MILWAUKEE • Whenever Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez has gone off the rails, it has mostly declined to his inability to survive the early innings or complete a banal field play. Martinez managed to reach both on Wednesday night to throw four Milwaukee baserunners in the first two innings but eliminated one of them by starting a double play himself.
As soon as Martinez navigated the second, everything was downhill skiing as the brewers were simply exceeded. Martinez, who made one of his career medals, defeated Milwaukee in a 6-0 win over four goals over 8 1
He finished the game but third baseman Yairo Munoz started a double-play grounder in ninth. Sam Tuivailala allowed a single to load the bases, and then Bud Norris finished by starting a hill-to-house-to-first double play.
Martinez retired 16 men in a row from second to seventh and beat eight of them. And he even got his first hit of the year, a ninth-place single.
"In the first two innings, I had some problems, but I never lost focus," said Martinez. Twinning began with the fast Christian Yelich, the second hitter of the game, on a comebacker that Martinez took on occasion Thrown field. This time around, Martinez, whose four mistakes last season had most of the time together with a National League pitcher, put himself firmly and hard in second place, with Paul DeJong releasing the ball for the first time just before the end.
"I have worked hard defense) all spring," said Martinez. "And I worked hard on all my pitches."
This arsenal, at the suggestion of new pitching coach Mike Maddux, features a cutter that tended most of his strikeouts to Martinez as he used the field more often than ever before, especially against the left-handers Brewers & # 39; Hitter, von which there were five.
"That's what a tip jar does right there," said Maddux. "He never worked, he got quick outs, he threw a lot of strikes with everything, movement, everywhere, he was probably as hard to catch as he was."
Maddux also used the word "thrifty" to mean a 114- To describe a pitch attack that contained 74 hits. "Fun to see, man," he said.
Martinez came out for the ninth after manager Mike Matheny asked Martinez if he still felt strong after eight. "I said," Yes, I want to complete my game ", Martinez said.
Martinez ran six in 4 1/3 innings at his first season opener, and only two on Wednesday. "Those are the things we expect," Matheny said.
"He was also in control, it's not as if he's out there as hard as he could, he stomped, I would have given him a chance to finish, but sent a long at-bat him over 120 (pitch), which is further than I would like to go now. "
If anyone sees Martinez like this, he wonders why he does not do that more often. Martinez says he should.
"I can do that, yes," he said.
"Whatever happens, just do not lose your focus."
Matheny noted. "If you only watch his face, you can see how focused he is," Matheny said.
"It was a good schedule that he and Yadi (Molina) had, they found a rhythm, it's all about rhythm with him and he found it earlier than he did recently and then you just have him
"He likes to show us late in the game he's got (his fastball) and he's going to grab back and try to get three-digit just because he can. But he just kept on pecking.
Perhaps the only mistake made by Martinez was that he had his first strike of the season as the leadoff hitter in ninth and then had to run the bases in the inning.A lot of pitchers throwing failures make three hits and sit down to save energy.
"Yeah, but I was looking for something to beat," Martinez said with a laugh.
The Cardinals leapt 1-0 up on a Dexter Fowler double to the right Fowler finished third when second baseman Jonathan Villar could not handle a pick-off from Jhoulys Chacin.
Tommy Pham landed on third baseman Travis Shaw and Fowler sharply, saw Shaw aggressively turn to the left Shaw looked home, but did not throw when Fowler hit in. This kind of game does not normally take place with anyone in the first inning, but Fowler did.
"Dex had a great leap, "said Pham. "It looked like he took off when I swung, he read it so well."
Matheny was not necessarily aboard the strategy, but he appreciated the result. "Well," he said, smiling, "there are different theories.
" A theory would be (to go) if it is anywhere else than the pitcher or the third base. Another theory is that when you get your jump, you just go. He had a fantastic jump, I'll give it to you. I'm not sure I supported his theory. Nobody in this situation, and you have your three-hole hitter in front of you. This is not a place where you want to do it at home.
"But sometimes the boys use their instincts and this game worked."
The scoundrels who thwarted the Cardinals, Fowler and Pham, helped create two more runs in the third. Fowler ran, Pham doubled him to third place, and Fowler met another infield ground-out, first-baseman Eric Thames.
Pham finished third and met Marcell Ozuna, who scored 10 goals in 21 games at Miller Park. "I love it here," he said.
Ozuna might not have been honored this time, but Molina slammed his third, about 419 feet, on Chacin's first place in the fourth inning and it was 4: 0.
The Cardinals In the sixth round, the Brewers Defense fought the three mistakes made, continue. At the end of the night, four runs of the Cardinals had come home without a hit. There were two groundouts, a sacrificial sloth fly and a mistake.
Martinez needed just one of those runs.
"He threw a hell of a game," Fowler said. "He's our ace and that's what we expect from him, if he can do that every time, I think we'll be in good shape."