Chi Chi González would matchup with Jack Flaherty, making his second start of the season, in tonight’s second game of the four-game set. The Cardinals would jump on Chi Chi early, getting two runs courtesy a Yepez rbi groundout to Peterson to score Donovan (single to CF) and a Gorman rbi single to RF to plate Arenado (double to LF).
The Brewers would get those two runs back immediately, as Flaherty would labor all evening, nibbling and falling behind in most plate appearances. Flaherty would allow 5 walks all evening in his 3IP, surrendering 3 in the 1st. Adames would make the first one pay, blasting his 14th HR of the season to RF to tie things up at 2-2. A nifty double play started by a Gorman shovel pass to Edman at 2B would end the inning to take us to the 2nd.
Flaherty would grind his way thru his final 2 innings this evening, stranding two runners on base in the 2nd frame. Urías would line a leadoff single to LF and after two fly outs, Yelich would lace a single to RF to put a couple runners on for Adames. Flaherty would get Adames to fly out to Carlson to end the inning.
Flaherty would end his evening after getting out of the 3rd, allowing back-to-back walks to Tellez and McCutchen to start the inning. Two fly outs and his only strikeout, sandwiched in between to Caratini on a slider, would end his evening at 3IP, 3H, 2ER, 5bb/ 1k.
Nolan Gorman would give the Cardinals the 3-2 lead with one out in the top of the 4th, blasting a 428 foot bomb off Chi Chi González, his 2nd rbi of the game.
The Cards pen would work 6IP of scoreless ball in relief of Flaherty tonight, allowing just one hit (Urías 2B off Helsley with one out in 9th), striking out five.
Zack Thompson looked super SHARP in his 1.2IP, pounding strike after strike and hitting 95mph consistently with his heater, also mixing in a devastating curveball (see strikeout to Tellez for reference).
Nolan Gorman would put his stamp on this game again before the night was over, blasting his second HR of the night (his 1st HR this season not exceeding 400+ feet off the bat), sending a leadoff nuke in the 7th to RF off of Sánchez, his first multi HR game of his career.
Gorman would collect another hit before the night was over, an rbi single to LF to complete his second 4+ hit & 4+ rbi game of his early career.
VerHagen (0.1IP), Gio (2IP), Helsley (2IP) shut things down the final 4.1IP, as Helsley added to huge strikeouts on the games final two batters, striking out Taylor on 101mph cheese to end the evening with a 6-2 Cardinals victory. Congrats to Zack Thompson on his first career major league victory!!!
Uncle Charlie (5-5, 3.06) takes the ball tomorrow, matching up with LHP, Eric Lauer* (6-2, 3.57). First pitch from Milwaukee is scheduled for 7:10pm c/t.