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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty got an extra day
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of rest and a chance to pitch against Milwaukee Nolan Ryan Jersey , and took advantage of both.Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 on Friday night.“As the season goes on, whether you are facing a team for the first time or for the third time, there’s adjustments made on both sides,” Flaherty said.“Whoever I’m out there I’m pitching against, I’m pitching against.”The Cardinals won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within a half-game of the Brewers for the National League’s second wild-card spot.Milwaukee has dropped three of four.Flaherty (7-6) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out seven. The Brewers had only two runners reach second base against the rookie, who has allowed two earned runs in his past 19 innings pitched.Friday marked his third start against Milwaukee this year and fourth in his young career. In 18 innings this season, he’s allowed two earned runs in 18 innings and struck out 29.“He pitched well http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey ,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He did a nice job.”Bud Norris earned his 24th save in 28 opportunities.Freddy Peralta (5-4) went six innings, giving up three earned runs. He allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out five. It was his third loss in his last four decisions.Wong made a nifty play to start the eighth by charging a hopper that bounded over pitcher Jordan Hick’s head. Wong snagged the ball in his glove and made a hard sidearm throw to get Keon Broxton at first. That turned out to be important because the Brewers scored twice that inning and cut the lead to 3-2.“I always take pride in my defense and when I can make great plays like that for the pitcher, that’s always huge,” Wong said. “To come up clutch was a big day for me.”He capped his night with a two-run double in the eighth to pad the Cardinals’ lead to 5-2.Jedd Gyorko hit his 10th home run of the season to open the fourth. The shot to left field gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.St. Louis took an early lead after Ozuna followed Yadier Molina’s single and a double from Jose Martinez with a hard grounder up the middle.The Brewers threatened a comeback in the eighth. They loaded the bases against Hicks, and Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run single to pull the score to 3-2 with one out. But Travis Shaw fouled out to left field and Jonathan Schoop’s flair to shallow center field was caught by shortstop Paul DeJong.ON BOARDCardinals 1B Matt Carpenter was issued an intentional walk in the seventh and has reached base in 35 consecutive games. It’s the longest such streak in the majors.TRAINING ROOMBrewers: OF Eric Thames was removed from the game before the bottom of the third inning with a sore right knee. The right fielder collided with center fielder Lorenzo Cain while making a catch in the bottom of the first. Manager Craig Counsell said after the game that Thames is day-to-day. … C Manny Pina was held out of Friday’s game as a precaution following a collision with the Cubs’ Javier Baez on Wednesday. Counsell said Pina should be available for the remainder of the weekend series, but wanted to provide another day of rest for his left shoulder that was hurt when he dove back into second against the Cubs.Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) continues his rehab assignment and was available to work out of the Double-A Springfield bullpen on Friday. The Cardinals announced earlier in the week that Martinez, typically a starter Reggie Jackson Jersey , would serve as a reliever when he returns to St. Louis. The Cardinals hope to have him back next week . IF Yairo Munoz (right wrist sprain) begins his rehabilitation assignment in Springfield on Saturday. … RHP Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) is headed to Palm Beach, Florida to begin a rehab assignment. He went on the DL on June 21.UP NEXTBraves: LHP Wade Miley (2-1, 2.23) looks for his first win since he went seven innings July 21 in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was his longest outing of the season.Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (12-3, 2.85) has won five consecutive games. He went seven innings in each of his last three starts and the Cardinals have lost just one of the past eight games in which he started. CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Jake Arrieta has no doubt the Philadelphia Phillies will be successful this season.“Of course I think we’re a playoff team,” Arrieta said Monday after the Phillies completed spring training with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.The 33-year old right-hander allowed two runs, six hits and struck out eight in over six innings. He induced 20 swings and misses.“Lots of empty swings,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “That was the most encouraging thing about the day. Super encouraging. Strong in his legs. Delivery was easy. Arm slot was perfect. I thought everything looked really good.”Philadelphia opens at home Thursday against NL East champion Atlanta. The Phillies transformed during the offseason, signing right fielder Bryce Harper to a $330 million http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey , 13-year contract after adding left fielder Andrew McCutchen, shortstop Jean Segura and catcher J.T. Realmuto.Aaron Nola starts the opener for Philadelphia and Julio Teheran for Atlanta.“It’s exciting,” Arrieta said. “With the guys we’ve got, there’s not really a break in our lineup. It’s going to be a fun one.”Arrieta was a key contributor to the 2016 Chicago Cubs who won the team’s first World Series title in 108 years. He went 2-0 in the seven-game Series against Cleveland.Philadelphia, which led its division with the second-best record in the NL one week into August, lost 33 of its final 49 games.“A lot of guys in here remember the way it shook down for us, the way the season finished and we don’t want that to happen again,” Arrieta said.Philadelphia went 80-82 in its sixth consecutive losing season.“I think this team has a ton of potential,” Kapler said. “But we’ve got to stay focused every single day. Got to come to the ballpark with a game plan of doing the little things right. Running the bases hard and executing the fundamentals. If we do those things Yunel Escobar Jersey , I think we can do good things.”HOT HARPERHarper doubled to left center on a 95 mph fastball from Wilmer Font in the first and walked against Diego Castillo during the third. After starting 0 for 9, the slugger closed out spring training with four hits — including a double and two homers — in his final eight at-bats. “I think Harper caught up pretty quick,” Arrieta said. “He’s one of the brightest stars in our game. If he stays healthy and is on the field for us, he’s going to put up some great numbers.” In his final plate appearance, Tampa Bay used a defensive alignment shifted toward the opposite field that left a large hole between first and second base.
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