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11th Inning Bombs From Goldschmidt and O’Neill Give Cards 6-1 Victory Over Brewers in Extras – Viva El Birdos

Freddy Peralta took the hill for the Brewers. Tommy Edman popped an up-and-in 2-2 fastball to shallow right to lead off the game. Dylan Carlson drew a 3-2 walk after being behind in the count 0-2. With Carlson running on the 3-2 pitch, Paul Goldschmidt grounded a ball to short. Luis Urias fired to 2nd, but Carlson got to the base before the throw. Kolten Wong was able to throw to first, where Travis Shaw tagged the sliding Goldschmidt out. Nolan Arenado lined a low-and-away 1-2 fastball to right to end the inning, but the television broadcast did not show the play. KK took the mound for the Cards. Kolten Wong smoked an outside 1-0 fastball to the gap in left-center that bounced on the track and hit the wall for a double to lead off the bottom of the 1st, but Kim would get out of the inning unscathed. Lorenzo Cain struck out swinging at a 2-2 sharp low-and-in slider off the plate. Tyrone Taylor popped an inside 1-2 slider to 2nd. Travis Shaw struck out swinging at a 1-2 outside fastball that looked like it had a little cutting action on it to end the inning.

Peralta retired the Cards in order in the top of the 2nd. Paul DeJong flied a high hanging 1-1 slider to center. Yadier Molina struck out chasing at an 0-2 sweeping low-and-away slider. Tyler O’Neill struck out looking at a painted low-and-away 3-2 fastball on the corner. Luis Urias fouled the first pitch right into the chest of the home plate umpire, and play paused for a few minutes. Urias flied a 69 mph outside 0-1 curve deep to left-center for Bader on the track. Manny Pina struck out swinging at a 2-2 high-and-outside backdoor slider. After Jackie Bradley, Jr. drew a 3-2, 2-out walk, Pablo Reyes decided to swing at a 3-0 inside fastball and put good wood on it, but it came up just short of the wall on the track in left to end the inning.

Harrison Bader grounded an 0-1 inside fastball towards the middle to begin the top of the 3rd, but Wong was positioned right there over the bag for the out. Kim struck out looking at a 1-2 fastball right down the middle. Edman lined a 1-1 outside change off of the back of Peralta’s right leg. The ball deflected to the right side of the infield for a base hit. Peralta ran and tried to flip the ball to the first baseman with his glove, but it was too late. Edman stole second base on the 1-1 pitch to Carlson, but he was stranded there when Carlson offered at an elevated 1-2 fastball and struck out to end the inning. Peralta struck out looking at a 1-2 fastball on the corner low-and-away to start the bottom half. Wong flied a looping 2-2 outside curve to Carlson in front of the right field wall. Cain lined a down-the-middle 1-1 fastball hard but right at DeJong at short to end the inning.

Goldschmidt chased a 2-2 slider about a foot outside and struck out to start the top of the 4th. Arenado skied a 1-1 inside fastball that landed in the second deck of seats in left field just barely to the left of the foul pole, missing a homer by inches. The play was reviewed by the umpires, but the foul call was upheld. Arenado chased the very next pitch, a slider about a foot off the plate low-and-away, and struck out. DeJong popped a first-pitch low-and-away slider for Reyes at third in foul territory by the Cards’ dugout to end the inning. Taylor flied an inside 2-2 change to shallow right to lead off the bottom of the 4th. Shaw drove a 2-2 low slider to the right-center field gap that rolled to the wall for a double. Urias got confused, offering late at an 87 mph first-pitch fastball and softly popped it to the mound. Pina tapped a first-pitch low-and-away change back to the mound to end the inning, and the Brewers stranded another runner in scoring position.

Molina flied a 1-1 low-and-away slider to left-center for Taylor to lead off the top of the 5th. O’Neill struck out swinging at a low-and-in 2-2 slider. Bader looked silly waving at a 2-2 low-and-away slider that was far off the plate and struck out to end the inning. To lead off the bottom of the 5th, Bradley grounded a low 1-1 fastball to short. Reyes grounded an 0-1 inside slider deep in the hole that just eluded DeJong’s grasp for a base hit to left. Peralta bunted the 1-1 pitch foul in range of Molina, but it hit the home plate umpire in the shoulder. Peralta struck out looking at the next pitch, an outside slider, and couldn’t get the sacrifice down. Wong lined a first-pitch low-and-away slider towards the middle, but DeJong made a nice diving grab over the bag to rob Wong of a hit and end the inning.

