Wacha, Cardinals cool off Yelich, beat Brewers 6-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) Michael Wacha effectively cooled off NL MVP Christian Yelich, and the St. Louis Cardinals finally broke through against the reigning division champs.

Wacha slowed Yelich and pitched six solid innings, Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna each went deep, and the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Wednesday to avoid being swept.

Yelich came in batting .556 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in the series, but he was 0 for 2 with a strikeout and a walk against Wacha. Yelich did single in a run in the eighth off Andrew Miller.

The Cardinals' plan was to work the inside part of the plate against Yelich.

''We didn't control that part of the plate for most of this series, but (Wacha) did today,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.

Wacha (1-0) bounced back after a tough start Thursday against the Dodgers. He struck out seven Brewers, allowing two runs and five hits to improve to 6-0 career against last year's NL Central winners.

''Michael Wacha was the art of pitching today,'' Shildt said. ''He came out, established his fastball and established his secondary pitches. He had a great changeup today, and he threw it in appropriately. Just real good balance and timing.''

Brewers manager Craig Counsell thought one pitch in particular clicked for Wacha.

''His cutter was a good pitch for him today,'' Counsell said. ''He kept us off balance pretty good.''

Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes (0-2) got beat by the long ball again. He surrendered three home runs in each of his first three starts, then coughed up two more against St. Louis. He's allowed a major league-most 11 on the season.

Ozuna went deep in the second and Carpenter in the fourth. It was Ozuna's fourth consecutive game with a homer and eighth overall.

The Brewers had won nine of 10 against St. Louis, including four in a row, but two RBI singles by Matt Weiters and one apiece by Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong helped snap that streak. DeJong went 4 for 5.

Burnes struggled through 3 1/3 innings, allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out three in his shortest start of the inning.

''The fastball wasn't located very well today,'' Counsell said. ''Lot of stuff over the middle. That's going to get hit.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: The Cardinals placed OF Harrison Bader (right hamstring strain) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14, and recalled rookie OF Lane Thomas. He came in as a defensive replacement in center field for Jose Martinez in the eighth. ... C Yadier Molina got the day off.

Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain got the day off and Ben Gamel started in his place. ... RHP Jeremy Jeffress, reinstated from the 10-day IL (right shoulder injury) on Tuesday, made his first 2019 appearance in the eighth.

WILKERSON GOES DEEP

Reliever Aaron Wilkerson, recalled from Triple-A San Antonio on Tuesday, spoiled Wacha's bid for a shutout in the fifth with a two-run homer, his first major league hit.

''I wasn't expecting to hit,'' Wilkerson said after borrowing and then getting to keep right-hander Zach Davies' bat. ''I'm pretty sure my eyes were closed when I swung the bat. I really didn't feel it. I heard it. Sounded good. It was surreal.''

He also got the ball.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (1-1, 3.94 ERA) starts against the New York Mets on Friday.

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (2-0, 1.53 ERA) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. He beat them 4-1 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, allowing one run over seven innings.

