September 16, 2015

One extra and one Heyward homer gives Cardinals win in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE--MILLER PARK--It took an extra inning and a Jason Heyward bomb to right field with Stephen Piscotty on base to push the St. Louis Cardinals ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-1, a lead that would stand up for three more outs and a win.

The top of the tenth blast gave Cardinals' reliever, Kevin Siegrist (7-1) the win, and created a situation for Trevor Rosenthal to close and pick up his 44th save.

While the Cards' bullpen picked up the statistical claims, however, starting pitcher, Carlos Martinez earned a no decision for eight full innings of top-notch work, scattering four hits, giving up only one run, a Khris Davis solo homer in the fifth, walking two and striking out nine.

St. Louis had tied the game at 1-each in the top of the sixth when Jhonny Peralta lined a single to left field, scoring Jason Heyward.

The extra-inning win helps the Cardinals maintain a slim N.L. Central lead, now at three games (ahead of Pittsburgh).

Making the division race interesting are the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, who squared off at PNC Park yesterday, twice.  In the early game, Pittsburgh won 5-4. The nightcap found Chicago on top, 3-1. The split helped both teams remain steady in the race, but as well, both teams missed the opportunity to gain a bit of ground. In fact, St. Louis, picked up a half-game on both.

The Bucs and Cubs continue their series today, as do the Cards and Brewers.