Game Report: Brewers 7, Cardinals 6

By Rob Rains

Falling behind 6-0 before their fourth batter of the game had come to the plate was more than the Cardinals could overcome Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

They tried, cutting the deficit to 6-4 and later to 7-6, but still lost to the Brewers for the second time in the first three games of this series.

The Cardinals have not rallied to win a game they trailed by more than four runs this season.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
The Cardinals scored four times in the second inning, cutting into the Brewers’ 6-0 lead. Jose Martinez doubled in two runs and Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter also added RBI doubles … After stranding runners at first and second in the inning, the Cardinals did not have another hit until Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth, his seventh of the season … Their only baserunners between the second and eighth came on three walks and when Carpenter was hit by a pitch.

On the mound:
Leadoff walks in each of the first two innings started the problems for Mike Leake, who gave up a two-run homer to Eric Thames in the first before the Brewers scored four times in the second, the bit hits a two-run double by Eric Sogard and an RBi double by Thames. Leake settled down and did not allow any additional runs through the sixth inning … The Brewers final run scored in the seventh off Kevin Siegrist.

Key stat: Leake had allowed only two runs combined in the first two innings in his first 12 starts this season. In his four-game losing streak, he has allowed 17 earned runs in 24 2/3 innings, an ERA of 6.20.

Worth noting:
Wong had to come out of the game in the sixth inning because of tightness in his right forearm, which also forced him out of a game last week during his rehab assignment at Peoria … The Cardinals had only allowed a total of two runs in the first inning in their first 34 home games this season prior to Wednesday night … The game was interrupted by rain for 50 minutes in the seventh inning and again for an hour in the bottom of the eighth … Randal Grichuk hit his first homer for Memphis on Wednesday, one of six in the game for the Redbirds. Jack Flaherty earned his first Triple A victory, striking out 10 in six innings … Magneuris Sierra hit his first homer of the year for Springfield Wednesday night with an inside the park homer.

Looking ahead:
The Cardinals will wrap up the series and homestand with a 6:15 p.m. game on Thursday night. Michael Wacha will start against the Brewers’ Zach Davies.

Follow Rob Rains on Twitter @RobRains