Kim broke his bat swinging wildly at an inside 1-2 slider to start the top of the 6th, squibbing it to the right side. Peralta covered first, but dropped Shaw’s flip, and Kim was safe. Kim hustled down the line and it would have been a close play either way, but he would have been out if Peralta had caught it, so Peralta was charged with a missed catch error. Edman popped a 2-0 high fastball to Urias at short on the outfield grass. Carlson flied an inside 3-2 fastball for Cain in left-center. Goldschmidt popped a high 1-1 fastball to Shaw in foul territory over by the Brewers’ dugout for a nice catch over the rail to end the inning. Cain drove a low-and-away 2-2 fastball to the gap in left-center. Bader stopped it from rolling to the wall, but he couldn’t stop the speedy Cain from sliding in safely at 2nd with a double to lead off the bottom of the 6th. Taylor struck out swinging at a low-and-in 2-2 fastball. Shaw drove a 3-2 hanging low slider to the gap in left-center. Bader raced over for it, but couldn’t get it and it bounced on the track and over the wall for a ground rule double to score Cain and give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.

That was it for KK after 88 pitches (the most he has thrown this season so far), and Shildt brought in Ryan Helsley to pitch to Urias. He drove a down-the-middle 3-0 fastball deep to center, but Bader caught it just in front of the wall. Shaw did not tag up for some reason. Pina drew a 3-2 walk on a close low-and-in cutter after being ahead in the count 3-0. Bradley smoked a low 1-1 fastball, but right at Edman at 2nd to end the inning.

Peralta came back out for the top of the 7th at 88 pitches. Arenado popped a first-pitch inside hanging slider to Shaw in foul territory to start the inning. Peralta then hit DeJong in the left side with a 2-1 change. Molina flied an 0-2 high-and-outside fastball to shallow right. The hit-and-run play was on and DeJong had to go back. O’Neill grounded a first-pitch outside slider deep into the hole at short, but Urias was there and fired to 2nd for the 6-4 force to end the inning. Kodi Whitley came out to pitch the bottom of the 7th for the Cards. Lefty Billy McKinney pinch hit for Pablo Reyes and struck out swinging at an up-and-in 92 mph fastball. Lefty Daniel Vogelbach pinch hit for the pitcher Peralta and popped an 0-1 low-and-in change foul towards the Cards’ dugout, where Molina made a great catch over the railing. Wong grounded a low 0-1 fastball up the middle for a 2-out base hit. The home plate umpire had to be checked out again when Cain fouled a fastball off of his mask. After play resumed, Cain grounded a 2-2 low-and-away change on one hop to Edman to end the inning.

The Brewers brought out righty Devin Williams for the top of the 8th. McKinney stayed in the game in the #8 spot to play 1B, and Shaw moved from 1B to 3B. Bader lined a first-pitch down-the-middle fastball to left for a base hit. Matt Carpenter pinch hit for Whitley and drew a walk, laying off some close tough pitches. Lane Thomas ran for Carpenter. Edman flied a 1-2 outside change to left-center. Bader tagged up and ran to 3rd, beating Cain’s throw. Thomas decided to run to 2nd in the process of that throw, and the umpires ruled that he beat Wong’s tag at 2nd. It was close, but the Brewers decided not to challenge. With runners at 2nd and 3rd and 1 out, Carlson flied a 2-2 high-and-outside fastball to left. Taylor’s short throw had no change to get Bader, who scored on the Sac Fly to tie the game 1-1.

Goldschmidt grounded a first-pitch low-and-away change to short to end the inning. Shildt brought Giovanny Gallegos in to pitch the bottom of the 8th and he hit Taylor in the left shoulder with a 1-1 fastball to start things off. Shaw flied a low-and-in 1-1 fastball to shallow left. Taylor raced for 2nd on the 1-1 pitch to Urias. Molina’s throw was wide to Edman’s right, which delayed the tag. Taylor was called safe. The Cardinals challenged the play, and the call was overturned. The replay showed that Edman’s foot was blocking the bag, which allowed Edman to tag Taylor before his hand got through to the base.

Urias popped a 2-2 hanging slider to first to end the inning.

