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Wainwright lifts Cardinals to win

Brewers play with heavy hearts after learning Segura’s 9-month-old son had died

July 13, 2014
The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright knew how tough it was for the Milwaukee Brewers to play Saturday after finding out that shortstop Jean Segura's 9-month-old son had died.

But Wainwright had to push those thoughts aside as he pitched seven strong innings to lead St. Louis to a 10-2 win over Milwaukee for a tie atop the National League Central.

The Cardinals' Kolten Wong, a University of Hawaii alumnus, hit a two-run homer in the second inning. It was his fifth home run in the last six games since coming back from the disabled list.

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St. Louis’ Kolten Wong, a University of Hawaii alummus, is greeted by Matt Carpenter at home plate after hitting a two-run homer during the second inning of the Cardinals’ 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

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The Brewers lost their seventh game in a row.

Segura left the team and traveled home to the Dominican Republic, a day after his son died. Milwaukee observed a moment of silence for Janniel Segura, and the clubhouse was closed before the game.

The 24-year-old shortstop was put on the bereavement list when he learned after the Brewers' 7-6 loss to the Cardinals on Friday that his son had died. Manager Ron Roenicke said the boy had been ill.

"When something like that happens, you become a family," Wainwright said. "Baseball as a whole becomes a family. There's bigger things than baseball. I understand that he's going through something that I hope I never, never have to go through. So our hearts and prayers go out to him."

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was the catcher for the Cardinals when St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile died of a heart problem on June 22, 2002.

"The extended family in (Milwaukee's) clubhouse is hurting right along with him," he said. "You can't help but take a step back and just prioritize life. Prioritize just how fragile it is. It gives us perspective.

"When that happened (Kile's death), we had a lot of guys having a bunch of conversations you typically wouldn't have inside a clubhouse," Matheny said.

Wainwright (12-4) gave up two runs and five hits. He has allowed just four earned runs in his last six starts.

Wainwright helped himself with an RBI single and tied the Cincinnati Reds' Alfredo Simon and the New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka for the most wins in the major leagues.

Tony Cruz scored a career-high three runs for the Cardinals.

St. Louis trailed Milwaukee by 6 1/2 games on July 1, but Wainwright knows how quickly a team's fortune can change in a week. In fact, he said that a week ago.

"My quote was 'In a week from now, we could be doing a completely different kind of interview,' " he said. "This game is a funny game of ups and downs. The teams that have the most ups and the least amount of downs end up winning the whole thing."

For Milwaukee, it was a most difficult day.

"I think everybody in the clubhouse was affected quite a bit," Roenicke said. "I don't want to make excuses. We knew that we still have a game to play and a job to do, but we did not play well today."

The Brewers Jimmy Nelson (1-1) went 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs and eight hits. He was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday to make his first start since replacing ineffective Marco Estrada in the starting rotation.

 
 
 

 

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