MILWAUKEE • Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run at Miller Park Monday night, which isn’t that unusual because he has 13 in 28 career games here. Paul DeJong followed that in the Cardinals’ first with a homer at 462 feet, 19 feet farther than that of Goldschmidt.
But the two of them, and everybody else on the Cardinals not to mention all the king's horses and all the king's men, were no match for reigning National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Yelich took 55 minutes of extra batting practice in the afternoon before he took on the Cardinals, against whom he had homered four times in four games here at the start of the season.
He said he hadn’t been “locked in.” And then Yelich hit three homers, two of the three-run variety, and drove in a franchise-tying seven runs to lock out the Cardinals in a toe-to-toe slugfest the Brewers won 10-7. It is the fourth time the Cardinals have lost to the Brewers in the first five games of the 10-pack they will have played by a week from Wednesday.
The Cardinals, after falling behind 6-3 in another ragged start by Dakota Hudson, had tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth. But Mike Mayers, before leaving the game with an apparent injury, allowed a single to Yasmani Grandal and walked Lorenzo Cain before Yelich hit his seventh homer of the season _ with a drive to right.
In the eighth, Yelich even solved John Brebbia, who hadn't given up a run in 10 1/3 innings. This one, a shot to left center, counted only as one.
Counting the end of last season, in which Yelich drove in six runs in a game against them in St. Louis, Yelich has 21 RBIs and eight homers in his last seven games against the Cardinals. And in one of those games, on Sept. 26 of last year, the Cardinals walked him five times in five plate appearances. That may be the only way around this.
For good measure, right fielder Yelich also made a diving catch in the seventh to take away a hit from Kolten Wong.
UMP KULPA STAGGERED, CARDS CATCH UP
The Cardinals-Milwaukee Brewers lost an umpire and the Brewers lost a three-run lead Monday night as the Cardinals rallied to tie the score at 6-6 with a three-run flurry in the sixth inning, featuring run-scoring hits by Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna.
St. Louisan Ron Kulpa, working the plate, left the game after catcher Yasmani Grandal, just inserted in a double switch, whiffed on a Junior Guerra fastball, which hit Kulpa high on his mask. Dexter Fowler scored from third on the passed ball. With a possible concussion at stake, Kulpa, who was walking under his own power, went for medical attention and crew chief Jerry Meals, who had been umpiring at third, took over behind the plate and the game finished with three umpires. The game was delayed for more than 10 minutes while Meals changed into his home-plate gear.
When it did resume, Goldschmidt rifled Guerra’s next subsequent pitch for a run-scoring hit to right field. Paul DeJong flied to center and Carpenter decided not to rest Lorenzo Cain’s arm. Meals then, too, was hit in the mask by Ozuna’s foul ball before Ozuna singled to center to chase home Carpenter
GOLDSCHMIDT, DEJONG GO BACK TO BACK
Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run at Miller Park Monday night, which isn’t that unusual because he has 13 in 28 career games here. Paul DeJong followed that in the Cardinals’ first with a homer at 462 feet, 19 feet farther than that of Goldschmidt.
But Cardinals righthander Dakota Hudson had given up the first three homers in his major league career in his first big-league start on March 30. He was worse on Monday night, giving up six runs in the second inning, featuring a three-run homer by Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, a solo homer by Mike Moustakas and a two-out, run-scoring single to pitcher Freddy Peralta, who had been one for 31 in his career until he put the Brewers ahead.
Yelich's rally-capper was his fifth homer against the Cardinals in five games here this season.
O'NEILL LEAVES WITH SORE ARM AFTER BAD THROW
A throwing error by center fielder Tyler O’Neill, who fired the ball well high and wide of home plate as Gamel scored also contributed to the Brewers' outburst. O'Neill, who was forced to make one more throw in the inning, had to leave the game in the next inning because of a sore throwing arm.
Drew Robinson, just recalled, struck out as a pinch hitter in the Cardinals' third after Yadier Molina had doubled in the Cardinals’ third run. Goldschmidt and DeJong led off the inning by going back-to-back again. They both walked.
Milwaukee led 6-3 into the fourth.
Goldschmidt disagreed, correctly it seemed, that he hadn’t tipped a ball into the mitt of catcher Manny Pina for a third strike with two men on in the fourth against reliever Matt Albers. With the Cardinals running a little low on players, Goldschmidt couldn’t afford to be kicked out, so manager Mike Shildt took up the argument, but on civil terms with St. Louis-native Ron Kulpa, the home plate umpire.
