The Cardinals completed their 30th anniversary celebration of the 1982 World Series championship in style Sunday night, sweeping the Brewers with a 3-0 finale.
Daniel Descalso, whose bat has finally got into a grove thanks to getting regular playing time, pushed home home the first run of the game in the second inning with a triple. Nevermind that the Redbirds couldn't score Descalso with their clean-up hitter at the plate and one out.
Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse was able to shut the Brew Crew down for six innings, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out six, until the Birds could muster up a couple of insurance runs.
In the seventh, Decalso singled and Allen Craig doubled him home with two outs when he burned Milwaukee centerfielder Carlos Gomez with a ball over his head. In the eighth, Beltran doubled and David Freese singled him in.
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Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte each added a scoreless inning of relief and the Cardinals reached to 10 games over .500 mark for the first time of the season.
The icing on the cake came when hot dog Milwaukee outfield Nyjer Morgan -- you know, the guy who invited Cardinals fans to enjoy watching the Brewers in the 2011 playoffs -- entered the game as a pinch hitter. He popped up to St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina during a bunt attempt and Molina threw to first base to complete the double play before the runner could get back.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Decalso was 3-for-4 including his triple. He scored a run and drove in another.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Descalso's triple
Lowlight: Rafael again couldn't make the start because of his stiff back and shin splints. He did make a pinch hitting appearance and made an out, lowering his batting average to .266.
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