Tempers simmer, intensity doesn't as Cardinals and Brewers split doubleheader, tighten standings

Tempers simmer, intensity doesn't as Cardinals and Brewers split doubleheader, tighten standings

The Brewers scored four runs off Oviedo (0-3) in the first, and added a two-run homer in the sixth inning. That too was off Oviedo — illustrating how he gave the Cardinals innings they needed without control of his pitches. Shildt called him “effectively wild.” “They took advantage of it,” Oviedo said. “I’m not going to make excuses because I was not throwing or whatever (in quarantine). Make a bad pitch, and they get it.” By pitching into the sixth, Oviedo helped pilot the Cardinals into a safer harbor, just as they try to set down their anchor for a five-game, four-day stay along the Allegheny River. In two doubleheaders that could have waterlogged the bullpen, the Cardinals instead flexed a strength. Starters Kwang Hyun Kim and Daniel Ponce de Leon handled 13 innings in Monday’s doubleheader, and Wainwright and Oviedo left only two outs in Wednesday’s 14 innings for the bullpen. It’s “reset” for a weekend at PNC Park, Shildt said. Anchors aweigh. The Brewers and the Reds and have nuzzled up next to the Cardinals in the standings — all three teams are separated by one game. Second place in the division is assured a berth in MLB’s new playoff format. The route is simple from here: Win to get in. “We just celebrated our ninth doubleheader, and it’s now become just what we do,” Shildt said. “We’ll ride as hard as we can and play as well as we can from now until the end and see ...
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