Paul DeJong then came up empty by popping to first baseman Thames, who made a good play in short right field and the Cardinals stranded two runners, giving them six in four innings.
GOLDSCHMIDT IS THE BEST AT MILLER
Goldschmidt, the most productive hitter with at least 100 at-bats in the history of Miller Park, was at it again Monday night.
The Cardinals’ first baseman, a .413 career batsman before the game, ripped his 13th homer in 28 games at Miller and fifth of the season here when he drilled a Freddy Peralta fastball 443 feet to left center in the first inning. But then Paul DeJong upstaged that, walloping another Peralta fastball higher and farther, 462 feet, to left center and it was 2-0 Cardinals, who homered back-to-back for the third time this season, all against the Brewers.
In a little old-school baseball, Peralta then hit the next batter, Marcell Ozuna, in the left arm. That was the extent of the fireworks in the inning as Yadier Molina and Tyler O’Neill were retired although Ozuna forgot to run from first on O’Neill’s popup which was the third out.
Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who had snatched a potential game-tying homer away from Jose Martinez in the first game of the season here, took a possible two-run homer from Matt Carpenter with a leaping catch at the right-center field wall to end the second.
Milwaukee's Mike Moustakas, who had hit one of three home runs off Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson a couple of weeks ago, then smacked his sixth to open the Milwaukee second and it was 2-1.
ROBINSON 'KIND OF SHOCKED' BY RECALL
The Cardinals reverted to 12 pitchers from 13 with the optioning of Giovanny Gallegos, who got to pitch in his native Mexico Sunday, and the recall of utilityman Drew Robinson from Class AAA Memphis.
In addition, utilityman Yairo Munoz, who was the 26th man for the out of-country series with Cincinnati, was returned to Memphis where he must spent at least a couple of more days before he can be recalled from his option of just more than a week ago.
Gallegos gained his first major league win on Thursday in St. Louis but allowed a home run in his lone inning on Sunday in Mexico. Robinson was nothing for three in pinch hitting assignments with the Cardinals before being optioned to Memphis, where he was hitting .229.
For this reason, Robinson said he was surprised to get the word from manager Ben Johnson with the Memphis team at Round Rock.
“When I saw Ben had called on my phone, I was kind of shocked,” said Robinson. “But that’s how the way it works if you’re on the 40-man (roster), even if you’re not playing as well.”
Robinson said he was playing “not great. But it was only nine games. I was kind of knocking the rust off.”
Robinson had only pinch hit for the Cardinals the week he was up.
BADER STILL OUT
Tyler O’Neill, who hit his first homer of the season on Sunday in Monterrey, again was in center field as Harrison Bader tended to a bothersome right hamstring. Bader said he was “ready to go,” although he hadn’t run yet. Manager Mike Shildt said he wanted to wait another day to re-evaluate and Bader largely was unavailable Monday night.
“It’s still tight,” said Shildt. “He’s doing a lot better but we don’t want to be overly aggressive with anything to do with the lower half (of the body).”
Back in St. Louis, righthander Carlos Martinez, recovering from a shoulder strain, threw another 20 pitch session, mixing two-seam and four-seam fastballs. He will have a similar session before he faces some hitters, which likely will take place in Jupiter, Fla., at the Cardinals’ spring camp. Then a minor league rehabilitation option is in the offing.
HUDSON SEEKS REBOUND
Dakota Hudson, who allowed the first three homers of his big-league career here in his first major-league start on March 30, will face Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta here Monday night. The Brewers lead the Cardinals by ½ game in the National League Central Division standings.
1. Matt Carpenter 3b
2. Paul Goldschmidt 1b
3. Paul DeJong ss
4. Marcell Ozuna lf
5. Yadier Molina c
6. Tyler O’Neill cf
7. Dexter Fowler rf
8. Kolten Wong 2b
9. Dakota Hudson p
1. Lorenzo Cain cf
2. Christian Yelich rf
3. Travis Shaw 3b
4. Mike Moustakas 2b
5. Eric Thames 1b
6. Manny Pina c
7. Ben Gamel lf
8. Orlando Arcia ss
9. Freddy Peralta