The St. Louis Cardinals scored nine runs in the first three innings, including eight off of Milwaukee starter Taylor Jungmann, coasting to a 10-1 win over the Brewers at Busch Stadium.
St. Louis pounded out 19 hits, most ever in a Cardinals home opener. Eight of them went for doubles and two for triples.
Jungmann gave up eight of the runs, five of the doubles and both triples. It’s almost as if the Cardinals knew what was coming.
“When you get hit around like that, it’s always something you want to look at,” he said. “I’ll go back and look at it. It’s not the first thing I’ll look at. I’ll look at how I attacked them and things like that.”
The Brewers couldn’t stop the Cardinals from scoring runs, until it was too late. They also had nothing going against Cardinals starter Michael Wacha. Wacha tossed six shutout innings, allowing just four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
After the Cardinals nine-run outburst in the first three innings, both teams appeared to have some issues with the late shadows creeping across home plate, making it difficult to see the ball. But the damage had been done and suggesting the Brewers would come back from nine-runs down would be a reach.
The Brewers finally put a run on the board in the 7th inning when Chris Carter delivered a solo home run.
The Brewers also met one of the latest Cardinal phenom’s in outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. Hazelbaker went 4 for 4 with a triple, double and sacrifice fly and improved to 10 for 19 on the season (.526).
Today is an off day for the two teams. Game two of the three game series is Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.