The bad news is that the Cardinals bullpen blew what should have been Adam Ottavino's first major league win.
But the news is that the Redbirds came back and won their contest against the Brewers 5-4 in extra innings, stealing a game with an inexpirienced kid on the mound.
Ottavino pitched five good innings with five hits and two runs allowed. The walks that soured his last start weren't a problem this time as he issued only one free pass. He might have got out of Dodge with only one run allowed, but the bullpen blew up after Ottavino left the game with one on and no outs in the sixth and a 4-1 lead.
Cardinals rightfielder Ryan Ludwick makes a game saving catch in the ninth inning Saturday against the Brewers. AP photo.
Dennys Reyes came into the game and poured gasoline on the fire. He gave up two hits and a walk without recording an out. Ottavino's only runs allowed were to the first batter and the last batter he faced in the game.
Ricky Weeks hit a two strike homer to give Milwaukee an early lead. But the Cardinals started off like a runaway train and scored four runs when Felipe Lopez led off with a double and then Albert Pujols hit his second homer of the season at Busch Stadium. Matt Holliday restarted the rally with a walk and a stolen base. Yadier Molina walked and then Colby Rasmus doubled home a pair to make the score 4-1.
Both offenses took the better part of the rest of the afternoon off. The Brewers put up their three spot in the third and that was it until Aaron Miles and Molina sigled and Rasmus got a hit to right field to drive home the winning run.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Rasmus was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Rasmus' game winning single in the eleventh.
Lowlight: Reyes' poor relief performance.