Here’s the original lineup:
However, for the second Wednesday in a row, Marcell Ozuna was a late scratch - this time for a jammed finger. Tyler MEAT O’Neill would replace him.
Today was also another Facebook exclusive game and reports abounded of people having issues with streaming the game, but I guess anyone who’s had to deal with Comcast can understand that feeling.
After a relatively simple 1st inning of K, single (pickoff), single, Alex Reyes would needed to work significantly harder to get through subsequent innings. In the second inning, four runners would reach, with a timely double play breaking up the threat. Reyes’ pitch count per inning: 13-28-18-14, for a total of 73 pitches. He did not give up a run, but allowed 6 baserunners over 4.0 IP.
Of note, some weirdness in fastball vs changeups later in his outing...those blue and black dots look awfully close together:
Reyes was followed in long relief by John Gant, who gave up a run and was honestly lucky not to have given up more, giving up 2 hits and walking four batters across two innings.
Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra stifled the Cardinals offense, giving up no runs and no walks, and only 4 hits against 7 strikeouts in 6.0 IP. However, the Cardinals then did the unexpected, and scored off Jeremy Jeffress in the 7th (who has a shiny 0.62 ERA on the season). Jeffress would allow 2 runs to score (1 earned) via a Harrison Bader homerun and a Tommy Pham sac fly to score Dexter Fowler.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Brewers tied the game on a Christian Yelich home run, and then took the lead for good on an Orlando Arcia single.
Yairo Munoz had an oops moment, turning a potential double play into just one out by playing in front of, rather than at second base.
Did you know the Cardinals have not thrown out a runner so far this season? Carson Kelly almost broke the streak by throwing out Lorenzo Cain on a really beautiful throw - but it didn’t count as a caught stealing, so the ignominious streak lives on.
Carson Kelly’s OPS sits at a paltry .212 - he would be lifted after batting only once in favor of Francisco Pena, who has been certainly at least slightly okayish.
The top 4 in the batting order went a combined 3 for 21, and that just isn’t going to cut it.
The Cardinals come back home to face the Pirates again, starting tomorrow at 6:15.