Homers haunt Hudson in first career start
The vibe was set from the first batter of tonight’s game. Leadoff guy himself getting robbed of a hit from Yelich to begin things, just made your stomach uneasy. Guess what? That same Yelich fella went yard for the 3rd time this series his first at bat in the bottom of the 1st, taking a Hudson sinker to left center to make it 1-0 Brewers.
Hudson had some problems vs lefties all night, a problem that isn’t a surprise, as this is something we’ve known watching Hudson in the past and the minor leagues.
The Cards would answer in the top of the 3rd, getting some of that two out magic from none other than the new guy, Pauly Geez.
KoWo got the inning started with a single to CF, getting moved over to second base on a perfect sac bunt from Hud. Woodruff then struck out Carp before giving up a game tying single to Goldy, making it 1-1, as he drove the ball between Shaw and Arcia to bring in Wong.
Unfortunately the Brewers answered for three of their own in the bottom of the 3rd. Hud opened the inning with a nasty strikeout of the former NL MVP, Yelich, getting him to whiff at a slider.
Travis Shaw followed Yelich by hitting a solo HR to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead. The bleeding continued as Grandal would tap a slow roller into the shift to Wong at second, who threw a hot one over to Goldy, who would ultimately mishandle it for an error on the play.
Moustakas took advantage of the misplay, sending a two-run bomb of his own to LF next, extending the Crew lead to 4-1. Hudson would answer back to strikeout the final two of the inning, getting Thames and Gamel to strikeout.
The Cardinals would cut the Brewers lead to 4-2 in the 4th, as Swags kept killing them with singles, leading off the inning with a base knock to RF. Woodruff answered getting the next two, before allowing a walk to Fowler to bring in KoWo. KoWo slapped a two bagger down the 3B line to bring in Swags, bringing up the pitchers spot, and Shildt decided to stick with Hudson instead of pinch-hitting Cafecíto (a very questionable decision imo). Hud ended up grounding out back to Woodruff to end the inning, stranding Fowler and Wong in scoring position.
Woodruff would strikeout the side in the 5th, getting Carp and Goldy to begin the inning. Pauly Deez would rip a double down the 3B line, passing things onto Swags, who swung and missed at a Woodruff slider outside.
Hud would get ran from the game in the bottom half of the 5th, walking his first two while striking out Grandal looking in between. Mike Mayers, making his first appearance of the season, would relieve Hudson, freezing Thames (his 3rd strikeout of the game) on a heater. The Cardinals would elect to intentionally walk Gamel to go after Arcia with the bases juiced. The move paid off, as Arcia lined out softly to DeJong at SS.
Both teams would get one hit the final four innings.
KoWo made things exciting to leadoff the top of the 7th, dropping a perfect bunt down the 3B line on the left-handed Claudio. Claudio bounced back to get two fly outs to Cain, and Wilson would come in to face Goldy, getting him to strikeout on a two-seamer.
Leone would work the final two innings for the Cards pen, working two hitless frames (walking two, striking out one).
But this game stood no chance once Josh Hader appeared from the pen for the save in the 9th. Hader would face O’Neill, Fowler, and Muñoz (pinch-hitting for KoWo) and deliver an immaculate inning, striking out the side on nine pitches to end the game 4-2 in favor of the bad guys.
Michael Wacha makes his 2019 debut, looking to split the four-game set, tomorrow afternoon vs Corbin Burnes. First pitch from Miller Park is 1:10pm c/t.