Milwaukee – manager from St. Louis Oliver Marmol believes that the fate of the Cardinals this season depends on the success of their rookies.
“Their ability not to rely on their talent but to develop it will be the key to our success,” Marmol said.
Consider a beginner infielder Nolan GormanA two-homer performance in a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night is a giant step forward.
Gorman went 4-of-4 with a pair of solo shots and four RBIs as the Cardinals snapped Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak and regained a share of the NL Central lead. The Cardinals and Brewers are 39-31 after splitting the first two matches of this four-game series.
Gorman broke the tie at 2 to give the Cardinals the lead for good, hitting a homer to center field with Chi Chi Gonzalez (0–1) in the fourth inning. The newcomer increased the advantage to 4:2, breaking through the right wall of the field against Miguel Sanchez in the seventh.
“It was just his night,” Gonzalez said.
The 22-year-old Gorman still has a lot of things ahead of him.
Since his major league debut on May 20, Gorman has had six homers in 29 games. All of his first five covered at least 400 feet, including his 428-foot throw in the fourth. The streak ended when his seventh-inning homer climbed 396 feet.
Gorman also has 33 strikeouts in 93 at-bats, but the Cardinals love how he’s adapted. He arrived at the majors with a high kick that he later stopped using as much, although Gorman believed he used it again on Tuesday night.
“Just small adjustments here and there are needed throughout my career,” Gorman said. “In a way, being able to do that, whether it’s at night or the day I’m on the field, was huge for me.”
Marmol says the experience will help Gorman lower his strikeout percentage.
“This hitting that he has and the overall approach, you make a couple of adjustments and I think the reach and miss are reduced and you’re still seeing the power that we’re seeing right now,” Marmol said.
The Cardinals also got a great job from their bullpen.
But the Brewers failed to capitalize on Flaherty’s control problems.
Flaherty retired with only one of his first five batters, allowing Adams a homer and three walks, but avoided further damage in three innings, constantly getting out of trouble. Flaherty reached the peak of his career with five walks.
“We felt Flaherty was hanging by a thread every inning, but the next hit never came,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
It was Flaherty’s second appearance since the injection of platelet-rich plasma in March, while he was recovering from shoulder inflammation. The right-hander made his season debut last Wednesday.
“The last couple of months I’ve been pitching pretty regularly, maybe not at the major league level, but I’ve pitched pretty regularly,” Flaherty said. “For things to be as in sync as they were and then come in here and make them kind of out of sync, it’s very frustrating, but that’s what you go through. Guys go through this stuff all the time. I’ll deal”.
Gonzalez allowed three runs and four hits in four innings with two strikeouts and one walk in his debut for the Brewers after being waived by Minnesota. He started instead Aaron Ashbywho on Monday was included in the list of victims.
Cardinals: 1B Paul Goldschmidt was not in the line-up due to tightness of the back. “He will experience this from time to time,” Marmol said. “It usually takes him a day to relax, heal and get back to business. This is our hope.” . RHP Jordan Hicks played one scoreless inning in a rehab challenge with Triple-A Memphis as he recovers from a sprained forearm. He threw 14 passes, passed one batter and didn’t allow a single hit.
Brewers: Lawyer said Kolten Wong | failed in his recovery with a right calf strain and is now out of the field, although the second baseman swings the bat. Wong has not played since June 7. INF Mike Broso (ankle) and RHP Trevor Gott (right groin) began rehab at a Class A club affiliate in Appleton, Wisconsin.