MILWAUKEE (AP) - Maybe it’s a good thing manager Ron Roenicke wasn’t around to see the end of another sloppy performance by his Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee had two runners doubled off base, allowed one run to score on a throwing error and Roenicke was ejected in a 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.
The Cardinals victory may have been costly, however, as ace Adam Wainwright left with an ankle injury in the fifth inning and was wearing a protective boot after the game.
Milwaukee lost for the 10th time in 11 games to fall to 3-15, 10 games behind the division-leading Cardinals. Every other team in the majors has at least six victories.
Roenicke was ejected for the first time this season by home plate umpire Dale Scott during a seventh-inning pitching change to Jeremy Jeffress, whose first pitch was promptly hammered over the wall in right-center for a three-run homer by Matt Holliday. It put the Cardinals in front 5-0.
“I didn’t like his strike zone, so I told him he had a bad night,” Roenicke said. “They’re calling what they see. Some nights it works out against you and unfortunately, with us, it seems like it’s been against us. But we’re not playing good baseball and it happens all the way around, where you don’t get calls, you don’t get breaks, and that’s what we’re going through.”
The Brewers, who were shutout 3-0 on Friday, finally scored three runs with two outs in the eighth on an RBI single by Adam Lind and a bases-loaded double by Aramis Ramirez, but Hector Gomez bounced out to third to strand the tying runs.
St. Louis grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second off Wily Peralta (0-3), when Kolten Wong had an RBI triple and came home on a wild relay throw to third by shortstop Jean Segura.
“It was supposed to be down and away instead of right down the middle,” said Peralta, who allowed seven hits in six innings. “If I get it down and away, we probably get an out or get a double play right there.”
It was Holliday’s first homer of the season and 26th career homer against the Brewers.
Matt Carpenter, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a fifth-inning single, doubled with one out in the seventh and Jason Heyward drew a walk.
Matt Belisle (1-0) got five outs for the win and Seth Maness pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first save.
Wainwright was helped from the field by a trainer after injuring his left ankle while stumbling out of the batter’s box on his popup to first leading off the fifth inning.
“It’s something in the back of my ankle so we’ll see what it is on Monday,” said Wainwright, who allowed three hits in four shutout innings. “Everything right now is just all speculation.”
Wainwright will be re-evaluated when the Cardinals return to St. Louis. The Cardinals complete a six-game trip Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
U.S. Navy veteran Mitch Harris came on for Wainwright and tossed 1 1-3 scoreless innings in his major league debut at age 29. Harris served five years of active duty following his graduation from the Naval Academy
“The last thing I want to see happen to Adam, but I was happy to finally get in there,” said Harris, who struck out the first batter he faced.
Harris is believed to be the first U.S. Naval Academy graduate to appear in the majors since pitcher Nemo Gaines did with the Washington Senators in 1921.
Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (1-1, 1.56 ERA) has allowed one earned run in each of his three starts this season. He is 6-2 in his career against the Brewers, including 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA in six starts at Miller Park.
Brewers: Mike Fiers, who gave up two grand slams in his last outing, has yet to make a quality start in three outings. Fiers, who hit Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the face last September, is 0-3 this season with a 6.75 ERA and opponents are batting .333 against him.
Cardinals: C Yadier Molina, forced out of Friday’s 3-0 win over the Brewers after being struck on the right knee guard by a foul tip, was out of the lineup. Tony Cruz started in place of Molina. “We’re still hopeful that we’re talking a day or so. We’ll adjust as we need to,” manager Mike Matheny said.
Brewers: With starters Carlos Gomez (CF), Jonathan Lucroy (C) and Scooter Gennett (2B) all on the disabled list, Roenicke has been forced to mix-and-match, using 16 different lineups through the first 17 games. “I guess what it tells you is that, if you’re changing all the time, something’s not working,” Roenicke said.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Brewers successfully challenged a call at first base in the sixth inning, negating what would have been the Cardinals’ fourth double play. Pinch-hitter Elian Herrera opened with a walk and Jean Segura followed with a bouncer to second. Segura was originally called out on the end of 4-6-3 double play, but the call was overturned after a review estimated at 49 seconds.
Milwaukee also made another challenge on the final out of the game. After an estimated review of 24 seconds, the ruling that Segura was out at first was confirmed. It was the first challenge the Brewers have lost this season after winning the first four.
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