Lefty Josh Hader came out for the top of the 9th, and he retired the Cards in order. Arenado chased a low-and-in 3-2 slider and popped it to Wong at 2nd on the outfield grass. DeJong flied a low 2-2 slider to center. Molina popped an 0-1 up-and-in fastball to Urias at short on the outfield grass to end the inning. Gallegos came back out to start the top of the 9th. Pina lined a first-pitch outside fastball towards the gap in left-center, but Bader made a running catch for the out. Bradley torched a 2-2 high-and-outside straight-change to the deepest part of right-center, but Bader ran it down at the track against the wall. McKinney hit a 3-1 hanging inside slider for a sinking liner to right, but Carlson made a sliding catch forward to take us to extra innings.

Righty J.P. Feyereisen came out to pitch the top of the 10th for the Brewers. Because Molina made the last out for the Cards in the top of the 9th, he started the inning at 2nd base, and Shildt did not run for him. O’Neill grounded a low-and-in 2-2 change to 2nd base to move Molina to 3rd. Now Edmundo Sosa came in to run for Molina. With the infield in, Bader popped an outside 2-1 slider to first in foul territory. Justin Williams pinch hit for Gallegos and drew a 3-2 walk. Edman chased a low 2-0 change and grounded it to 2nd to strand runners at the corners. Alex Reyes came out to pitch the bottom of the 10th for the Cards. Andrew Knizner came out to catch in the #6 spot to replace Molina, and the Cards are out of bench players. Billy McKinney started the inning at 2nd base. Avisail Garcia pinch hit for Feyereisen and flied a first-pitch low-and-away slider to Bader in left-center and the runner stayed put. Wong was intentionally walked to get to Cain and put the double play in order. Cain struck out swinging at an elevated 0-2 98 mph fastball. The 1-1 pitch to Taylor was a low slider that Knizner allowed to sneak through his legs for a wild pitch to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd. He put his mitt down and open, but not far enough. It turned out not to matter, because Taylor chased a 2-2 slider in the dirt to strike out and end the inning.

Righty Brad Boxberger came out for the top of the 11th and Edman started the inning at 2nd base. Carlson slowly grounded a low-and-away 1-2 change for Urias over the 2nd base bag to move Edman to 3rd. Goldschmidt smoked a middle-in first-pitch hanging slider off of the edge of scoreboard over the wall in center for a 2-run HR to give the Cards a 3-1 lead.

Arenado lined a first-pitch outside fastball to left-center that one-hopped the wall for a double. DeJong popped an 0-2 low change to Bradley in shallow right. After Boxberger hit Knizner on the left elbow with a first-pitch, O’Neill smacked a 1-2 low fastball over the center-field wall for a 3-run HR to extend the Cards’ lead to 6-1.

Bader chased an 0-2 outside slider and struck out to end the inning. Reyes came back out for the top of the 11th, and Tyrone Taylor started the inning on 2nd base. Shaw walked on 5 pitches to start the inning off. Urias struck out swinging at a 1-2 hanging slider. Pina walked on 4 straight pitches to load the bases. Bradley struck out looking at an outside 0-2 backdoor slider. McKinney chased an 0-2 slider in the dirt to end the game. Reyes struggled to get his fastball over, so he ended the game with 6 straight sliders.

Kim (5 days rest) 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO; Helsley (1 day rest, bottom 6, 1 out, man on 2nd, down 1-0) .2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO; Whitley (2 days rest, bottom 7, down 1-0) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO; Gallegos (2 days rest, bottom 8, tied 1-1) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, HBP; Reyes (2 days rest, bottom 10, tied 1-1) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 IBB, 5 SO, WP.

ODDS AND ENDS

MLB and the union agreed to reduce Amir Garrett’s suspension from seven games to five games, and he started serving it tonight. The Reds will have to play short one man for 4 more games…Tonight, J.T. Brubaker outdueled Jeff Hoffman and the Pirates beat the Reds 7-2…The Cubs had another outfielder go on the IL today. They’ve already added former Cardinal farmhand Nick Martini to the 40-man and active rosters, and have been playing Kris Bryant in CF. Adbert Alzolay walked none and struck out six over six innings pitched, but the two homers he allowed proved to be the difference and the club lost 3-2 to Shane Bieber and the Indians…Miles Mikolas gave up another homer in the first inning tonight for AAA Memphis in his 2nd rehab start, but settled down, maintained his velocity for longer, and threw 69 pitches. He also walked none and struck out five…Memphis must be happy to be done with the Durham Bulls for a while, because they put up 18 runs and 20 hits on the Nashville Sounds, which is the Brewers’ AAA affiliate. Max Moroff hit another 2 homers, and now has an OPS of 1.662.

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