Cardinals 8, Brewers 6
Jake Westbrook didn’t last long enough to earn the victory on
Wednesday, but the light-hitting St. Louis pitcher used his bat to
spark a six-run, second-inning outburst that led to a Cardinals win
over the Milwaukee win.
The Cardinals jumped out to a seven-run lead and then held on
for an 8-6 victory.
Westbrook, who entered the game hitting only .167 with two RBIs
this season, smacked a bases-loaded double into the left-center
field gap that scored two runs, starting an onslaught that
propelled the Cardinals a 7-0 lead.
”I’m happy to be able to contribute in that sense, especially
with the bases loaded and nobody out and to put a good swing on the
ball,” Westbrook said.
Westbrook didn’t fare as well on the mound, however. He fell one
out short of earning this eighth win of the year, giving up four
earned runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. He walked one and
struck out one during a 75-pitch outing.
In his previous start on Aug. 16, when he threw a career-high
124 pitches, Westbrook gave up six earned runs in 6 2-3
”I still felt like I pitched a lot better than I have been in
terms of throwing strikes and getting ahead of guys,” Westbrook
said. ”I actually made some good pitches that they put some good
swings on. Getting two quick outs in the fifth and not being able
to finish it off is pretty frustrating for me.
”The bullpen came in and picked me up and finished it off, and
the offense was great.”
Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit towering home runs in the
game-changing second inning. Matt Holliday also homered later in
the game and Shane Robinson had three hits for the Cardinals, who
remain close behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central
”It was a big win,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
”Those are the ones you’ve got to find a way to win, when you put
that kind of offensive production up early.”
After taking a one-run lead in the first inning on a double by
Craig, the Cardinals torched Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny (3-5)
in the second.
”You make mistakes and you pay for them, especially against
good-hitting teams,” Gorzelanny said. ”I left balls over the
middle, (and made) bad pitch selection.”
Following Matt Carpenter’s sacrifice fly, Beltran launched a
two-run shot that caromed off the center-field scoreboard. With two
out, Craig hit a solo homer to right-center.
”We are happy that we were able to win the series,” Beltran
said. ”That is basically what is important for us right now.”
The Brewers cut into the lead in the third on a three-run homer
by Aramis Ramirez, and then added two runs in the fifth.
Juan Francisco broke out of an 0-for-15 slump, during which he
struck out 10 times, with a run-scoring single. Sean Halton drove
in another run with a hit, cutting the deficit to 7-5 and chasing
”(Westbrook) started out pretty good, but for whatever reason
they were finding the good part of the bat and finding holes,”
Kevin Siegrist struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Bianchi with the
bases loaded to end the fifth inning. Siegrist (2-1) recorded two
outs to notch the victory. Four Cardinals relievers held the
Brewers to one run over the final 5 1-3 innings to preserve the
Holliday’s solo home run in the ninth extended the lead to
Edward Mujica earned his 33rd save in 35 attempts despite giving
up a long solo home run to Logan Schafer with one out in the
Gorzelanny surrendered seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings.
He walked one and struck out five.
”He didn’t command the ball that well early and then they also
hit some pretty good pitches. We know they are a good hitting club,
and when you don’t hit your spots, they are going to put a good
swing on it,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.
Khris Davis had a career-best three hits for Milwaukee.
”He keeps showing he can hang in there. He works the count
well, which I really like,” Roenicke said. ”He’s an aggressive
swinger, but he’s not a hacker. He doesn’t just go up there and
swing at everything. He swings at the pitch he wants to swing
NOTES: Milwaukee reliever Rob Wooten was placed on the paternity
list. Wooten didn’t make it back to North Carolina in time for the
birth of his daughter. ”He walked into the room and (his wife) was
holding the baby,” Roenicke said. ”But everyone is fine.” …
Pitcher Donovan Hand was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to
replace Wooten. Hand was optioned back to Nashville immediately
after the game, as was INF/OF Sean Halton. Corresponding moves will
be forthcoming, according to a team spokesman. … OF Norichika
Aoki was held out of the lineup due to right knee soreness. ”It
has been bugging him for a while. We aren’t worried too much,”
Roenicke said. … The Cardinals concluded a 12-game stretch
against NL Central clubs. … St. Louis returns home to face the
Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Milwaukee returns to action Friday at