Cardinals Fowler Three-Hole Shot for 6-5 Win To Sweep The Phillies. Next-Up, The Brewers

By Beth Chapman
Jun. 12, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright gave up two earned runs to the Philadelphia Phillies early in the game for their 2-0 lead. Until the fifth and Dexter Fowler gave the Cardinals the lead by one run taking Wainwright off the hook.

Phillies Aaron Nola was taking care of the Cardinals, holding them scoreless. In the bottom of the fifth, he had his sixth strikeout and issued his second walk, two outs on the board, two runners on the corners. Fowler to the plate. With a 3-1 count, Fowler drives the ball out over the rightfield wall for a three-hole shot to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

And, to give Wainwright a sigh of relief.

Cardinals Tommy Pham added a RBI single; along with Eric Fryer with his RBI single in the sixth. However, the Phillies were not giving in to the Cardinals three run lead.

Matt Bowman saw a high flyer by Daniel Nava for a two-out solo home run in the seventh. Trevor Rosenthal, in for the eighth, lights out with three strikeouts taking down the side. In the bottom of the eighth, facing Hector Neris, issued a walk, got his first two outs with Aledmys Diaz hitting into a double play. Pham connected for a single to put two runners on. Kolten Wong doubled deep to right center for a RBI double to return the Cardinals to a three run cushion.

Cardinals closer Seung-Hwan "The Final Out" Oh. Just when Cardinals fans thought they had the game in hand, Oh allowed two runners on. One out, Odubel Herrara connects for a RBI single. Oh gets his second out, followed by a RBI single by Howie Kendrick to deflate the Cardinals cushion down to a one run lead. Still, two runners on.

Oh earned every bit of his nickname facing Tommy Joseph, who was able to connect the wood to the leather. The ball sailed into rightfield. RF Stephen Piscotty fielded the hit to hand Oh his 15 save; and, Wainwright his seventh win. Nola was handed his fourth loss.

Not only a win in yesterday's game, but gave the Cardinals their second sweep at home.

After a 20 game stretch, the Cardinals finally have a day off today. They will prepare to host the Milwaukee Brewers in a four game series due to a make-up game from May 3, which was postponed because of weather. The first two games will be a double-header tomorrow.

NEXT UP ~ TWO GAME DAY

DAY GAME, 1:15 CST: Cardinals Lance Lynn (4-3/2.88 ERA) will face Brewers Jimmy Nelson (4-3/3.45 ERA). Lynn is 1-0/1.50 ERA facing the Brewers this season. 6 IP/1 ER with 7 SO. Nelson (0-1) logged a 5.06 ERA/3 ER/4 Runs with 5 SO his last appearance facing St. Louis.

NIGHT GAME, 7:15 CST: Cardinals called up rookie LHP Marco Gonzales from Memphis Triple-A for the double-header. He has not pitched in the majors since 2015. He returned to the mound, after his Tommy John's surgery last season, as starter for the Memphis Redbirds. Gonzales has found success with Triple-A Memphis this season, as he currently sports a 3.26 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 24:9 K:BB ratio over 30.1 innings. [CBSSports.com]

He will make the start facing Brewers prospect RHP Paolo Espino (0-0/5.63 ERA). He has made two starts for the Brewers this season, May 19; and, his most recent June 8. In each of his outings, he only saw four innings pitched. In his total eight innings, he has given up 2 HR/5 ER/6 Runs with only issuing two walks and logged six strikeouts.

AFTER CARDINALS SHAKE-UP

Since the Cardinals announced the coaching staff moves prior to the series against the Phillies, Cardinals have shown much better play in the field and at the plate. And, with the sweep under their cleats, some will say it was against a Philadelphia team that is in a re-build. Whatever the case may be, no team can be taken for granted.

Now, they host the #1 team in the NL Central, the Brewers (33-31). No one was expecting their early season success in 2017. The Brewers have proven to be a strong team; and, will test the Cardinals (29-32, 2.5 games back) new found motivation and solid play. In the previous seven games total (2 four games series), the Cardinals hold an edge, 4-3, over the Brewers.

Baseball is not an easy sport; even though, the critics in the cheap seats seem to feel otherwise. But, to begin a series with a double-header adds a new level of strength and tenacity for both teams. This next series for the Cardinals will be interesting to see how these four games play out.

The Brewers come to St. Louis after their road trip to Arizona against the Diamondbacks. They won the first game, but lost the series in their three games.

COVERAGE FOR CARDINALS FANS

Both games for the double-header will be covered by Fox Sports Midwest.