Ramirez sent a 94-mph fastball over the left field wall to take a one-run lead on his 6th home run of the season. Wacha got out of the inning without allowing another run.

The Brewers scored a total of three runs on four hits against Wacha in the inning. He threw 30 pitches -- 18 for strikes -- to get out of the seventh.

Wacha was taken off the hook the next inning after the Cardinals scored four runs for an 8-5 lead and, oddly enough, became the game’s winning pitcher. It was his second career victory.

Wacha had been sharp in two previous relief appearances, both scoreless, while he struck out seven batters in three innings of relief prior to Monday. He threw a total of 42 pitches in the previous two outings -- the last coming on Saturday against the Cubs.

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