Game Report: Brewers 6, Cardinals 5

The knowledge the Cardinals came just inches away from a go-ahead, two-run homer by Randal Grichuk in the ninth inning on Wednesday only magnified the importance of two earlier errors which helped the Brewers to the victory.

A throwing error by Carlos Martinez set up a three-run second for the Brewers and a fielding error by Matt Carpenter in the sixth preceded a two-run homer by Jonathan Villar.

The errors led to three of Milwaukee’s six runs off Martinez being unearned and offset another big day from Tommy Pham, who hit two home runs to account for four of the Cardinals’ runs.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
The Cardinals had only five hits and three of them were home runs. Pham followed a walk to Matt Carpenter with his first homer of the day in the first, and he hit his second of the game in the eighth following a pinch-hit single by Jose Martinez … Grichuk had the other homer in the fifth and narrowly missed joining Pham with a two-homer game when Keon Broxton robbed him of the go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth, going over the center field wall for the game-ending catch … The Cardinals’ only other hit was a leadoff single by Yadier Molina in the ninth.

On the mound: Martinez allowed 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, His wild throw to second base on a comebacker in the second set up the three-run inning for the Brewers, who got three more runs in the sixth on a leadoff homer by Domingo Santana and the two-run shot by Villar following Carpenter’s error … Martinez did not walk a batter and struck out seven … Sam Tuivailala and Matt Bowman each worked a scoreless inning of relief.

Key stat: The error by Martinez was his fourth of the season, which is the most by any pitcher in the major leagues. Six other pitchers have been charged with three errors.

Worth noting: The Cardinals had a third error in the game, a throwing error by Paul DeJong, but it did not contribute to any of Milwaukee’s runs … The Cardinals played with a 24-man roster following the trade before the game that sent Mike Leake to Seattle. The team is expected to call up a player from the minor league before Thursday’s game and then will add additional players on Friday, when the rosters can be expanded from the 25-man limit.

Looking ahead:
Michael Wacha will get the start Thursday night in the opener of the four-game series in San Francisco. Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to start for the Giants.