Brent Suter turned a quick mistake into a big win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The left-hander pitched seven strong innings, Manny Pina homered and the Milwaukee Brewers capitalized on a season-high four errors by St. Louis in an 11-3 victory Thursday night.
Suter (8-4) retired 12 straight after Matt Carpenter homered on the first pitch of the game.
Left fielder Marcell Ozuna tracked Jesus Aguilar’s towering fly and climbed the wall in anticipation of making a home run-saving catch. The ball hit the padding behind and below Ozuna and bounced away as two runs scored for Milwaukee.
Fielding and throwing errors in the third helped the Brewers tack on two unearned runs.
Lorenzo Cain reached on Carpenter’s fielding error at third base and scored on Travis Shaw’s double. Shaw advanced on a wild pitch and then raced home when Martinez lost the grip on the ball as he threw toward the plate and it squirted toward the third base line.
The Brewers broke it open in the fourth on a home run by Pina, a run-scoring single by Cain and a sacrifice fly by Shaw.
Milwaukee added three unearned runs in the seventh aided by a fielding and throwing error by second baseman Jedd Gyorko.
The four Cardinals errors surprised Suter.
The 35-year-old Choo, a native of Pusan, South Korea, is in his 14th MLB season. He downplayed his brush with history Friday, saying it only meant he’d been around a long time.
I am not a home run hitter. I’ve just played in this league a long time. That’s not my focus, Choo said (via Star-Telegram.com). [Matsui] only played ten years in the big leagues. If he had played longer, he would have more home runs than me. Somebody was going to break the record.
No real reason to explain it, rookie manager Mickey Callaway said. I wish we were playing better for our home fans and giving them more wins. They deserve more wins.
Wheeler (2-6) walked the first two batters in the sixth — though his full-count pitch to leadoff man Joc Pederson certainly appeared to be in the strike zone. One out later, Matt Kemp blooped a single to right field to load the bases.
Bellinger connected on an 0-2 delivery, launching a 96 mph fastball into the second deck in right for his second career slam. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year entered the day hitting .179 with runners in scoring position.
He was kind of blowing it by me all day. But then again, he’s got three other pitches so you can’t sell out 100 percent. Like I said, I just tried to have a short swing, Bellinger said.