Cain takes away HR for final out, Brewers beat Cardinals 5-4

MILWAUKEE (AP) Lorenzo Cain fired the ball high into the air and jumped up and down in the outfield, yelling and shaking his head from side to side.

''I let them know. Not today,'' a grinning Cain said.

Not today, indeed.

Cain soared above the wall to rob Jose Martinez of a tying home run for the final out, lifting Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Thursday.

With at least one Cardinals player in the bullpen already raising his arms to celebrate, Cain pulled back the pinch-hit drive by Martinez in right-center. A fired-up Cain and Yelich then started celebrating an opening day that looked a lot like Milwaukee's run to the NL Championship Series last October.

''I think we know our identity as a team, how we win games,'' Yelich said. ''That seems to be our formula.''

Yelich got right back to work after winning the NL MVP award last season, putting Milwaukee ahead to stay with a three-run homer off Miles Mikolas in the third. The Miller Park crowd of 45,304 roared as Yelich glided around the bases.

Mike Moustakas and pitcher Jhoulys Chacin also connected for the Brewers. Josh Hader retired five in a row before Cain's play finished off the save.

''These kinds of wins make baseball fun,'' Moustakas said.

Kolten Wong homered twice for St. Louis and Harrison Bader also connected. The Cardinals blew a 3-0 lead in their fifth consecutive loss against the Brewers, including a three-game sweep last September that helped propel Milwaukee to the NL Central title.

Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a walk in his first regular-season game for St. Louis since he was acquired in an offseason trade with Arizona. The All-Star slugger had a short conversation with plate umpire Gary Cederstrom after he looked at a called third strike in each of his first two at-bats.

''It would have been nice to come back and win,'' Goldschmidt said. ''It was a great play by Cain there at the end.''

Chacin (1-0) struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings in his third opening-day start. He also helped himself with two hits, singling and scoring on Yelich's drive before hitting a 2-2 pitch from Mikolas into Milwaukee's bullpen in left-center for his second career homer in the fifth.

Mikolas (0-1), a surprise star last season when he went 18-4 in his first year with the Cardinals, allowed five runs and five hits in five innings.

''I thought I made some good pitches but they hit my mistakes pretty hard,'' he said.

Wong's second homer made it 5-4 in the seventh, but Milwaukee's depleted bullpen held on. Hader struck out four, fanning Goldschmidt, Paul DeJong and Marcell Ozuna in the eighth and Dexter Fowler in the ninth.

Hader was a key figure for the Brewers last year, and he became even more important when key relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel opened this season on the injured list. Jeffress is coming back from a sore right shoulder, but Knebel could be headed for season-ending elbow surgery.

''Every guy is going to have to be ready and do what we do in any opportunity that we get,'' Hader said.

GOING DEEP

Each run was scored via the long ball.

The Cardinals got off to a fast start, scoring the first three runs on consecutive first-pitch homers by Wong and Bader in the second. Wong connected after Fowler reached on a two-out walk, and Bader hit a deep drive to left.

The Brewers got one back when Moustakas went deep with two out in the bottom half of the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: 3B Matt Carpenter showed no sign of any trouble after he was bothered by back tightness at the end of spring training. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout. ... LHP Brett Cecil (Carpal Tunnel syndrome) was moved to the 60-day injured list to create a 40-man roster spot for RHP Merandy Gonzalez, who was claimed off waivers from San Francisco and optioned to Double-A Springfield.

Brewers: Knebel said he will make a decision on his next course of action on Friday. He could have Tommy John surgery and then return at some point next year, or try to rehab the injury.

UP NEXT

Young right-handers Jack Flaherty and Freddy Peralta get the ball when the series resumes Friday night. St. Louis is counting on the 23-year-old Flaherty to help anchor the rotation after he went 8-9 with a 3.34 ERA in 28 starts last year. Peralta, who turns 23 in June, won a spot in Milwaukee's rotation during spring training. He went 6-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 16 appearances last season during his first year in the majors, including 14 starts.

