MILWAUKEE – Carlos Martinez retained control and felt stronger as the game progressed.
After an outing on the opening day, Martinez returned to the form that made the St. Louis Cardinals ace one of the finest young right-handers in the game.
Martinez threw himself into the ninth inning and beat 10, Yadier Molina got married and the Cardinals beat the error-prone Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night 6-0.
"I felt I was pretty well in control," said Martinez, "and after the sixth inning, I was really focused, really, really, I had good control."
Leadoff batter Dexter Fowler scored two goals in the first three innings for the Cardinals, who beat their NL Central rival one night after losing on a game-ending Homer by Ryan Brown. St. Louis took two out of three in the series.
A 4-0 lead after four innings was more than enough cushion for the fierce Martinez (1
"He was still efficient, though he had people on base," said Mike Matheny, the cardinals' manager. "And those are the things we expect, it was fun to see him today."
Martinez allowed four hits and two walks. The Brewers thought they might reach him early, having posted lead-offs in the first and second rounds, but both opportunities were in vain.
The two-time All-Star dropped out 16 times before Domingo Santana won a single in seventh. Martinez & # 39; s Fastball still registered 93 mph in the ninth game.
"When we could not reach anything in the first two innings, he settled in nicely and was very good the rest of the day," said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell.
Martinez went from ninth to ninth position after Yairo Munoz, who entered the third base as a substitute, mauled a sharp ground from Santana to place the runners in first and second place.
The Brewers loaded the bases against helper Sam Tuivailala, but Bud Norris ended the game by hitting Manny Pina a soft doorman in front of the hill for a 1-2-3 double play.
Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (left Achilles tendon) will be activated Thursday from the disabled list to kick off the home opener against Arizona. Matheny said the team decided that Wainwright was ready after conducting a final examination Wednesday morning.
"I think they invented tests for me to try to prove to them that I'm ready," Wainwright said.
Brewers: LHP Wade Miley (left groin) may be able to drop a hill next week, Counsell said. … LHP Boone Logan (left triceps) may start dropping off a hill late next week. … C Stephen Vogt (right shoulder) will probably start throwing next week. … LF Christian Yelich (askew) was replaced by Hernan Perez at the top of seventh place, in which Counsell called a precautionary move. The Brewers were back by six at this time. Counsel said that Yelich would probably get a day off Thursday with the Chicago Cubs scheduled to start LHP Jon Lester to open a series of four games.
ON THE MOON
Molina shot in the left field in the fourth of Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-1). The right-hander, who signed off as a free agent in the offseason, allowed seven hits and six runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Only three runs were earned because of three Milwaukee mistakes, two by second baseman Jonathan Villar. His idiosyncratic threesome trying to get Paul DeJong advancing on an infield singles dodged Travis Shaw in the sixth. DeJong scored six runs.
Chacin's ERA is after two launches at 7:00.
"I'm disappointed with my first two starts this year, but I will not lower my head," he said. "I will continue to work on my pitches."
Cardinals: Wainwright will be in his 345th career game when he starts on Thursday, which would leave him three behind Todd Worrell for eighth on the team's career list.
Brewers: LHP Brent Suter opens the series at home against the Cubs. He is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 12 innings in his last two starts against Chicago.