September 17, 2015

Tommy has Pham-tastic night at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE--MILLER PARK--St. Louis Cardinals left fielder, Tommy Pham, had a fantastic night at the plate versus the Milwaukee Brewers, tallying four RBI in a 5-4 win.

Pham went 3-for-4 with a triple and two line drive home runs to center field. Each homer featured teammate Kolten Wong on first base. The longballs were Pham's third and fourth of the season.

The first of Pham's home runs gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning.

Matt Carpenter went deep as well, his 22nd, a solo liner to center field in the third inning, making it 3-0, St. Louis.

Pham's second two-run homer came in the fourth inning, pushing the Cardinals way ahead, 5-0.

All of the Cardinals runs came off of Milwaukee starting pitcher, Wily Peralta (5-9).

Milwaukee would make a bold comeback against Cardinals' starting pitcher, Jaime Garcia (9-5), in the bottom of the fourth inning. Elian Herrera singled to right field, pushing ahead base runner Domingo Santana and bringing home Khris Davis to nick one run off the St. Louis lead, now 5-1.

Martin Maldonado threw a scare into Garcia and the Cardinals, going long to right-center field, plating Santana and Herrera, then counting himself as the third RBI on the clout, bringing the Brewers within a run at 5-4.

All nine runs were scored by the end of the fourth inning, and that's how the final score read.

Cards' closer, Trevor Rosenthal, picked up save number 45.

The N.L. Central Division race featured an extra-inning affair at PNC Park, the Chicago Cubs outlasting the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, on Roberto Clemente Day. Chicago's win keeps them within seven games of the division-leading Cardinals, and maybe more importantly for the Cubs, within three games of Pittsburgh in the Wild Card race. Pittsburgh falls four full games behind St. Louis in the loss.

The Cardinals and Brewers face off again tonight at Miller Park at 7:10 p.m. CDT. Probable starters: STL-John Lackey (11-9) / MIL-Jimmy Nelson (11-12).