Game Report: Brewers 3, Cardinals 1

A two-out walk to the pitcher and a three-run homer turned out to be a bad combination for Luke Weaver and the Cardinals Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

Weaver had retired the first eight batters he faced before walking Matt Garza on a 3-2 pitch. Jonathan Villar followed with a double before Kirk Nieuwenhuis slammed the three-run homer, handing the loss to Weaver despite his 10 strikeouts in his six innings of work.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
The Cardinals had only three hits, two of them by Yadier Molina. Molina’s second hit was a home run in the fourth inning, which set a franchise record for the Cardinals of 20 consecutive games with at least one home run. They had done that in 19 games in 2006. They became the third team to do that this season, joining the Padres (25 games) and Red Sox (22 games) … The homer also gave the Cardinals at least one homer in 21 consecutive games in Milwaukee and was the 46th they hit in August … The Cardinals’ only other hit was a leadoff single by Greg Garcia in the eighth, when they loaded the bases with two outs but saw the threat end when Jhonny Peralta flew out to center.

On the mound:
Weaver’s 10 strikeouts were the most by a Cardinals rookie since Shelby Miller on June 12, 2013. He also became the first rookie to record 10 strikeouts in one of his first four starts since Alan Benes in 1995 …Weaver’s final strikeout allowed him to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. Only one of his 18 outs came on a ground ball. Miquel Socolovich pitched the seventh and Jonathan Broxton the eighth, each retiring the Brewers in order ... It was the second time in the last five games the Cardinals lost despite allowing only four hits.

Key stat:
The Cardinals once again failed in their chance to get to a season-high 10 games over .500. It was the sixth time they needed a win to reach that plateau only to lose the game.

Of note:
The Cardinals will send position player prospects Carson Kelly, Harrison Bader and Paul DeJong to the Arizona Fall League. Joining them will be three relief pitchers, Corey Littrell, Ryan Sherriff and Rowan Wick. The team still has a pitcher’s slot to be announced. The organization’s representatives will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs … The State College Spikes announced Wednesday they have signed a new two-year working agreement with the Cardinals the 2017 and 2018 seasons … Former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa has begun serving his 46-month sentence for hacking into the Astros computer database. He reported to the federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland.

Looking ahead:
Thursday will be the last day off for the Cardinals until Sept. 22. They begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days on Friday in the opener of a three-game series in Cincinnati. Alex Reyes will make his second career start while Anthony DeSclafani will start for the Reds.