September 18, 2015

Late Brewers charge not enough to overcome Cardinals

MILWAUKEE--MILLER PARK--Tommy Pham of the St. Louis Cardinals continues to power through opposing pitchers, this time, Jimmy Nelson (11-13) of the Milwaukee Brewers, as the Cards complete a three-game sweep in Wisconsin Thursday night with a 6-3 win.

John Lackey (12-9) went seven complete innings on the hill as the Cardinals' starter, giving up nothing in the way of runs and striking out eight Brewers.

Matt Carpenter's double and home run, pretty much taken for granted by Cards fans, added to Pham's double and triple translated in five platings.

All six St. Louis runs were scored in six innings. Milwaukee made a late-inning charge, and while Jean Segura's ninth-inning, three-run homer got some nerves jangling in the Cards' dugout, it was all the fireworks the Brewers had to offer.

The win is number 92 for St. Louis.

Scoreboard watchers saw the Central-racing Cubs defeat the Pirates at PNC, 9-6. The Chicago victory helped the Cardinals' cause, maintaining a seven game lead on the Cubs and pushing the Pirates back to a five-game lead.

For the Central Division racing Bucs and Cubs, their Wild Card hopes are only two games apart due to Chicago's win Thursday night.