February 14, 2016

Strange end to Cardinals game

The Cardinals had runners on first and third with none out in the ninth inning but came up empty handed and lost Sunday afternoon 3-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Brewers’ closer John Axford walked Matt Holliday to start the ninth and pinch runner Tyler Greene went to third on a single by Carlos Beltran before Axford struck out David Freese. Then the Cardinals tried to steal a run when Yadier Molina struck out on a high delivery, with Beltran breaking for second and Greene ready to head home if there was a throw.

When catcher Jonathan Lucroy double-pumped on his throw to second it threw off Greene’s timing. Beltran, meanwhile, stopped early because he thought he’d be a certain out, leaving Greene an easy out on a relay from shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

The Cardinals were up 1-0 when the Brewers got to Jaime Garcia for three runs in the sixth. Aramis Ramirez had an RBI single to tie it and Lucroy, hit a two-run double with a drive off the left-field wall.