Game Report: Brewers 7, Cardinals 5
There have pretty much been two constants when the Cardinals came to Miller Park in Milwaukee in recent years, especially when Carlos Martinez was on the mound.
One, the Cardinals were almost certain to hit a home run. Two, Martinez was almost certain to pitch well.
One of those trends continued on Thursday night but the other came crashing down.
Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko homered for the Cardinals, making this the 22nd consecutive game the Cardinals have hit at least one homer in Miller Park.
The blasts weren’t enough to extend the team’s three-game winning streak, however, as Martinez had another rough start, losing in Milwaukee for the first time since July 13, 2014.
With one long homer in the first inning by Travis Shaw, the Brewers scored as many runs, three, as they had scored against Martinez in his last five starts at the ballpark, covering 34 innings. Martinez ended up allowing five runs in five innings.
Here is how the game broke down:
At the plate:
After falling behind 3-0 in the first, the Cardinals promptly tied the game in the second on a bases-loaded triple by Kolten Wong … Carpenter’s homer in the fifth put the Cardinals ahead, but the lead didn’t last. The Brewers had a 7-4 lead before Gyorko’s homer leading off the eighth made it a two-run game. Gyorko also had two doubles and drew a walk, reaching base in all four plate appearances … Wong’s triple was the Cardinals only hit in 14 at-bats with a runner in scoring position ... Dexter Fowler and Carpenter each struck out three times, Fowler going hitless in five at-bats.
On the mound:
Martinez had been 3-0 and the Cardinals had won all five of his most recent starts in Milwaukee as he had allowed just three runs in 34 innings, compiling a 0.79 ERA. He had allowed just one homer in those games, but gave up blasts to Shaw and a two-run homer by Eric Thames in the fifth. He had retired 11 consecutive batters before a single by Jonathan Villar preceded Thames’ homer … Kevin Siegrist also gave up a two-run homer in the sixth … The loss dropped Martinez to 0-3 in four starts this season as his ERA rose to 4.76 … Siegrist’s ERA rose to 9.95.
The 22-game home run streak is the longest in Cardinals’ history for consecutive games with at least one homer in a visiting ballpark. The last game when they did not homer at Miller Park was on Sept. 4, 2014, and dating back to the start of the 2013 season, they have hit at least one homer in 36 of their last 39 games in Milwaukee.
: Before the game the Cardinals placed third baseman Jhonny Peralta on the 10-day disabled list because of an upper respiratory infection. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons was activated from the disabled list, giving the Cardinals an eight-man bullpen and only four bench players … Shaw’s homer was measured at 458 feet … Wong had not driven in three runs in a game since he drove in four runs against the Reds on July 27, 2015.
Adam Wainwright will make his fourth start of the season on Friday night while Wily Peralta will start for the Brewers. Wainwright has lost his first three starts while compiling a 7.24 ERA.