Hud was soooooooooo close. Sooooooooo close. And lemme tell ya, I was on edge too. I’ve never gotten the chance to score a no-no or a perfect game (and I’ve scored a million baseball games going back to being a young fella). But that’s besides the point.
Dakota Hudson was on point tonight. His sinker/slider was a great combo tonight. Everything was effective, even to the lefties that have plagued Hud this season. The Brewers loaded their lineup with six lefties tonight, and they were a combined (0-13) vs Hud.
The Cardinals would give Hud a 2-0 cushion in the bottom of the 5th, executing two perfect hit and runs. Carp led the inning off with a walk and Yadi followed that up shooting a bass hit into RF on the hit and run, putting runners on the corners for KoWo.
Davies would get KoWo to ground into a 4-6 fielder’s choice, Wong beating it out by a step to drive in Carp to make it 1-0.
Hud then scarified Wong to 2B for the top of the order in Fowler, who showed off his hit and run prowess by blooping an rbi single into shallow LF to score KoWo to make it 2-0.
Pauly Deez had himself quite the 6th inning. It started with his diving stop to preserve the no-hitter with one out in the top of the inning, taking away the Brewers first base hit, ranging to his left to rob Grisham.
He followed that up with a LONG solo HR with two outs in the bottom of the 6th, taking out the ‘M’ in Big Mac Land along the way. It was his 22nd HR of the season, and he sure is creeping up on the franchise all-time season record for HR in a season from a SS.
The Brewers would get their first base hit in the top of the 8th with two outs, as Grandal lined a ground rule double into the RF corner off of Gallegos, moving Arcia to 3B (reached base safely on a DeJong error). Miller would come in for the final four outs, coming in to face Yelich upon entering. The Cards would elect to walk Yelich intentionally, his third walk of the night, to load the bases for Moustakas. Miller would get Moustakas to swing first pitch, grounding out to KoWo into the shift.
Miller ended the game with a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th, striking out Piña (pinch-hitting for Thames) on a high 92mph heater for the second out. Gamel would fly out to Swags to end the game, securing the one-hit shutout victory for the Cardinals, 3-0.
Michael Wacha Flocka (6-6, 5.44) gets the nod in game-two, matching up against the veteran left-hander, Gio Gonzalez* (2-1, 3.81). First pitch 6:45pm c/t.