Brewers blow two save opportunities, Cardinals win on walk-off homer in 11 innings
ST. LOUIS — Matt Carpenter hit a two-run home run with no outs in the 11th inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Carpenter turned around a pitch from J.J. Hoover (0-1) for the third game-ending homer of his career. It capped a night in which St. Louis rallied from one-run deficits in the ninth and 10th innings.
Domingo Santana singled in Eric Thames to put Milwaukee ahead 2-1 in the ninth inning, but Tommy Pham scored from second on a pair of wild pitches by Jacob Barnes to tie it in the bottom of the inning.
After Orlando Arcia singled in a run in the top of the 10th, Greg Garcia made it 3-3 with his own RBI single a half-inning later.
Dominic Leone (1-2) pitched a clean 11th inning before Paul DeJong set up Carpenter’s winner with an infield single.
Eric Thames homered in the first inning for the Brewers.
St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez allowed a run and six hits over six innings. He stuck out four and walked two.
Brent Suter held the Cardinals to a run and four hits over 5⅓ innings..
Brewers catcher Manny Pina left the game in the top of the seventh inning. The Brewers announced he exited with right calf tightness.
Pina was on first base after walking. A couple of pitches later, Brewers manager Craig Counsell ran onto the field with a trainer to talk to Pina, who then limped off on his own power.
Pina, who was 1-for-1 and had reached all three times at bat, was replaced in the game by Jett Bandy.
Guerra gets the call
The Brewers are calling up right-hander Junior Guerra from Class AAA Colorado Springs to start today’s game vs. the Cardinals, Counsell said. The club has not yet announced a corresponding move.
Guerra, the Brewers’ 2017 Opening Day starter, allowed one run in 5 ⅔ innings in his first start of ’18 for the Sky Sox. The 33-year-old hurler went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts in ’16, but struggled last season, going 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 21 games (14 starts).
“We think Junior had a really good camp, had a great first start in Colorado Springs,” Counsell said. “So I’m excited to see him start tomorrow and feel like he’s one of our guys.”
Guerra is set to oppose St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright, who allowed three earned runs in 3⅔ innings on April 5 against the D-backs.
“It’s a new opportunity for me this year,” Guerra said. “I try to do my job, I feel good.”
It isn’t clear whether Guerra’s callup will be a spot start or something more permanent.