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  • W: J. Chacin (1-0)L: M. Mikolas (0-1)S: J. Hader (1)
  • HR: STL - K. Wong 2 (2), H. Bader (1), MIL - M. Moustakas (1), J. Chacin (1), C. Yelich (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Goldschmidt 1B30000130.000.250.000.250-0.5
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Y. Molina C40000002.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Fowler RF31000112.000.250.000.2501.5
K. Wong 2B32232000.667.6672.6673.33313.0
a- J. Martinez PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Bader CF31211000.667.6671.6672.3337.0
M. Mikolas P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
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J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Gant P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Wong in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Leone in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF41100011.250.250.250.5001.5
C. Yelich RF21131200.500.7502.0002.75010.0
R. Braun LF40100001.250.250.250.5001.0
T. Shaw 3B40000002.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Aguilar 1B40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Moustakas 2B31111000.333.3331.3331.6676.0
Y. Grandal C30000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
O. Arcia SS30000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Chacin P222110001.0001.0002.5003.5008.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Ju. Guerra in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - K. Wong 2 (2), H. Bader
  • RBI - K. Wong 3 (3), H. Bader
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong 2 (2), H. Bader
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, D. Fowler 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Yelich, M. Moustakas, J. Chacin
  • RBI - C. Yelich 3 (3), M. Moustakas, J. Chacin
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, R. Braun, J. Aguilar
FIELDING
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 0-1)5.05551339.001.200.5
D. Leone1.00000100.000.003.5
J. Brebbia1.01000100.001.002.5
J. Gant1.01001000.002.001.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 0-1)5.0
D. Leone1.0
J. Brebbia1.0
J. Gant1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (W, 1-0)5.13332725.060.9417.5
J. Guerra (H, 1)1.22110015.401.200.0
J. Hader (S, 1)2.00000400.000.0015.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (W, 1-0)5.1
J. Guerra (H, 1)1.2
J. Hader (S, 1)2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 82-56, D. Leone 22-13, J. Brebbia 11-9, J. Gant 12-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 7-5, D. Leone 2-0, J. Brebbia 2-0, J. Gant 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 21, D. Leone 3, J. Brebbia 4, J. Gant 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 96-56, J. Guerra 28-18, J. Hader 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 5-4, J. Guerra 1-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 21, J. Guerra 7, J. Hader 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000130.000.250.000.250-0.5
P. DeJong SS40000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
M. Ozuna LF40100010.250.250.250.5000.5
Y. Molina C40000002.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Fowler RF31000112.000.250.000.2501.5
K. Wong 2B32232000.667.6672.6673.33313.0
a- J. Martinez PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Bader CF31211000.667.6671.6672.3337.0
M. Mikolas P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
D. Leone P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Gant P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Wong in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Leone in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF41100011.250.250.250.5001.5
C. Yelich RF21131200.500.7502.0002.75010.0
R. Braun LF40100001.250.250.250.5001.0
T. Shaw 3B40000002.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Aguilar 1B40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Moustakas 2B31111000.333.3331.3331.6676.0
Y. Grandal C30000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
O. Arcia SS30000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Chacin P222110001.0001.0002.5003.5008.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Thames PH101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Ju. Guerra in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - K. Wong 2 (2), H. Bader
  • RBI - K. Wong 3 (3), H. Bader
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong 2 (2), H. Bader
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, D. Fowler 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Yelich, M. Moustakas, J. Chacin
  • RBI - C. Yelich 3 (3), M. Moustakas, J. Chacin
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, R. Braun, J. Aguilar
FIELDING
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 0-1)5.05551339.001.200.5
D. Leone1.00000100.000.003.5
J. Brebbia1.01000100.001.002.5
J. Gant1.01001000.002.001.0
Total8.0755253---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 0-1)5.0
D. Leone1.0
J. Brebbia1.0
J. Gant1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (W, 1-0)5.13332725.060.9417.5
J. Guerra (H, 1)1.22110015.401.200.0
J. Hader (S, 1)2.00000400.000.0015.0
Total9.05442113---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (W, 1-0)5.1
J. Guerra (H, 1)1.2
J. Hader (S, 1)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 82-56, D. Leone 22-13, J. Brebbia 11-9, J. Gant 12-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 7-5, D. Leone 2-0, J. Brebbia 2-0, J. Gant 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 21, D. Leone 3, J. Brebbia 4, J. Gant 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 96-56, J. Guerra 28-18, J. Hader 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 5-4, J. Guerra 1-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 21, J. Guerra 7, J. Hader 6
  • 7TH INNING
    Wong homered to right45
  • 5TH INNING
    Chacin homered to center35
  • 3RD INNING
    Yelich homered to center, Chacin and Cain scored34
  • 2ND INNING
    Moustakas homered to center31
    Bader homered to left center30
    Wong homered to center, Fowler scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Molina flied out to deep center
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • Jose Martinez hit for Kolten Wong
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • John Gant relieved John Brebbia
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Aguilar flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wong homered to right
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader grounded bunt out to catcher
    • Tyler O'Neill hit for Dominic Leone
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill flied out to center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Carpenter fouled out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • Eric Thames hit for Junior Guerra
    • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Thames singled to left
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Cain grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • Junior Guerra relieved Jhoulys Chacin
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna singled to shallow left, Goldschmidt to second
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Molina flied out to right, Goldschmidt to third
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dominic Leone relieved Miles Mikolas
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Shaw grounded out to second
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wong grounded out to first
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Bader singled to shallow left
    • M. Mikolas: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • J. Chacin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Chacin homered to center
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cain lined out to third
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Yelich walked
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Foul, Braun grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Yelich out at second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna flied out to center
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Molina lined out to left
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas popped out to pitcher
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Grandal grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt struck out looking
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, DeJong flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Chacin singled to left
    • L. Cain: Foul, Strike looking, Cain singled to shallow center, Chacin to second
    • C. Yelich: Yelich homered to center, Chacin and Cain scored
    • R. Braun: Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shaw flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Wong homered to center, Fowler scored
    • H. Bader: Bader homered to left center
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Shaw flied out to left
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Aguilar lined out to center
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas homered to center
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Grandal grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Goldschmidt struck out looking
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Yelich grounded out to second
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Braun grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)