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06.25.2018 • Monday • M 1 CARDINALS VS. INDIANS Scouting report • The Cardinals are coming off three consecutive series with National League playoff contenders. Now they’ll host one of the American League’s best teams, the firstplace Cleveland Indians (42-33). The Indians got off to a slower start than expected, but they have won eight of their past 11 games. They played in the World Series in 2016 and still feature a talented roster. Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor make a formidable left side of the infield. Ramirez has hit 22 home runs this season, and Lindor features a 4.2 WAR. The Cardinals will also face Indians ace pitcher Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young winner. The Indians’ bullpen has struggled in 2018. Star reliever Andrew Miller is on the disabled list, and closer Cody Allen has a 4.28 ERA over the past 30 days.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Monday, 7:15 p.m. • RH John Gant (1-2, 4.39 ERA) vs. RH Mike Clevinger (6-2, 3.00) Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. • RH Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.24) vs. RH Corey Kluber (11-3, 2.10) Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. • RH Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.50) vs. RH Shane Bieber (2-0, 2.45) Peter Baugh

CARDINALS 8, BREWERS 2 Cardinals AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Carpenter 3b 3 2 1 2 2 2 .237 Holland p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Cecil p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Brebbia p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Garcia ss 4 1 1 0 1 0 .273 Martinez 1b 5 1 1 3 0 1 .300 Ozuna lf 3 0 2 1 1 0 .284 Molina c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .270 d-Pena ph-c 1 0 0 0 0 0 .202 Fowler rf 4 2 2 0 1 1 .169 Bader cf 3 2 2 1 2 1 .252 Wong 2b 4 0 1 0 1 1 .188 Weaver p 2 0 0 1 0 2 .160 Mayers p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 c-Gyorko ph-3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .247 Totals 35 8 10 8 8 11 Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Thames 1b-lf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .230 Yelich cf 4 1 1 1 0 2 .287 Braun lf-rf 4 1 1 0 0 0 .239 Shaw 3b 2 0 0 0 0 2 .242 a-Miller ph-1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .256 Perez rf-3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .243 Villar 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .260 Kratz c 4 0 1 0 0 2 .297 Arcia ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 .199 Jennings p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 b-Aguilar ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .299 Barnes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Williams p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Knebel p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --e-Pina ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .222 Chacin p 0 0 0 0 1 0 .160 Sogard ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .141 Totals 34 2 6 2 2 14 Cardinals 100 520 000 — 8 10 1 Milwaukee 200 000 000 — 2 6 0 a-struck out for Shaw in the 3rd. b-struck out for Jennings in the 6th. c-flied out for Mayers in the 7th. d-lined out for Molina in the 8th. e-struck out for Knebel in the 9th. E: Garcia (3). LOB: Cardinals 10, Milwaukee 7. 2B: Garcia (5), Ozuna (7), Fowler 2 (8), Braun (12), Villar (7). HR: Martinez (11), off Chacin; Yelich (10), off Weaver. RBIs: Carpenter 2 (33), Martinez 3 (47), Ozuna (42), Bader (10), Weaver (2), Yelich (32), Perez (12). SF: Ozuna. S: Weaver. RLISP: Cardinals 5 (Carpenter, Garcia 2, Molina 2); Milwaukee 3 (Kratz 2, Aguilar). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Cardinals Weaver 5 2/3 5 2 2 2 9 104 4.59 1/ 0 0 1 4 3.00 Mayers 3 0 0 Holland 1 1 0 0 0 1 9 7.71 Cecil 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 4.80 Brebbia 1 0 0 0 0 2 18 2.96 Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Chacin 4 1/3 9 8 8 5 5 89 3.82 Jennings 1 2/3 1 0 0 0 2 24 3.44 Barnes 1 0 0 0 2 1 26 1.78 Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 2.48 Knebel 1 0 0 0 1 3 18 3.57 W: Weaver 4-6. L: Chacin 6-3. Inherited runners-scored: Mayers 2-0, Jennings 1-0. WP: Jennings, Barnes. Umpires: Home, Mike Winters; First, Mike Muchlinski; Second, Tim Timmons; Third, Rob Drake. T: 3:14. A: 39,710 (41,900).

