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Saturday, May 7th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (13-19) at St. Louis Cardinals (19-14), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (2-2, 6.10)
St. Louis - Kyle Lohse (4-1, 2.44)
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals go for a third straight victory
this afternoon when they continue a three-game series with the Milwaukee
Brewers at Busch Stadium.
After winning Thursday's rubber match with the Marlins, the Cardinals opened
up this series with a convincing 6-0 victory behind Jaime Garcia's near
perfection. The left-hander retired the first 22 batters he faced before his
bid for a perfect game ended with a one-out walk to Casey McGehee in the
eighth inning. Yuniesky Betancourt followed with a single to end the no-
hitter, but Corey Hart then hit into a double play.
Garcia had to settle for a two-hit shutout, his second of the season, that
upped his season record to 4-0 and lowered his earned run average to 1.99.
"It's so hard not to think about [the perfect game]," Garcia said. "This is
definitely one of the greatest days of my short career. It was very exciting."
Albert Pujols paced the offense with three runs batted in for the Cardinals,
who have won three of four. Yadier Molina hit a solo homer and Matt Holliday
extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games for a Cardinals club that is
averaging 6.2 runs per game over the first five contests of a seven-game
St. Louis did lose shortstop Ryan Theriot to a bruised left shin after he was
hit by a pitch and his status for this game is unknown.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, is now averaging just one run per game over a season-
worst seven-game slide, the club's longest since dropping nine in a row from
May 10-19 of last year. In getting shut out for the third time on its skid,
Milwaukee gave starter Randy Wolf little chance, though the left-hander
himself gave up six runs over five innings.
"My command was the worst it's been all year," Wolf said.
Hoping to avoid his first loss since April 4 this afternoon will be Cardinals
starter Kyle Lohse, who had a four-start winning streak end on Monday when he
did not factor into the decision of a 6-5 loss to the Marlins.
The 32-year-old righty did yield a season-high five runs -- four on a grand
slam in the third inning -- on six hits and three walks in six innings. Lohse
also took a ball off his right shin in the third inning, but stayed in the
"I give Kyle all the credit," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told his team's
website. "He got blasted pretty well and he gave us some innings. He just had
that one inning where bases loaded and he made a pitch and the guy hit it out
of the park. He could have limped off the field when he got blasted, and he
stayed in there."
Lohse is 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA in six starts this year and 3-6 with a 5.36 ERA
in his career against the Brewers in 16 games (14 starts).
Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo will try to put his recent struggles
behind him and pick up his first career victory against the Cardinals when he
starts this afternoon.
Since a two-hit shutout victory over the Braves on April 5, Gallardo is 1-2
with an 8.89 ERA, yielding 26 runs in 26 1/3 innings. He lost in Atlanta on
Monday, giving up five runs on nine hits and a season-high four walks in five-
plus innings, though he did match a season best with seven strikeouts.
The 25-year-old is 2-2 with a 6.10 ERA in seven starts this season and 0-4
with a 5.63 ERA in seven career starts against St. Louis.
The Brewers have won four of their past six versus the Cardinals.
05/07 10:32:54 ET
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