The Cardinals are on a hot streak, going 9-1 in their last 10 games.

The only loss during this stretch was a 5-4 loss to the Nationals on Thursday night. They’ve scored at least four runs in every game since the August 7 contest at Miami.

The Brewers, meanwhile, are 3-7 in their last 10 and trending downward. In particular, their bullpen has been struggling this month. There’s still a lot of baseball left, but this Cardinals team is now one game out of a wild card spot when all hope had seemed lost in mid July. Credit Mike Shildt for being a smart manager and the front office just might know what they’re doing after all.

Dk6Aq-HXgAAtdTSDk6cq17XoAEWTLo

The team announced that Tyler O’Neill will replace José Martínez in the lineup. Martínez was scratched due to right-hip tightness.

FIRST INNING:

This is how it began – Yelich grounded out. Cain was hit by the pitch. Moustakas struck out swinging. Aguilar struck out looking. I wonder if Mikolas was trying to send a message by hitting Cain? The pitch was up and in. No hits, no runs.

It was 3 up, 3 down. But we had some drama early on. Craig Counsell totally lost his cool and got ejected. Miley’s pitch was down and didn’t hit O’Neill but the umpire issued a warning. Counsell was upset about that call.

SECOND INNING:

Travis Shaw put the Brewers on the scoreboard with a solo blast to right. Milwaukee had another base runner but the score remained 1-0.

Ozuna launched a bomb to left to tie the game at 1. That was a pretty swing. He absolutely crushed it.

THIRD INNING:

Mikolas only needed 7 pitches to record three outs.

In the third, the Cardinals got timely hits from different players and took advantage of some Brewers defensive miscues. It started when Wong ripped a single to right. “His confidence is just overflowing,” exclaimed the FS1 commentator. Mikolas laid down a bunt but Miley threw to second for the force out. Carpenter was then safe on a fielder’s choice. Yadi reached first on a dropped third strike and Carpenter moved into scoring position.

Tyler O’Neill’s pop up fell in shallow right and a run scored. Next, Ozuna walked. Then DeJong, with two outs and the bases loaded, came through on a 2 run single up the middle. That looked like a routine play for the second baseman but the shift was on. Those 3 runs made it 4-1 Redbirds after three.

FOURTH INNING:

Mikolas settled in nicely and allowed no base runners.

Still 4-1.

FIFTH INNING:

Miley reached on an infield single to short but that was all Milwaukee could muster. Our score remained 4-1.

SIXTH INNING:

Cain doubled to right. Aguilar later singled and advanced to second on O’Neill’s throw in between third and home. With one out and runners at second and third, the Brewers had a real chance to trim the lead. But Mikolas struck out Shaw and Thames to end it.

Knebel entered the contest and struck out Ozuna. DeJong was safe on a bobbled ball by Aguilar. They said it was an error on the throw. DeJong stole second! His first stolen base of the season. Following a Gyorko walk, Bader tripled in the gap and that scored two more. 6-1 Birds.

SEVENTH INNING:

Mike Mayers tossed a scoreless seventh.

EIGHTH INNING:

Yelich hit a solo homer. Bader made a diving catch in center and the fans gave him a standing ovation. Well deserved.

Shreve doesn’t allow any more runs. 6-2.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals added to their lead. DeJong’s double scored Ozuna. 7-2.

NINTH INNING:

Poncedeleon pitches a scoreless ninth and that’s a winner!

Cardinals 7, Brewers 2

Sammy Stava on Twitter:

With the win tonight, the improved to 35-25 against the NL Central, currently owning a winning record vs every team in the division.

Cubs (9-7)

Reds (11-5)

Brewers (8-7)

Pirates (7-6)

One thought on “8/18 Recap: Cards Clinch 7th Straight Series win

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s