09/25 22:53 CDT Cardinals, Brewers split doubleheader amid playoff chase
Cardinals, Brewers split doubleheader amid playoff chase
By JASON L. YOUNG
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched one-hit ball over six innings,
Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee
Brewers 9-1 to split their pivotal doubleheader Friday night.
In the opener, Christian Yelich homered and Brent Suter combined with Devin
Williams and Josh Hader on a five-hitter for the Brewers in a 3-0 win.
Both teams are among six NL clubs still vying for two open postseason spots.
Milwaukee is two games behind St. Louis, and the Cardinals are percentage
points behind Cincinnati for second place in the NL Central. The Reds clinched
a playoff berth later Friday.
The top two teams in each division advance to the playoffs. The Brewers,
Cardinals and Reds are also in contention for the two NL wild cards up for
grabs as they finish the season with this five-game series.
"I would have liked to have swept the doubleheader for sure," St. Louis manager
Mike Shildt said. "It was a good baseball game in the first game and we handled
our business in the second game."
Ponce de Leon (1-3) faced one over the minimum, surrendering a walk to No. 9
hitter Jacob Nottingham in the third, before Orlando Arica hit his fifth homer
of the season to straightaway center. Ponce de Leon surrendered his second walk
with two outs before finishing his outing by getting Ryon Healy to fly to right
Ponce de Leon struck out six as he earned his first Major League win in 20
"Nobody ever thinks they're never going to get a win," said Ponce de Leon, who
is in his third season with the Cardinals. "There's nothing you can do. You win
some, you lose some. Or you lose a lot in a row.
"But the team's always got my back and they put up 100 today; it felt like it."
Dylan Carlson and Matt Wieters each drove in two to back him.
Josh Lindblom (2-4) has lost four of his past five decisions. He allowed three
runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings. He also struck out two and walked one.
The Cardinals broke it open in the fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate.
Kolten Wong led off with a single and scored on Edman's fifth homer of the
season, a shot to right field. Carlson doubled to score two and two more came
in on Wieters' single.
St. Louis took a 3-0 lead in the second on a wild pitch that brought in Paul De
Jong and an RBI triple from Wong. Edman scored on Matt Carpenter's double in
"Coming out hot with the bats, especially after our performance in Game 1, was
huge for us," Edman said. "We just built on that momentum throughout the game,
and Ponce was great for us."
In the opener, Yelich's 12th home run of the season in the third gave Milwaukee
a 3-0 lead. It came three pitches after Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (4-3)
crumpled to the ground during his delivery of an 0-2 pitch. Flaherty sat for
about a minute, sometimes grimacing in pain, before resuming.
He lasted five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He also struck out
five and walked four.
Suter pitched two-hit ball over four innings, Williams (2-0) solidified his
Rookie of the Year resume with two tidy innings and Hader came on for his 12th
save in 14 tries.
The left-handed Suter struck out four and walked one in his longest outing of
"It was a big win. We need a couple more this weekend to stay alive," he said.
The Brewers scored twice in the second. Eric Sogard's single scored Daniel
Vogelbach, and Keston Hiura came in on Arcia's groundout to third.
The Brewers were slated to serve as the home team in the opener of the
doubleheader but instead did so in the nightcap.
Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes was placed on the 10-day injury list with a left
oblique strain. He left Thursday's game after pitching 3 2/3 innings during
which he gave up three runs and six hits in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis. INF Healy
was recalled from the Brewers alternate training site to take the roster spot.
Cardinals: RHP John Gant faced one batter in relief of Flaherty, throwing five
pitches and giving up a single to Hiura, before leaving with right groin
tightness. St. Louis placed him on the 10-Day Injured List after the game and
recalled RHP Nabil Crismatt.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-5, 3.43) is going after his first win since
Aug. 25. He is 0-3 in his past five starts, including dropping a 4-2 decision
Sept. 16 against St. Louis when he pitched all seven innings in the opener of a
Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (5-2, 3.05) has lost two of his past three
decisions after starting the season 4-0. His last win came against Milwaukee on
Sept. 16 during which he went the distance in the first game of a doubleheader.
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