Let’s just say this homecoming didn’t go as planned.
After taking three of four wins to the National League leaders San Francisco, the Milwaukee Brewers endured all manner of ugliness in a 15-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday at American Family Field. .
Here is a brief overview:
Freddy Peralta returned from the injured list to throw 53 pitches in two ineffective innings.
Justin Topa replaced Peralta in the third and only lasted two-thirds of the inning before leaving with right elbow discomfort – bad news for a pitcher who has already had two surgeries from Tommy John.
Then, with Milwaukee leading by eight, Christian Yelich was sent off at the end of the fifth inning after a few chosen words for home plate umpire Greg Gibson, although he had already been taken out of the game.
THE SCORE OF THE BOX:Cardinals 15, Brewers 4
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In fact, maybe Gibson did him a favor as it was one of Milwaukee’s worst games of the season as the Milwaukee pitchers gave up six home runs, a season-high, including two by Nolan Arenado as well as a grand slam in the ninth round to Yadier Molina.
But there were a few bright spots.
Most notably, Cincinnati lost to Detroit to keep the Brewers’ lead in the NHL center to 10 games, although now St. Louis is looming one game behind the Reds.
Then there was the performance of Aaron Ashby, who stepped in and kept things from getting any more out of hand and threw a solid 4⅓ round of relief.
St. Louis jumped over Peralta quickly in the first with a two-run, two-point homer from Arenado.
But that was only the beginning.
Peralta hit Molina and led Edmundo Sosa to open the second, then gave up back-to-back singles to Harrison Bader and his counterpart Adam Wainwright, who was making his 300th start with his drummer Molina.
Tommy Edman made another run with a strikeout to make it 4-0 before Peralta recovered with back-to-strike strikeouts – a streak that ended his outing with three hits, four runs (earned ), three walks and a batter on his ledger to go along with four strikeouts.
The start was the 22nd of the season for Peralta (9-4), who first went to IL after experiencing right shoulder discomfort during a start in St. Louis on August 18.
The Cardinals strengthened their lead with a third of four points against Topa as Arenado started with his second homer and four hitters later Bader also went deep.
Edman followed and in the middle of his fight, Topa was visited on the mound by head athletic trainer Scott Barringer and manager Craig Counsell and was ultimately pulled out.
Topa – who had two surgeries from Tommy John en route to making his major league debut with Milwaukee last season – has spent much of this year on the IL with elbow strain and was only making his third appearance. in the major leagues.
Ashby replaced Topa and got Edman to take down and then strike out the next four hitters.
A two-run homerun from Tyler O’Neill in the seventh was the only downside for the rookie southpaw, who threw 52 shots five days after registering his first major-league victory from a start in Minnesota.
Milwaukee chased Wainwright in the seventh, then scuttled the shutout with floor balls from Rowdy Tellez and Lorenzo Cain.
Wainwright improved to 14-7 on the season, winning the 19th of his career over the Brewers.
Brewers reliever Daniel Norris left the game in the ninth with what appeared to be a cut or blister on his throwing hand. Hoby Milner came on to allow Molina’s grand slam and a later hitter a solo home run from Edmundo Sosa.
The Brewers scored two runs late in the ninth and avoided tying their season high in points allowed, which were 16 by the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 2.
A way: 46-24
Saturday: Cardinals at Brewers, 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee RHP Adrian Houser (7-6, 3.69) vs. St. Louis LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (6-6, 3.23). Television: Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio: AM-620.