Monday night turned into a long night for the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. The game was reflective of the fight that will happen in the National League Central Division throughout the season. In the end, the Brewers made those extra innings pay off for them.
The Brewers Yovani Gallardo had a decent outing in the Cardinals game. In six inning pitched, he allowed seven hits, three runs, walking one on the night and striking out two. Gallardo was taken deep twice by the Cardinals Matt Holliday and Allen Craig. Holliday and Craig did their damage in the sixth, giving the Cardinals a lead of 3-0 in the game. Gallardo ended his night with a 4.50 ERA.
After the sixth the Brewers went to their bullpen. The pitching staff came out with determination and focus. Zach Duke got the win with two innings pitched, one hit, two walks and two strike outs. The bullpen was able to keep the Brewers in the game after scoring three runs in the seventh.
Jim Henderson pitched one inning striking out two. Brandon Kintzler pitched one inning striking out one and giving up two hits. Will Smith came in for two thirds of an inning, striking out two. Tyler Thornburg was on the mound for one third inning striking out one and walking one. Together they were able to hold the Cardinals from scoring.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning walking one and striking one out. Rodriguez, paying off late in the game, got the save for the night, giving the Brewers the win in extra inning.
The Brewers had eleven hits for the night scoring five times. With their slugger, Ryan Braun out with an injury, the Brewers stepped it up. Braun was diagnosed with a strained oblique after an MRI. It is not clear when he will return but Braun will not play in the Cardinals series.
In the seventh, the Brewers were able to get their bats going starting with Jeff Bianchi and Elian Herrera. Lyle Overbay singled to center field to bring in Jeff Bianchi and move Herrera to second. Scooter Gennett singles, scoring Herrera and moving Lyle Overbay and Carlos Gomez up a base to second and third. Aramis Ramirez, the third baseman, hit by a pitch, scored Overbay giving the Brewers a third run in the inning, tying the game at 3-3.
Scooter Gennett, the second baseman, gave the Brewers the spark they needed to steal the game from the Cardinals. At the plate, Gennett was able to get two hits, bringing in one run with one strike out.
Herrera, the Brewers short stop had a good night at the plate. He had two hits with one run, was walked one time and striking out twice. On paper it may not sound great but Herrera’s hits came at times when the Brewers needed him on base most.
In the twelfth, Khris Davis hit a triple on a line drive to right field scoring Jonathon Lucroy. Davis had a tough night at the plate, striking out four times but made the hit right on time for the Brewers in extra innings.
Mark Reynolds hit a sac fly into center field scoring Davis for a two run lead over the Cardinals. Reynolds had one hit and three strike outs in the game. His twelfth inning sac fly was insurance for the Brewers on their quest to win in extra inning, which paid off in the end. Cardinals were unable to make anything happen in the bottom of the twelfth, ending the game 5-3, Brewers.
Commentary by Jabar Morarend