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  • W: M. Wacha (1-0)L: C. Burnes (0-2)S: J. Hicks (4)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (3), M. Ozuna (8), MIL - A. Wilkerson (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B51111012.203.300.420.7205.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B51200010.239.349.563.9133.5
P. DeJong SS51410000.342.407.6301.0386.0
M. Ozuna LF41111104.290.343.7261.0697.0
J. Martinez RF40100023.263.263.316.5790.0
L. Thomas CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Fowler CF-RF31100101.264.361.321.6812.0
K. Wong 2B41310000.316.437.6141.0516.0
M. Wieters C40220012.333.364.333.6972.5
M. Wacha P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Gant P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Gyorko PH10000011.125.300.125.425-0.5
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Gant in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gamel CF30000010.242.359.333.692-0.5
a- M. Pina PH10000011.143.294.143.437-0.5
J. Petricka P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Yelich RF-CF30110110.356.448.7811.2292.5
Y. Grandal C40000022.375.429.6791.107-1.0
M. Moustakas 2B40100012.231.342.569.9111.5
R. Braun LF30000102.194.219.387.6061.0
T. Shaw 3B40200011.217.329.300.6292.5
J. Aguilar 1B40000022.148.254.185.439-1.0
O. Arcia SS31100010.224.286.397.6821.5
C. Burnes P10000000.333.333.333.6670.0
A. Wilkerson P111210001.0001.0004.0005.0007.0
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- H. Perez PH-RF11100000.292.346.583.9293.0
  • a-struck out for Gamel in the 8th
  • b-doubled for Jeffress in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Goldschmidt (2), K. Wong (3)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (3), M. Ozuna (8)
  • SH - M. Wacha (2)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (5), P. DeJong (10), M. Ozuna (16), K. Wong (12), M. Wieters 2 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 2 (2), M. Ozuna, J. Martinez, M. Wieters 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moustakas (4), T. Shaw (2), H. Perez
  • HR - A. Wilkerson
  • RBI - C. Yelich (26), A. Wilkerson 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Wilkerson 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moustakas, R. Braun 2 (2), J. Aguilar
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. Fowler (2), M. Wieters
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt; Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt)
  • PB - M. Wieters
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Arcia-Moustakas-Aguilar; Arcia-Moustakas-Aguilar; Grandal-Moustakas)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (W, 1-0)6.05221714.641.5923.5
J. Gant (H, 3)1.00000100.710.793.5
A. Miller1.02110106.752.100.5
J. Hicks (S, 4)1.00001102.251.009.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (W, 1-0)6.0
J. Gant (H, 3)1.0
A. Miller1.0
J. Hicks (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Burnes (L, 0-2)3.195523210.702.15-10.5
A. Wilkerson4.05110302.251.257.5
J. Jeffress0.20000100.000.000.5
J. Petricka1.01000006.002.332.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Burnes (L, 0-2)3.1
A. Wilkerson4.0
J. Jeffress0.2
J. Petricka1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 93-52, J. Gant 8-5, A. Miller 23-15, J. Hicks 13-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 5-6, J. Gant 1-0, J. Hicks 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 24, J. Gant 2, A. Miller 5, J. Hicks 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Burnes 74-44, A. Wilkerson 66-38, J. Jeffress 6-3, J. Petricka 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Burnes 2-4, A. Wilkerson 4-3, J. Petricka 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Burnes 20, A. Wilkerson 15, J. Jeffress, J. Petricka 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B51111012.203.300.420.7205.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B51200010.239.349.563.9133.5
P. DeJong SS51410000.342.407.6301.0386.0
M. Ozuna LF41111104.290.343.7261.0697.0
J. Martinez RF40100023.263.263.316.5790.0
L. Thomas CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Fowler CF-RF31100101.264.361.321.6812.0
K. Wong 2B41310000.316.437.6141.0516.0
M. Wieters C40220012.333.364.333.6972.5
M. Wacha P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Gant P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Gyorko PH10000011.125.300.125.425-0.5
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Gant in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gamel CF30000010.242.359.333.692-0.5
a- M. Pina PH10000011.143.294.143.437-0.5
J. Petricka P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Yelich RF-CF30110110.356.448.7811.2292.5
Y. Grandal C40000022.375.429.6791.107-1.0
M. Moustakas 2B40100012.231.342.569.9111.5
R. Braun LF30000102.194.219.387.6061.0
T. Shaw 3B40200011.217.329.300.6292.5
J. Aguilar 1B40000022.148.254.185.439-1.0
O. Arcia SS31100010.224.286.397.6821.5
C. Burnes P10000000.333.333.333.6670.0
A. Wilkerson P111210001.0001.0004.0005.0007.0
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- H. Perez PH-RF11100000.292.346.583.9293.0
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  • a-struck out for Gamel in the 8th
  • b-doubled for Jeffress in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Goldschmidt (2), K. Wong (3)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (3), M. Ozuna (8)
  • SH - M. Wacha (2)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (5), P. DeJong (10), M. Ozuna (16), K. Wong (12), M. Wieters 2 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 2 (2), M. Ozuna, J. Martinez, M. Wieters 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moustakas (4), T. Shaw (2), H. Perez
  • HR - A. Wilkerson
  • RBI - C. Yelich (26), A. Wilkerson 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Wilkerson 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moustakas, R. Braun 2 (2), J. Aguilar
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. Fowler (2), M. Wieters
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt; Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt)
  • PB - M. Wieters
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Arcia-Moustakas-Aguilar; Arcia-Moustakas-Aguilar; Grandal-Moustakas)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (W, 1-0)6.05221714.641.5923.5
J. Gant (H, 3)1.00000100.710.793.5
A. Miller1.02110106.752.100.5
J. Hicks (S, 4)1.00001102.251.009.5
Total9.07332101---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (W, 1-0)6.0
J. Gant (H, 3)1.0
A. Miller1.0
J. Hicks (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Burnes (L, 0-2)3.195523210.702.15-10.5
