(Busch Stadium) It wasn’t the full nine innings, but starter Dakota Hudson did not allow a hit as his St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 tonight.
“I really didn’t know it was like a no-hitter until I got into the clubhouse,” Hudson shared. “Guys were giving me hugs, usually I get a handshake so I was like ‘what’s going on’?”
Hudson came within one out of finishing the seventh inning before a walk to Eric Thames and his pitch count reaching 111 brought Mike Shildt from the Cardinals dugout to summon Giovanny Gallegos from the bullpen.
“It wasn’t a tough decision at all,” Shildt said. “There just wasn’t enough bullets. You could’ve justified maybe if it was the end of the eighth, let him grab the ninth. But at 111, Thames took a long at-bat on him, he had more than done his job.”
Hudson (12-6) finished with a line of 6.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BBs, and 7 Ks. The seven strikeouts matches his career high and moved him past 100 strikeouts (104) on the season.
“I was really just trying to be in tune with what I was doing,” he said. “Make a pitch, execute a pitch. One for one, one for two. I was trying to keep count of that. I was trying to be aware of what was happening in the game, I didn’t really pay attention to the surroundings as much as I did what the hitters were doing, what Yadi was doing, and trying to bring myself up to par with him out there.”
The Cardinals scored two runs in the fifth inning as Kolten Wong drove in Matt Carpenter, who had reached on a lead-off walk and advanced to third on a Yadier Molina single. Wong then scored on a single by Dexter Fowler.
An inning later, Paul DeJong drove a solo home run 398ft–breaking the “M” in Big Mac Land, which is where the ball remained.
Milwaukee notched their first hit of the game in the eighth as Yasmani Grandal hit a ground rule double into right field off Gallegos. Andrew Miller relieved and intentionally walked Christian Yelich before getting Mike Moustakas to ground out to Wong and end the inning. Miller finished the game for his fifth save of the year.
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