HOW THEY SCORED Cardinals first • Matt Carpenter walks. Greg Garcia doubles to left field. Matt Carpenter to third. Jose Martinez called out on strikes. Marcell Ozuna out on a sacrifice fly to deep right center field to Hernan Perez. Matt Carpenter scores. Yadier Molina lines out to shortstop to Orlando Arcia. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Cardinals 1, Brewers 0. Brewers first • Eric Thames strikes out swinging. Christian Yelich homers to center field. Ryan Braun doubles to deep right field. Travis Shaw called out on strikes. Hernan Perez singles to shallow right field. Ryan Braun scores. Jonathan Villar doubles to shallow right field. Hernan Perez to third. Erik Kratz lines out to right field to Dexter Fowler. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Brewers 2, Cardinals 1. Cardinals fourth • Dexter Fowler doubles to left field. Harrison Bader walks. Kolten Wong flies out to right field to Ryan Braun. Harrison Bader to second. Dexter Fowler to third. Luke Weaver strikes out swinging. Matt Carpenter singles to center field. Harrison Bader scores. Dexter Fowler scores. Greg Garcia walks. Matt Carpenter to second. Jose Martinez homers to center field. Greg Garcia scores. Matt Carpenter scores. Marcell Ozuna doubles to right field. Yadier Molina lines out to third base to Hernan Perez. 5 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Cardinals 6, Brewers 2. Cardinals fifth • Dexter Fowler doubles to center field. Harrison Bader singles to left field. Dexter Fowler scores. Kolten Wong singles to shallow right field. Harrison Bader to third. Luke Weaver out on a sacrifice bunt to shallow infield, Jhoulys Chacin to Brad Miller. Kolten Wong to second. Harrison Bader scores. On Dan Jennings’s wild pitch, Kolten Wong to third. Matt Carpenter called out on strikes. Greg Garcia grounds out to first base to Brad Miller. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Cardinals win 8-2.

CARDINALS

ST. LoUIS PoST-dISPaTCH • B5

NOTEBOOK

Ailing Pham is kept out of lineup Outfielder has symptoms that mimic the flu virus BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-dispatch

MILWAUKEE • Cardinals manager Mike Ma-

theny arrived at the ballpark Sunday morning with two lineups written for the series finale against Milwaukee, and the question he had to answer was whether Tommy Pham would be in it. When Pham became lightheaded in the batting cage, Matheny had his answer. The Cardinals center fielder, stuck in a rut at the plate, was a late scratch Sunday with continuing flu-like symptoms that included stiffness and a headache in addition to the dizziness. Pham said he caught a bug in Philadelphia, but that it played only “a small factor” in why he’s had difficulty catching up to the fastball at the plate. Pham finished the road trip three for 24 with 11 strikeouts. He struck out in his final five at-bats of the Brewers series, including four times staring at strike three. “I chased a slider because I was trying to cheat to catch up to the fastball,” Pham said, candidly. “When you’re missing your pitches like I am it’s not a good feeling because in this game you make your money, as a hitter, on your ability to hit the fastball. Hitters get to the big leagues because they can hit the fastball, and right now I’m not hitting the fastball. And it’s not one particular zone that is hurting me. It’s everywhere. I’m missing everywhere. “I’m missing 93 (mph) down the middle.” Pham said it’s not his vision or another set of wonky contacts that has caused the rash of strikeouts, and Matheny said until there’s some way for the team to look through his eyes they have to trust him. “There is zero way for us to know,” Matheny said. Pham says the problem is his hands, specifically how he gears them back before striking forward with the bat. He traced the issue back

AVERAGES Batting J. Martinez Ozuna Munoz Garcia Molina Pham Bader Gyorko Carpenter Pena Wong Fowler Team

AVG AB R H .300 260 33 78 .284 278 31 79 .280 118 9 33 .273 88 11 24 .270 174 19 47 .257 257 54 66 .252 147 23 37 .247 158 13 39 .237 257 39 61 .202 84 7 17 .188 176 18 33 .169 207 28 35 .240 2567 324 617

2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB E 17 0 11 47 30 43 0 7 7 1 10 42 20 55 2 3 3 0 3 15 9 33 3 9 5 0 2 10 11 19 0 3 6 0 11 31 10 28 2 2 8 0 12 26 30 74 9 3 2 1 5 10 11 43 6 0 8 0 5 20 12 42 1 8 20 0 13 33 43 77 0 6 2 0 2 4 3 23 0 0 4 1 5 12 15 37 1 2 8 0 5 20 29 51 3 4 99 3 98 308 248 671 27 63

