Car­di­nals ‘leav­ing mad’ af­ter de­feat

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

ST. LOUIS — A one-run loss to the Brew­ers left Kolten Wong and the Car­di­nals frus­trated.

Ryan Braun hit a solo home run in the ninth in­ning, lead­ing the Brew­ers to a 2-1 win that dropped the Car­di­nals back in the NLwild-card race. They are a half-game be­hind the Mets for the se­cond wild-card slot af­ter the Mets posted a 10-3 drub­bing of the Braves in At­lanta.

“I think ev­ery­one in this club­house is leav­ing here mad to­day,” Wong said. “We know this is what we play this game for. This is where the ex­cite­ment comes and it’s ei­ther show up or go home.”

In Satur­day’s 5-1 win, the Car­di­nals scored five runs in the eighth to win the game. It didn’t work out that way Sun­day.

The Car­di­nals tied it in the eighth when Matt Car­pen­ter dou­bled and scored on Stephen Pis­cotty’s sac­ri­fice fly off Tyler Thorn­burg (6-5).

But Braun gave the Brew­ers the lead in the ninth. Thorn­burg struck out three in the ninth to give the Car­di­nals the loss.

“It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing af­ter get­ting it tied up,” Car­di­nals man­ager Mike Ma­theny said. “In these close games, you feel like you got a real shot, and they’re al­ways hard to swal­low this time of year.”

Car­di­nals rookie Luke Weaver al­lowed three hits in six in­nings, strik­ing out eight.

“I learned a lot to­day,” Weaver said. “I went with the fast­ball and trusted it and mixed some off­speed pitches in early and it worked out. I got some ground balls and just at­tacked.”

The Brew­ers’ run off Weaver came in the first on sin­gles by Scooter Gen­nett and Braun and a sac­ri­fice fly from Chris Carter.

The Brew­ers had just four hits, with Braun get­ting the only one af­ter the fifth in­ning.

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