Cardinals enjoy quick start to beat Brewers 10-1
Miles Mikolas made the most of the lead the St. Louis Cardinals’ quick build gave him.
Mikolas hit in the seventh inning and Tommy Edman and Nolan Arenado each homered as the Cardinals cruised to a 10-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
“Our goal was that if we could control the strike zone, we could control the counts,” Mikolas said. “And if we could do that, then we could do our best to control the game and keep things in our favor.”
The St. Louis batters made it easy for Mikolas by scoring four runs on a first-inning rally that started with two outs and no one on base.
The Cardinals outscored opponents 12-2 in the first inning in six games. They have only been held scoreless in the first set once.
“Going out there and knowing you have cushion is good and I think it helps a starter to really attack the zone,” Mikolas said.
Mikolas (1-0) struck out seven times and allowed one run, three hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. The only hit he allowed in the first six innings came on a Rowdy Tellez single in the second.
Milwaukee had just six hits against the combination of Mikolas, Nick Wittgren and Andre Pallante. Christian Yelich has struck in each of his four home plate appearances.
“He had it all worked out,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Mikolas. “That was kind of the story tonight. The curveball was good. The slider was good. His fastball was located. We didn’t feel like we had a lot of balls to hit.
Brewers starter Freddy Peralta (0-1) wasn’t as effective.
After retiring its first two batters, Peralta allowed nine of the next 11 to six hits, two walks and one hit. That gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead in the first two innings.
“When our first player gets his third at bat before his batting nine gets his first, I’m in the game,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol joked.
The Cardinals’ first-inning burst began with Tyler O’Neill’s brace. After Peralta loaded the bases with walks to Arenado and Lars Nootbaar, Harrison Bader and Andrew Knizner delivered two-run singles.
“O’Neill hit a really good pitch,” Counsell said. “(Peralta) was a little cautious with Arenado and then couldn’t get a batter out after that and they put up a really good inning.”
Peralta has allowed seven first-inning runs in two starts this season. This time his struggles lasted well beyond the opening frame.
The 2021 All-Star right-hander hit Dylan Carlson with a pitch to start the second inning. Paul Goldschmidt doubled Carlson at home and scored on an Arenado single to make it 6-0.
Peralta struck out four in three innings, but allowed six earned runs, seven hits and two walks.
Edman hit a two-point shot on José Ureña in the fifth to make it 8-0. Edman also homered Thursday in the Cardinals’ 5-1 loss at Milwaukee.
“It was funny, I was telling Paul (DeJong) this is the only central park (NL) I haven’t done a home run in yet, and then I hit two in the last two days” , Edman said.
The Brewers scored their only run in the seventh when Omar Narváez hosted Wittgren with a two-out RBI single.
Arenado closed the scoring with a two-point shot from Brent Suter in the ninth.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty played about 120 feet away before the game. “He’s on the right track,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “Everything is moving in the direction we were hoping for with his throwing program.” Flaherty has yet to pitch this season due to a right shoulder injury.
Brewers: Suter slid to the dirt and hit the railing in front of the Cardinals dugout while chasing a foul from Nootbaar in the ninth. After lying on the ground for a few minutes, Suter got up and walked back to the mound as if planning to stay in the game before the Brewers sent him to the dugout. IF Mike Brosseau took over from Suter and made his fifth career MLB appearance.
“I think what happened was my forearm took the weight of something – either the padding or something,” Suter said. “I think I slipped under the railing in the net and just spun after that. … I felt good and told them I was ready to go but with the situation and everything, they m came out.
LHP Steven Matz (0-1, 21.00 ERA) starts for the Cardinals and RHP Adrian Houser (0-1, 4.91) pitches for the Brewers as this four-game series continues Saturday night.
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