Pitching W L ERA G GS SV IP 3 1 2.06 36 0 1 39.1 Hicks Flaherty 3 2 2.50 10 10 0 57.2 8 2 2.69 15 15 0 97.0 Mikolas Brebbia 1 1 2.96 22 0 2 27.1 Mayers 2 0 3.00 20 0 1 24.0 C. Martinez 3 4 3.24 12 12 0 66.2 Norris 3 2 3.31 33 0 14 32.2 1 3 3.63 23 0 0 22.1 Tuivailala Gomber 0 0 4.22 10 0 0 10.2 Gant 1 2 4.39 8 3 0 26.2 4 6 4.59 16 16 0 84.1 Weaver Cecil 0 1 4.80 17 0 0 15.0 0 2 7.71 21 0 0 16.1 Holland Team 40 36 3.68 76 76 18 691.1

H 22 42 82 22 23 55 28 26 6 23 85 16 21 621

R 11 19 32 9 9 29 13 9 5 19 45 9 15 315

ER HR BB SO 9 1 21 32 16 7 16 68 29 8 12 71 9 2 7 31 8 3 6 23 24 3 42 65 12 4 5 43 9 2 8 20 5 1 7 7 13 1 9 28 43 10 32 77 8 1 12 11 14 1 15 15 283 71 268 647

to the Cardinals’ series in San Diego, in midMay. The first game after that series, Pham struck out three times, and in the 36 games since he’s hit .206 with as many strikeouts (46) as total bases (46). The drills that he usually does to regain that timing have not worked, so he and hitting coach John Mabry have been working through other options, other approaches. In the offseason, Pham films his practice in the batting cage, a habit Boston slugger J.D. Martinez suggested. If the bug clears, Pham plans to bring a tripod to the cage Monday and record his practice, to see if his timing there reveals how it’s awry in the game.

HUDSON DOMINATES, WAITS

On the periphery, for now, of the Cardinals’ discussion about what to do with Michael Wacha’s spot in the rotation, Dakota Hudson sent word from Class AAA Memphis that

he may be closer to helping than the roster would allow. Hudson struck out seven and allowed one run in eight sterling innings Saturday night for Triple-A Memphis, and the 23-year-old righthander lowered his ERA to 2.04. The win, his 10th, was his ninth quality start in 10 games. “I think he’s just pitching. I think he’s just competing,” Matheny said when asked if perhaps Hudson was auditioning. “He’s still young. Hasn’t been doing it all that long. But he sees a lot of guys going up and down. He also sees that he’s not a roster player. We’ve had quite a few different guys that we could go to, and a lot of those guys are here. I imagine that’s part of his thought process. More than anything else he’s trying to get better.” The Cardinals will start John Gant against Cleveland at Busch Stadium on Monday, the first turn in the rotation Wacha will miss. The team also expects to have a clearer sense of the length of Wacha’s absence and severity of the oblique strain that put him on the disabled list. What Gant and Daniel Poncedeleon – two of Memphis’ leading starters – have that Hudson does not is a spot on the 40-man roster.

HOLLAND RESURGENT?

The outing the Cardinals had been hoping to get from Greg Holland as he transitions back into the bullpen arrived Sunday. By then he’d already had to pitch in tighter jams. The righthander, an All-Star closer a year ago, returns to Busch this weekend a different reliever from when he left it. Holland threw three scoreless innings on the road trip, and he struck out five of the 10 batters he faced. He had one two-strikeout game in his first 18 with the Cardinals, but after a turn on the disabled list and rinse cycle through the minors, he has two in his past three games. Pressed into a high-leverage spot Tuesday, Holland is easing into the setup role now earmarked for him. Derrick Goold @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cardinals starter Luke Weaver throws during the first inning Sunday on his way to a victory over the Brewers as he improved to 4-6.

