Game Report: Cardinals split DH with Brewers

By Rob Rains

After winning the first half of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader against the Brewers at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie the night game in the seventh inning.

That’s where the comeback ended, however, as Trevor Rosenthal’s control issues cropped up again leading to three runs as the Brewers earned a split of the doubleheader with an 8-5 victory.

Rosenthal walked the first two batters he faced and failed to retire any of his four hitters. Seung Hwan Oh relieved with the bases loaded and allowed the final two inherited runs to score as the Brewers held on to first place in the NL Central.

In the day game, Jose Martinez, playing with his mother in the stands visiting from Venezuela, hit two homers and Lance Lynn, John Brebbia and Tyler Lyons combined to allow just six hits in a 6-0 shutout.

Here is how the games broke down:

At the plate:
Matt Carpenter’s homer leading off the seventh tied the night game. It was his team-leading 12th of the season … Dexter Fowler’s pinch-hit single capped a two-run sixth which cut the deficit to 5-4. Fowler is now 4-of-6 with 5 RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season … Fowler also had two hits and an RBI in the day game … Martinez had a sacrifice fly in addition to his two solo homers in the day game, giving him three RBIs. He had six in 68 at-bats this season coming into the game.

On the mound:
Lynn threw five scoreless innings in the day game, allowing just three hits. He did walk four but struck out eight. Lyons pitched the final three innings to earn his first career save … Marco Gonzales became only the sixth starter used by the Cardinals in their 63rd game of the season in the night game and failed to get through the fourth inning, allowing three homers and five runs … Brebbia got the final out of the inning and Brett Cecil and Kevin Siegrist kept the Brewers from adding to their lead as the Cardinals rallied to tie the game before Rosenthal relieved.

Key stat:
Carpenter was 3-of-5 in the night game with a single, double and home run, driving in two. In the day game he was 1-of-3, an RBI double. In the seven games since he moved back into the leadoff spot he is 11-of-28, a .393 average, with three homers and eight RBIs.

Worth noting: 
Chad Huffman’s pinch-hit triple in the first game was his first hit in the major leagues since June 27, 2010, for the Dodgers, a span of 2,543 days … After missing the three games over the weekend with tightness in his back, Yadier Molina caught the day game and went 1-of-4 … Before the game the Cardinals recalled pitcher Sam Tuivailala from Memphis, returning to carrying 13 pitchers. Infielder Paul DeJong had been optioned to Memphis on Monday … DeJong hit his 12th homer in his return to Memphis Tuesday night while Randal Grichuk was 0-of-4, dropping his average to .211 … The Cardinals officially granted Jhonny Peralta his unconditional release on Tuesday, making him a free agent … Mike Matheny became a grandfather on Tuesday and his son Tate’s wife Margaret gave birth to a boy, who was named Ryker ..Jedd Gyorko had to play left field for the first time in his career in a double switch in the eghth inning of the night game and caught two fly balls. 

Looking ahead: Mike Leake will get the start in the third game of the series on Wednesday night while Matt Garza is scheduled to start for the Brewers.

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