The Bottom Line: In his first start with the Cards, Justin Masterson did just enough to get win, while the offense exploded for nine runs. Kolten Wong was the star of the show, going 3 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBIs. Jhonny Peralta also homered and Oscar Tavares hit a two-RBI double.
Justin Masterson: This was truly not a very good game for Justin Masterson, he just got lucky the Kyle Lohse’s day was worse. In 6 innings of work, Masterson gave up five earned runs on seven hits with three walks. Masterson got into real trouble in the fourth inning when he gave up two leadoff singles to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez before leaving a pitch up to Scooter Gennett. At the end of the inning, the Brewers had shrunk a five run lead to only two. Overall, while Masterson did get the win, this is not a game he should be proud of looking back. Hopefully he rebounds his next time out and actually bolsters this rotation.
Kolten Wong: The hero of tonight’s game, Kolten Wong tied the game in the bottom of the first with his seventh homer and then stretched the Cardinals’ lead to three with a single in the second. While Wong has had a fairly up and down season, he has proven of late why he was once one of the top prospects in the this system.
Offensive Eruption: Out of nowhere tonight, the Cards put up 12 hits including five extra base hits. In the last five games, the Cardinals scored exactly the same amount of runs as they did tonight. It just goes to show you that this offense has some pop when everybody hits, but the lineup is just too streaky to rely on that.
What’s Next: The Cardinals’ other trade deadline acquisition, John Lackey, takes the mound tomorrow afternoon in this series’ rubber match. Matt Garza (7-7, 3.74 ERA) will be taking the mound for the Brewers. Currently, the Cards are 2.5 games back, let’s knock that down to 1.5.