photo: Adam Wainwright via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Adam Wainwright’s seven-inning complete game gave St. Louis (22-23) a split of their double-header versus Milwaukee (23-26) at Miller Park on Wednesday. The Cardinals claimed the opener, 4-2, but were blanked in the finale, 6-0.
The loss, combined with Cincinnati’s fifth consecutive win, drops St. Louis into a second-place tie with the Reds in the National League Central, 5 ½ games behind Chicago.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – St. Louis 4 at Milwaukee 2 (7 innings) – Game 1
As he has done all season, Wainwright came through for his team when they needed him most. The 39-year old overcame a first inning in which he served up a two-run long ball, allowing just three more base runners the rest of the way. Wainwright (W, 5-1) struck out nine against four hits and one walk yielded.
The offense backed their mound leader with single tallies in four frames. The scoring began with Tyler O’Neill’s solo shot in the second and finished with another solo bomb by Brad Miller in the sixth. The Cardinals generated seven hits in all, with Miller the only player with a multi-hit performance. The designated hitter added his sixth double of 2020 to his seventh home run in three at bats. O’Neill added his second RBI of the night on a sac fly driving in Paul Goldschmidt (single), knotting the game at 2-2 after four. In his St. Louis debut, 29th man outfielder Justin Williams collected a single.
St. Louis 0 at Milwaukee 6 (7 innings) – Game 2
It was all Milwaukee in Game 2, which made up a contest postponed on July 31st. Manager Mike Shildt served his one-game suspension, handed down that afternoon, and sat out the nightcap.
So did his offense.
St. Louis’ lineup mustered just two hits and two walks in total against four Brewers pitchers. No Cardinal reached base more than once. It continued a pattern of little offense during Johan Oviedo’s starts – just six runs in total support over the rookie’s five outings.
Oviedo, fresh off the Injured List due to coronavirus precautions, absorbed his third loss in as many decisions. The 22-year-old was tagged for six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two free passes over 5 1/3 frames. He also hit three batters.
The big damage came from two home run balls, one in his first and one in his last inning of work. Those long balls resulted in five of the six tallies yielded. In between those two blasts, Oviedo compiled four frames of shutout ball. Seth Elledge recorded the final two outs, issuing one free pass.
Behind Oviedo, Miller committed an error on a dropped popup and catcher Matt Wieters was charged with a passed ball.
The Cardinals dropped the series in Milwaukee two games to three while batting a collective .208 and being outscored 11-30. They will play the Brew Crew five more times starting on September 24 at Busch Stadium.
Thursday’s game: at fifth-place Pittsburgh (14-34), 6:05 p.m. CDT, Dakota Hudson (3-2, 2.92) vs. Steven Brault (0-3, 5.06), FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX
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