Cards beat Brewers, end trip on good note CARDINALS • FROM B1

we do,” Matheny said. “When they happen — which obviously they can, or we wouldn’t have seen it — we have to do everything we can that it doesn’t happen again. That’s not the kind of baseball they want to be seen playing or be known for playing. I think it has been a contrast. “Sometimes they talk about fighters that have to get hit in the nose to be any good in the ring,” he concluded. “I think sometimes you get embarrassed and you realize that’s nowhere you want to be.” The counterpunch started Friday night with Jack Flaherty’s no-hitter into the seventh inning, and the Cardinals landed their first uppercut Saturday with Yadier Molina’s two-homer game and a victory. The draw came Sunday — the culmination of a team showing a combination of jabs and haymakers offensively it had only talked about. The Cardinals bruised Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin for eight runs on nine hits. They had not scored that many in any of the previous six games on the road trip, and in one inning against Chacin the Cardinals had almost as many runs (five) as they had in the previous three games of the series against first-place Milwaukee (seven). The Cardinals’ five-run fourth, which overtook the Brewers’ lead and ran away with it, started with Fowler’s double, part of his first game this season with two extra-base hits. For him, that double started in the bullpen. At the start of a weekend in Milwaukee, Fowler approached pitching coach Mike Maddux for permission to stand in during a starter’s bullpen session. He wanted to track pitches. Recast in a part-time role, Fowler found it difficult to maintain his timing at the plate, and he felt “a click off” throughout the series in Philadelphia. To find that click, he did what hitters often do during spring training – grab a bat, dig into the box and watch a

teammate pitch. “I can see velo(city) and getting in there to find it on the go,” Fowler said. “It’s tough in that role. You’ve got to try and go in and take some professional at-bats. It’s little things. It’s little things that make a big difference. It’s timing. It’s feel. It’s the reps. It’s a lot. It’s a lot. Just getting back in the swing of things, if you will, it helps out.” Fowler started the game hitless in his previous 13 at-bats and dragging a .163 average around. His unproductive start to the season has put him in a time-share in right field, though he has hardly been alone. The Cardinals’ four outfielders entered Sunday’s game six for 72 (.083) on the road trip. Harrison Bader and Fowler, who split time in right, were a combined one for 27 (.037). With Tommy Pham struck by the flu, both Fowler and Bader started Sunday — and then got things started. They reached base in their first six plate appearances, combined. They scored four of the Cardinals’ eight runs. They each took extra bases like pickpockets palm wallets. Batting in the sixth spot, Fowler ignited the offense as if he was in the leadoff spot like “the guy that we know, we’ve seen against (us) so many times,” Matheny said. In the decisive fourth inning, Bader followed Fowler’s double with a walk. Kolten Wong skied a ball to right fielder Ryan Braun, whom Fowler tested by tagging up for third. He explained that the number of outs (one) and the pitcher coming up made that play worth the risk. He slid in safely. Bader scampered to second. That led to Matt Carpenter’s two-run single for the lead. Two batters later, Jose Martinez broke the game open with a three-run homer. His 11th of the season knocked the food out of a fan’s hand in a left-center concourse, and some of the debris landed in the Brewers’ bullpen. Fowler’s push made it possible.

“Shows where his head’s at, shows where our heads are all at as a team,” said starter Luke Weaver. “That aggressive kind of baseball, pushing the envelope a little bit. We got some runs in that one inning, that got us up, and then pushed down the gas a little more and see what you can get. The momentum was there for us.” Weaver (4-6) halted a four-game losing streak and claimed his first win since May 11 with 5 2/3 strong innings. With the lead and a feel for his breaking ball, he silenced the Brewers. At one point he struck out five of six on his way to nine strikeouts for the game. On Friday, when the Cardinals botched Flaherty’s gem and lost in the ninth, an ugly loss and a gut-punch loss put the road trip at 1-4 with two to play. A year ago, a disastrous, winless June road trip brought the Cardinals back to St. Louis for the first in-season staff changes of Matheny’s tenure. Pressure on this coaching staff this season remains palpable, especially for the hitting coaches, and the road trip was winding down a familiar path. Said one player, it was up to them, the players, “to get this looking better.” Two wins over the weekend tidied up the trip, and coupled with the Reds’ sweep of the Cubs, kept the Cardinals steady in the standings. Carpenter called the start of the series in Milwaukee a “look yourself in the mirror moment.” By Sunday, they could reflect on what Matheny insisted they were. “You can see a small picture of what this was supposed to look like and what we’re capable of making it look like,” Carpenter said. “Hopefully, this is a day we can always look back on and say, ‘OK, that’s who we are. That’s what we need to do. That’s how we score runs. That’s how we play. That’s how we can win.’” Derrick Goold @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com