Game Report: Cardinals 7, Brewers 6

By Rob Rains

Harrison Bader and Stephen Piscotty probably have a lot more fans and friends in Colorado now than they had before the Cardinals’ game began on Saturday.

Bader’s RBI single, following a two-run single by Piscotty, lifted the Cardinals from a 6-4 deficit in the eighth inning to the win, which knocked the Brewers out of the playoff race and clinched the second wild-card spot for the Rockies.

The Cardinals had trailed 6-0 in the third inning before scoring four times in the bottom of the third and then completing the comeback in the eighth, making this their biggest comeback win of the season. They snapped a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time in their last eight games.

Before Saturday the Cardinals had been 8-60 in games this season when they trailed going to the eighth inning.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Piscotty’s hit broke an 0-of-19 streak, the longest hitless streak of his career. The Cardinals had loaded the bases on a single by Greg Garcia and walks to Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez before Piscotty came through with the hit. Martinez was thrown out at third on the play, but Piscotty went to second on the throw and then scored on the single by Bader, who had struck out in his first three at-bats … The Cardinals’ first four runs came in the third on consecutive two-run doubles by Paul DeJong and Martinez.

On the mound: The Brewers built their 6-0 lead against starter Luke Weaver with one run in the second and a five-run third inning, capped by a two-run homer by Domingo Santana … Weaver lasted through 4 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and four walks in his second consecutive rough start after winning seven consecutive starts … Weaver has pitched 138 innings this year, the most he has ever thrown in his career and 22 more than he threw last season… Relievers Zach Duke, John Brebbia, Ryan Sherriff and Juan Nicasio combined to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits.

Key stat: Duke retired all four batters he faced, getting out of a jam in the fifth and retiring the Brewers in order in the sixth. It was his 468th career appearance since making his major-league debut in 2005, and likely completes another season in which he will not appear in a postseason game. Duke is the career leader among active pitchers for the most games with no playoff appearances. Duke has stranded 17 consecutive inherited runners.

Worth noting: It looks as if Pham has won his bet with Yadier Molina and finish the year hitting above .300 with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases. Pham was 0-of-2 on Saturday and is at .306 for the year, but would have to go 0-of-10 on Sunday to see his average drop below .300 … Five players in the Cardinals’ lineup were in the opening day lineup for Triple A Memphis this season and only two – Aledmys Diaz and Piscotty – were in the major-league opening day lineup for the Cardinals.

Looking ahead: With Sunday’s season finale having no bearing on the playoffs for either team, the Cardinals have scrapped plans to start Carlos Martinez and will instead give rookie Jack Flaherty his fifth career start. He is still looking for his first win. The game begins at 2:15 p.m.

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