A. Wilkerson4.05110302.251.257.5
J. Jeffress0.20000100.000.000.5
J. Petricka1.01000006.002.332.0
Total9.01566272---
PITCHERSIP
C. Burnes (L, 0-2)3.1
A. Wilkerson4.0
J. Jeffress0.2
J. Petricka1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 93-52, J. Gant 8-5, A. Miller 23-15, J. Hicks 13-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 5-6, J. Gant 1-0, J. Hicks 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 24, J. Gant 2, A. Miller 5, J. Hicks 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Burnes 74-44, A. Wilkerson 66-38, J. Jeffress 6-3, J. Petricka 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Burnes 2-4, A. Wilkerson 4-3, J. Petricka 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Burnes 20, A. Wilkerson 15, J. Jeffress, J. Petricka 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Yelich singled to shallow center, Perez scored63
    Wieters singled to shallow right center, Wong scored62
  • 5TH INNING
    Wilkerson homered to left center, Arcia scored52
  • 4TH INNING
    Carpenter homered to right center50
  • 3RD INNING
    Wong singled to center, DeJong scored, Fowler to third40
    DeJong singled to shallow center, Goldschmidt scored30
  • 2ND INNING
    Wieters singled to shallow right, Fowler scored, Wong to third20
    Ozuna homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jake Petricka pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter lined out to first
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Goldschmidt lined out to center
    • P. DeJong: DeJong singled to shallow center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jordan Hicks relieved Andrew Miller
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Braun walked
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shaw grounded out to shortstop, Braun out at second
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Wilkerson Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fowler grounded out to third
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Wong doubled to shallow center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Wieters singled to shallow right center, Wong scored
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for John Gant
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Aaron Wilkerson
    • J. Gyorko: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Miller pitching
    • Lane Thomas in center field
    • Hernan Perez hit for Jeremy Jeffress
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez doubled to deep left
    • Manny Pina hit for Ben Gamel
    • M. Pina: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Yelich singled to shallow center, Perez scored
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal lined out to second
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Yelich to second on passed ball, Moustakas fouled out to third
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Wilkerson Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong singled to left center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ozuna lined out to right
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw singled to shallow right center
    • John Gant relieved Michael Wacha
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aguilar grounded out to second, Shaw out at second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Wilkerson Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
    • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wacha struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Carpenter flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich walked
    • Y. Grandal: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
    • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Braun popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Wilkerson Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to shallow left
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler reached on fielder's choice to second, Martinez out at second
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fowler caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Wong flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Aguilar flied out to right
    • O. Arcia: Arcia singled to shallow left
    • A. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Wilkerson homered to left center, Arcia scored
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Gamel grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • M. Wacha: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wacha fouled out to first
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Carpenter homered to right center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Aaron Wilkerson relieved Corbin Burnes
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong singled to shallow left, Goldschmidt to third
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to second, DeJong out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Yelich struck out looking
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas doubled to left
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt doubled to shallow left center
    • P. DeJong: DeJong singled to shallow center, Goldschmidt scored
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked, DeJong to second
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to second, DeJong to third, Ozuna out at second
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Wong singled to center, DeJong scored, Fowler to third
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Wieters lined out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arcia flied out to center
    • C. Burnes: Strike looking, Burnes grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gamel grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ozuna homered to center
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler singled to right
    • K. Wong: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Wong singled to left center, Fowler to second
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Wieters singled to shallow right, Fowler scored, Wong to third
    • M. Wacha: Ball, Foul, Wacha hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wieters to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas struck out looking
    • R. Braun: Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw doubled to shallow right
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Burnes Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Yelich fouled out to third
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Grandal flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)