Game Report: Padres 2, Cardinals 1 (13 innings)

John Brebbia pitched two perfect innings in relief on Saturday night but asking him to go back out for a third inning proved to be the wrong decision.

Brebbia walked the first two hitters he faced in the bottom of the 13th before Mike Mayers took over, and the game was over one pitch later. Eric Hosmer lined a double to right on Mayers’ first pitch to drive in the winning run.

Hosmer had been 0-of-5 in the game, including hitting into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and second in the 10th
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Here is how the game broke down:


At the plate: The Cardinals’ best chance to win the game in extra innings came in the 11th, when Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia singled to put runners on first and third but with two outs pinch-hitter Kolten Wong flied out … The only run for the Cardinals scored in the sixth when Paul DeJong was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Jose Martinez … The Cardinals left 11 runners on base, including six in scoring position as they went 0-of-7 with a runner on either second or third … Dexter Fowler was 0-of-6, dropping his average to .147 … The single by Gyorko in the 11th was his only hit in six plate appearances; he also drew a walk in the eighth … Tommy Pham was 0-of-5 after drawing a leadoff walk to open the game, only the second time since April 9 he has not had a hit in a game in which he had at least three at-bats.

On the mound:
Michael Wacha worked six innings, allowing just three hits, all in the first two innings. The only run he allowed was aided by errors by Jose Martinez, his sixth of the year, and Marcell Ozuna … Jordan Hicks pitched a 1-2-3 seventh and Greg Holland walked one in the eighth … The first two Padres reached base against Bud Norris in the ninth before he struck out the next three hitters … Brett Cecil made his first appearance since opening day, getting Hosmer to ground into the double play to end the 10th … Brebbia struck out the first four batters he faced and retired six in a row before running into trouble In the 13th.

Key stat: The double by Martinez was only the second two-base hit for the Cardinals in a span of 178 at-bats. They hit eight homers over that same span … The Cardinals now have 49 doubles for the season and 48 home runs.

Worth noting: Fowler only has three hits in 35 at-bats in May … Matt Carpenter did not start for the second game in a row, this time against a right-handed pitcher. He did enter the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning but took a called third strike … The Cardinals will have to make a roster move before Sunday’s game to activate Adam Wainwright from the disabled list.

Looking ahead: Wainwright will make his first start since April 17 when he starts the series finale on Sunday. He pitched five innings in a rehab start at Double A Springfield on Monday.