National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Milwaukee|
(Tuesday, July 17th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - After blowing his sixth save of the season
Monday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke pulled the plug on John Axford as closer
and gave the ball to Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning Tuesday.
Rodriguez didn't make things easy for himself, but notched his second save of
the year, helping Milwaukee take a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the
middle installment of a three-game set.
David Freese led off with a double and the Cards had runners on the corners
with none out after Yadier Molina singled to center in the ninth.
But Rodriguez worked out of the jam. He induced Matt Carpenter into a
groudout to shortstop, struck out Skip Schumaker and got Daniel Descalso
to pop up to shortstop to tally the 293rd save of his career.
"That's not usually how Rodriguez starts, but I've seen Frankie get out of
stuff like that over the years," Roenicke said.
Rickie Weeks smacked a long solo homer, while Randy Wolf (3-6) fanned six and
allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings.
Ryan Braun exited the contest in the seventh inning with a right adductor
Joe Kelly (1-2) surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and a walk
for the Cardinals, who have dropped four of their last five games.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left the game after being hit by a Wolf
fastball above his left knee in the first inning. His 15-game hitting streak
will stay intact because his only plate appearance was not an official at-bat.
"It got him around the knees, he just couldn't run," Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny said of Holliday's injury.
The Brewers struck first in the opening frame on Corey Hart's RBI single to
left, but the Cardinals went in front with a pair of runs in the third.
Rafael Furcal worked a one-out walk, Allen Craig singled and Furcal came home
on Jon Jay's double to left. Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly plated Craig to
give the Cards a 2-1 edge.
But Milwaukee retaliated with a run in the third on Aramis Ramirez's RBI
single and Weeks banged one off the facade in left-center for a solo
blast in the fourth to make it 3-2 in favor of the home team.
"I threw it right down the middle and I thought I would've hit it out myself,"
Kelly said of the homer.
The Cards threatened in the seventh with men on second and third with one
away, but Lance Berkman struck out and Furcal popped out to end the frame.
Lance Berkman was ejected in the top of the seventh inning for arguing balls
and strikes...It was Rodriguez's first save since April 10 against the Chicago
Cubs...St. Louis was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position while Milwaukee
07/18 02:27:40 ET