Vogelbach slams in 9th pick return, Brewers shock 6-5 cards

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MILWAUKEE – Daniel Vogelbach loves the opportunity to change the complexion of a game with a single stroke of the bat.

He took advantage of that chance on Sunday and delivered one of the most memorable moments of the Milwaukee Brewers’ enchanting season.

Vogelbach delivered a successful grand slam off Alex Reyes to cap a ninth-inning five-run rally that gave the NL Central-leading Brewers a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I like being in those situations whether I fail or succeed,” Vogelbach said after hitting his first career home run and the first by any Brewers player this season.

“As a competitor you always want to be in those situations and be the guy who takes the lead in that situation. I’m just happy that I was able to replace the guys who were grinding the whole game,” he said. declared.

Reyes (5-8) came into the game after the Brewers charged bases from Giovanny Gallegos. Vogelbach hit a 1-0 pitch over the outstretched arm of right fielder Dylan Carlson, who made a jump attempt in front of the wall.

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Vogelbach was assaulted at home plate and doused with the contents of a Gatorade bucket. He just joined the squad on Wednesday after spending more than two months on the injured list while nursing his hamstrings.

During his absence, the Brewers acquired first baseman Rowdy Tellez, a move that changed Vogelbach’s role on the team.

“Vogey is back and he’s got a different job,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “In a way, it’s a shame because he got injured. We made an acquisition to cover that and he did a good job. So, for now, that’s his job, to be a bat on the bench. To deliver in this way and you don’t get a big sample of opportunities is a real honor for him.

Milwaukee’s return extended its NL Central lead to 11 games against Cincinnati and dealt a blow to the Cardinals, who are chasing a wildcard spot. The Cardinals capped a 5-5 road trip and now enter a seven-game home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati.

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“We just have to find a way to get back on the horse and come back after,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s disheartening. We’ve played exceptional baseball this road trip. We wish we had a little more to show. The strong survive. We have to keep being strong and go out and get the best we have with this. That we have.

The Brewers trailed 5-1 before starting their comeback against Gallegos, who started in the ninth after getting the last two outs in the eighth.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a first double and scored on Luke Maile’s single to make it 5-2. Jace Peterson’s brace and Eduardo Escobar’s walk charged the bases with one out.

Then Vogelbach hit his first homer since June 14.

Miguel Sánchez (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to claim the win. Milwaukee’s Pablo Reyes celebrated his 28th birthday by hitting his first homer of the season.

Tyler O’Neill had three hits, including a home run, for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader added a two-run brace on a slow roll that passed Brewers third baseman Eduardo Escobar. Starter Jon Lester allowed a run in just 5 1/3 innings to help the Cardinals take the lead on All-Star right-hander Corbin Burnes.

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“The first eight innings were about as good baseball as you want to play,” Shildt said.

But the Cardinals left 14 men on base and couldn’t put the game out of reach. The brewers ended up making them pay.

Milwaukee loaded the bases in the eighth, but first baseman Paul Goldschmidt ended the threat by catching a one-liner to deny Christian Yelich an extra hit that could have earned three runs.

“After that line reader got caught with Yeli, I feel like it was your shot,” Counsell said. “It deflates when that ball is caught. Looks like it should be 5-4 and round nine is going to be a tough one. But the guys did a great job, starting with Jackie putting together a tough ninth round. Just having hard hits against a good pitcher. It set him up for Vogey’s heroics.

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TRAINER’S ROOM

SS Brewers Willy Adames went on the 10-day disabled list with a pulled left quadriceps. The Brewers recalled utility Tim Lopes from Triple-A Nashville.

FOLLOWING

Cardinals: Start a four-game home series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon. RHP Miles Mikolas (0-1, 4.41 ERA) pitches for the Cardinals. The Dodgers will start RHP Max Scherzer (12-4, 2.40).

Brewers: Open a three-game home series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday afternoon. Brandon Woodruff (9-4, 2.35) pitches for the Brewers and Zack Wheeler (11-9, 3.01) starts for the Phillies in an All-Star right-hander matchup.

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