Shaw's RBI helps Brewers earn split with Cardinals
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[June 14, 2017]
ST. LOUIS -- If Travis Shaw
didn't seem terribly enthused about homering and knocking in the
go-ahead run with an eighth inning single Tuesday night, it's
Watching your daughter go through open heart surgery does have a way
of putting things in perspective.
Shaw's 11th and 12th RBI of the season against the St. Louis
Cardinals enabled the Milwaukee Brewers to salvage a split of a
day-night doubleheader at Busch Stadium with an 8-5 verdict in the
Jose Martinez homered twice and drove in three runs in the opener as
St. Louis blanked Milwaukee 6-0, winning its fourth straight game.
That streak was snapped in the nightcap. Shaw played a significant
part in that, putting the Brewers (34-32) ahead in the fourth by
following up Jesus Aguilar's solo homer with one of his own for a
In the eighth, Shaw laced a 3-2 fastball from Trevor Rosenthal (1-3)
up the middle to score Domingo Santana from second and snap a 5-5
"My mind is still elsewhere," Shaw admitted. "It's nice to
contribute and help this team, but there are more important things
besides baseball. I've been thinking about her a lot."
Shaw missed the team's weekend series in Arizona. Despite his
worries about his daughter, Shaw is hitting at an All-Star level,
leading Milwaukee in RBI with 44 and tied for fifth in the National
League with 17 doubles.
It's safe to say that if general manager David Stearns hadn't
acquired Shaw from Boston in the offseason as a part of a package
for pitcher Tyler Thornburg, the Brewers wouldn't be sitting atop
the National League Central.
"It's nice to have him back in the lineup," said center fielder Keon
Broxton, who homered and drove in three runs. "He deserved to have
this happen tonight."
Milwaukee blew a 5-2 lead before stringing together the winning
rally against Rosenthal, who issued consecutive walks to Santana and
Aguilar before Shaw and Hernan Perez singled.
Closer Seung Hwan Oh relieved Rosenthal with his team losing and
promptly allowed an RBI single to Manny Pina. Broxton finished the
rally with a sacrifice fly to left fielder Jedd Gyorko, playing the
outfield for the first time in the majors.
"Not throwing strikes was the big thing," Rosenthal said.
Jared Hughes (2-1) picked up the win for the Brewers despite
allowing a game-tying leadoff homer to Matt Carpenter in the bottom
of the seventh, his 12th of the year. Corey Knebel got the last
three outs for his ninth save in 12 chances.
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Carpenter went 3-for-5 for the Cardinals (30-33). He
doubled and scored in the first on Martinez's fielder's choice, then
singled home Greg Garcia an inning later for a 2-0 lead.
Broxton's eighth homer pulled Milwaukee within 2-1 in
the third. He knocked out St. Louis starter Marco Gonzales in the
fourth, ripping a triple to left-center that scored Pina for a 4-2
advantage. Broxton scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Orlando
Arcia to make it 5-2, beating Garcia's off-target throw from third.
Gonzales lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs with
no walks and two strikeouts in his first big league game since 2015.
He missed last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The Cardinals pulled within 5-4 in the sixth. After Eric Fryer's
bases-loaded double play ball scored Kolten Wong, pinch-hitter
Dexter Fowler delivered an RBI single that knocked off Jimmy Nelson.
In 5 2/3 innings, Nelson yielded nine hits and four runs, walking
two and whiffing four. He was in line for his first win in nine
decisions against St. Louis prior to Carpenter's homer.
But the Brewers won anyway, thanks to a rally where they taxed
Rosenthal and Oh for a whopping 44 pitches.
"Give all those guys credit," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.
"Those were some outstanding at-bats. It's not the biggest numbers
we've had offensively this year, but we needed that."
NOTES: St. Louis finally got to make its first choice in the 2017
First-Year Amateur Draft Tuesday, popping CF Scott Hurst of Cal
State-Fullerton with the 94th overall pick. The Cardinals lost their
first round pick for signing Dexter Fowler in free agency and two
other selections to Houston as part of their penalty for "Hackgate."
... St. Louis C Yadier Molina (lower back stiffness) returned to the
lineup for Game 1 of the doubleheader and went 1-for-4. He rested in
Game 2, with Eric Fryer getting the call. ... Milwaukee placed RHP
Brandon Woodruff (hamstring), who was scratched from his MLB debut
in Game 1, on the 10-day DL and recalled RHP Paolo Espino from
Triple-A Colorado Springs.
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