MILWAUKEE • With a chance this week to show that the gap in the field is slimmer than that in the standings, the Cardinals attend Milwaukee's first place as a bruise contender, one able to argue That the real difference is the players who miss them and not the games.
The Brewers used Jose Martinez's first base miscarriages and used a scored seventh inning to clinch an 8-3 victory on Memorial Day at Miller Park. The win, Milwaukee's 1
As a result of Yelich's two steals in the seventh and Jonathan Villar three Run Homer, The Brewers did not even have to change their game, which has changed their game. That can wait until Tuesday. The division leaders, who are 15 times better than .500 for the first time since 2014, are deep and play a complete game.
This is in contrast to the Cardinals.
All three runs of Cardinals came on homeruns, including the first of shortstop Yairo Munoz in the majors. Munoz, who replaced injured outsider Paul DeJong, completed a two-shot shot in the fifth inning for the Cardinal's first runs. Matt Carpenter followed with a solo shot to streamline the game, 4-3. The Cardinals, whose lineup was infused with injuries and inconsistent performances, would not come any closer. The game turned for them in the fourth when Milwaukee starter Brent Suter posted a double over the reach of first baseman Martinez for two RBIs and a four-run lead the Cardinals did not erase.
"Should have made this game," Martinez said. "Every game in front of me."
There are also the players playing around him.
The Cardinals begin the three-game stay in Milwaukee with four of their six highest-paid players on the disabled list and a fifth, Dexter Fowler (knee injury), unavailable Monday and considered for the DL. More than $ 80 million in players were unavailable on Monday, and still the lineup's performance was that current players would fare worse or undermine pitching. In search of Marcell Ozuna "a different look", manager Mike Matheny moves him to fifth place in the lineup – a first for Ozuna, who has hit clean only healthy.
Ozuna settled in his first at-bat giving him 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats, but 10 were singles. The Brewers mixed it in two of his next three bats. They shoved around an infielder in the middle and twice stole base hits from Ozuna. He once carried his bat to first base in visible frustration.
"He made three hard hit balls," Matheny said. Philosophy is the same: hard contact, this is a quality at-bat, there you start, you go with what you can control, you can not really control where you're going to play not necessarily controlling a guy throwing the kind of stuff we see, they can not control where they're going, hard contact is where we want our boys to make it. "
Carpenter thwarted the change with gentle diplomacy and then went over the top. The cardinal's leadoff hitter teamed up with coach Willie McGee and team-mate Greg Garcia this season to beat the shift in one fell swoop. He fell 3-0 in the third inning to steal a base hit. In the fifth, against Suter, Carpenter struck his sixth home run to beat the shift.
The Cardinals ended the beating.
Suter (5-3) had given herself the cushion needed to make the profit and to bullpen after his five innings. In fourth, Ryan Braun for his second of three goals and four times based. Cardinals starter Luke Weaver had a 0-2 count but Villar departed. A strategic walk to the Hitter No. 8 loaded the bases for Suter, an above-average hitter for a pitcher. Weaver (3-5) tested him with eight pitches before Suter pulled out a bottom ball that Martinez did not have. Two runs made before a game on the plate prevented Suter from clearing the bases with his double.
Weaver described Suter at the bat as "legendary."
Martinez noticed how rare it is for a pitcher to pull a ball and added, "I still have to play the game, get ready for anything."
For the seventh time in 12 starts, Suter left Game after five innings. The same goes for the Brewers Bullpen, one of the most used and best bullpens in the game. Milwaukee is one of five teams in the majors to have 200 innings of his bullpen – the Cardinals have 172 innings – and they still have the lowest ERA of any bullpen, at 2.49. The Brewers are 25-0 as they lead after the sixth inning, and a major reason for this is the left-back Josh Hader and his 62 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings.
When a one-run game approached the eighth inning, Hader was warming up in the Brewers Bullpen. Three runs against left-handers Brett Cecil gave Hader a chance to sit down. All three came Villars first home series this season from the right side of the plate and only his third in his past 146 right-handed at-bats. Villar's quick presence at # 6, like Yelich's .310 average at # 2, shows the many opportunities the Brewers have for kicking off. Weber agreed, "they can all fight for power and they have some speed."
He said he would not stop "giving them too much credit".
The ultimate goal was to give them a challenge
At best, the Cardinals' healthy squad list needs more play to keep pace. The result on Monday meant that the Brewers did not have to show the Cardinals the best they had to offer.
"We want to push (the starter) and then the next guy and then whoever bring them in," Matheny said. "We're sitting here again and say," If we get their bullpen, we will not run anymore. It's not a secret, it's not a secret, they have to look for their predecessors and try to put some pressure on them. "