Cardinals vs. Brewers – Match Recap – September 22, 2021


MILWAUKEE – – Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill hit a home run as the St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th straight game, extending their lead for second place in the NL wild card and beating the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 Wednesday evening.

Goldschmidt also doubled, scored and scored four points to help St. Louis extend their best winning streak since an 11-game streak in 2001.

The Cardinals’ longest winning streak in franchise history is 14, in 1935 with a team led by Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean.

St. Louis was 8 ½ games away from a wildcard spot on August 10 before jumping. They now lead by 4 1/2 games over Cincinnati and Philadelphia for the last place in the NL playoffs.

“We are growing compared to the previous days. We’ve grown from today, we’ll have the day after tomorrow, “said manager Mike Shildt.” One of the biggest things this team does is stay present, so it’s about staying present, to keep playing, to get out of it. “

The Brewers clinched their fourth straight playoff spot on September 18, but have since lost four straight games, including three to the Cardinals. They have scored a total of just five points in the three games against St. Louis.

“You are scoring points, up and down the roster, with tough shots,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We have to put in a couple of hits. We haven’t done it. It’s no secret what the offense is. We haven’t done it in the last four or five days. We haven’t. we’re going to have to score more points, I think that’s pretty clear. We will. I just haven’t done it again tonight.

The Brewers, whose magic number to win the NL Central remained at three, lead the Cardinals by 8½ games.

Miles Mikolas (2-2), who missed all of 2020 with a right shoulder injury and a considerable part of this season with a forearm contraction, allowed two runs and four hits in seven rounds. It was his longest outing of the season.

“I like to feel a little bit of pressure there like, hey don’t let go of the ball, don’t spoil this, we’ve got a really great streak here,” said Mikolas. “I like having a little bit of pressure on me. I think a little bit of pressure brings out the best in most. I think it brings out the best in me for sure.”

“You make a little snowball on top of the mountain, you push it down, it keeps picking up snow, bigger and bigger,” he said. “I think that’s a bit of a metaphor for what we’re doing right now.”

St. Louis scored six runs before Milwaukee starter Brett Anderson (4-9) went with two strikeouts in the second inning. He faced 13 batters, allowing six hits, including one homerun and three consecutive doubles.

The left-hander was reinstated on the list of injured 10 days to take the start. He had abandoned his previous start after two innings after being hit by a line workout and injuring his left shoulder.

“Physically, I felt good. Just command, he took off and wasn’t able to throw out the second inning, ”said Anderson.

O’Neill’s 29th home run gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the first. Tommy Edman hit a sacrificial volley in the second which led to two runs – the runners were able to score third and second after center fielder Lorenzo Cain crashed into the wall as he caught up and fell in the ground.

Goldschmidt hit a 433-foot homerun, his 27th, against Hunter Strickland in the eighth. The Cardinals had 15 hits, including two each by O’Neill, Nolan Arenado, Edmundo Sosa, Dylan Carlson and Harrison Bader.

Mikolas struck out 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced. He made his eighth start of the season and his seventh since his activation on August 20.

The 33-year-old right-hander, a 2018 All-Star, threw a 5â…” shutout on his last start, a win over the Padres.

Avisaíl García hit his 29th home run of the season against Mikolas in the seventh.

Jace Peterson, who started the game on first, scored a ninth goalless goal for Milwaukee.


Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty will start Friday’s game two of Friday’s doubles program against the Cubs, Shildt said. Flaherty participated in the 10-day IL (right shoulder sprain) on August 25. … Arenado left the game in the fifth inning with low back strain. In the second, he made a sneaky take of a popup before collapsing onto the tarp roll in foul territory in left field to take out Omar Narváez.

Brewers: Counsell made a remark about SS Willy Adames, who has been off for the night. “The best thing I can say about Willy is that there are a lot of players out there who love the game. Willy loves every part of the day, basically,” said Counsell. “He likes to practice batting, he goes to the gym, he loves it, he loves every part of it. It fades for everyone.


Managers commented ahead of the game on how the Cardinals set up their winning streak. “Consistency in pitching and attacking, I think those who work in sync,” said Shildt. “We’ve been playing pretty clean baseball, for the most part, all season. But we have our pitch and then our punches that go together. This is what makes the difference.

Counsell said: “They get contributions from a lot of players on their roster on different nights, they don’t make mistakes that beat them, they get hits in a timely manner. This is something that has to happen.


The four-game streak ends Thursday afternoon with RHP Cardinals Adam Wainwright (16-7, 2.89 ERA) facing RHP Brewers Adrian Houser (9-6, 3.43 ERA). Wainwright, 40, who pitched 196 innings, won five straight starts until a no-decision on his last outing. Houser struck out seven batters and allowed three hits in a shutout in his last start against the Cardinals on September 4.



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