The Bottom Line: An Aramis Ramirez homer in the second inning opened up the floodgates for a huge night for the Brewers offense as they took the series opener, 7-4, against Cards ace Adam Wainwright. By and large, Wily Peralta stifled the Cards’ bats to earn his 13th victory of the season, though the Cards mounted a threat in the later innings. With the win, the Brewers opened up a three-game lead on the Cards in the NL Central.
Waino’s Rough Day: Adam Wainwright (13-6, 2.26 ERA) had the worst showing of the season as he was on the hook for a season-high seven runs on nine hits and three walks in 5.1 innings of work. Furthermore, the damage could have even been much worse if Waino hadn’t been able to masterfully pitch out of a few jams throughout the night. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s three-run double in the sixth inning proved to be the dagger and chased Wainwright from the game with the Cards trailing 6-0.
Too Little Too Late: Although Matt Holliday continued his torrid stretch of play, the rest of the offense couldn’t match for most of the game as the Cards were shutout after five innings. Holliday (2 for 4) continued his power surge with a solo homer in the sixth and Matt Carpenter tacked on three RBI’s, but the Cards offense produced too little too late in tonight’s loss.
What’s Next: The Cards will hope to bounce back and even the series against the Brew Crew when Justin Masterson (4-6, 5.51 ERA) comes off the DL to make his first start as a Cardinal against former Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse (11-5, 3.07 ERA) tomorrow at 6:15 CST at Busch.