Adam Wainwright was masterful as the St. Louis Cardinals (58-49) defeated the Milwaukee Brewers (48-58), 6-1, on the day that Busch Stadium celebrated the 1982 World Series championship team. Wainwright only needed 98 pitches in his throwback uniform to go the distance. The Brewers brought one home in the first inning, but the Cardinals then scored six unanswered runs to easily win on the memorable night for Cardinals legends.
The Brewers were only able to get to the St. Louis righty in the first. Hot-hitting Carlos Gomez doubled on the second pitch of the game and then Nyjer Morgan moved him over on a groundout to second base. This allowed Ryan Braun to bring Gomez in on a sacrifice fly to center, and that was it for Milwaukee.
After the first inning, Wainwright did not allow another base runner to reach third base. He flirted with a little trouble in the third inning after committing his second career balk, but escaped without giving up any runs. After stranding the runner in scoring position in the third, Wainwright retired the next ten batters and finished with a five-hit complete game. Manager Mike Matheny praised his starter for the fantastic performance: “I don’t think you could ask him to do anything else. You could tell he was really locked in.”
Meanwhile, St. Louis did its offensive damage early. Carlos Beltran smacked a solo home run in the second inning. It was originally ruled a triple, but after a quick review from the umpires, they overturned the call. Then in the third, Daniel Descalso began the inning with a double to right and Wainwright helped his own cause by driving him in with another two-bagger. These two hits set up a ten-batter, four-run inning for the Cardinals, which included a two-RBI single by Yadier Molina. Jon Jay also tacked on a solo home run in the sixth inning for the final St. Louis run.
It was an overall impressive team effort by the Cardinals tonight in taking their second straight from the Brewers, but there are two spots in the lineup that need to beware of falling into deep slumps. Rafael Furcal (0-4 tonight), who could still be suffering from lower back soreness, is hitless in his last 13 at bats. In addition, after hitting .458 in July, David Freese (0-4, 2 K tonight) has begun August with only 2 hits in his 16 at bats.
What’s Next: Kyle Lohse (11-2, 2.91) faces off against Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.34) on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. The Cardinals look for the sweep at 7:05 CST on ESPN as well as ESPN Radio and KMOX (AM 1120).