Until Matt Holliday‘s 2-run home run last night, the St. Louis Cardinals were on the verge of being no-hit by Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta. Holliday’s home run ended not just the no-hitter but a shut-out as well.
Cardinals starter Shelby Miller had the Brewers scoreless for nearly seven innings. Miller was pulled with one out to go in the seventh inning. The rookie allowed five hits, two walks, and struck out four batters.
Kevin Siegrist came in to finish the seventh inning. He struck out the only batter he faced.
When Trevor Rosenthal entered the game to start the 8th inning, he had 93 strikeouts as a full-time reliever. He had a 1-2-3 three-strikeout appearance to move to 96 strikeouts this season. The 96 strikeouts make Rosenthal the new Cardinals record-holder for single-season strikeouts by a full-time reliever.
Edward Mujica pitched the ninth inning and allowed two runs to score.
Pete Kozma extended his hitting streak to four games (5-12, .417). At the moment, it serves as the longest active streak on the team. Unfortunately for Kozma, it’s not doing much help when it comes to fans clamoring for a new shortstop at the start of next season.
Holliday’s sixth-inning home run was his 19th home run this season.
In the eighth inning, Adams singled and drove in Adron Chambers.
The Cardinals will enter tonight’s game against the Brewers following an afternoon win by the Cincinnati Reds. The Pittsburgh Pirates currently hold on to a 4-0 lead.