National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, September 23rd
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (81-71) at Chicago Cubs (59-93), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Kyle Lohse (15-3, 2.71)
Chicago - Justin Germano (2-8, 6.17)
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals are one step closer to the
playoffs, and today they'll have 15-game winner Kyle Lohse on the mound for
the rubber match of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
Lohse can establish a career-high for victories this afternoon. The right-
hander won 15 games in 2008 with the Cardinals. On Tuesday, he threw seven
shutout innings in a win against Houston.
Lohse has a career record of 3-4 with a 5.22 ERA in 15 career starts versus
On the brink of another disheartening loss to the Cubs, the playoff-hopeful
Cardinals flipped the script on Saturday. Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying solo
homer in the ninth inning and Jon Jay delivered a two-out, RBI double in the
10th to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win.
In Friday's series opener, the Cubs earned a 5-4 extra-inning victory courtesy
of Darwin Barney's two-run homer in the ninth and David DeJesus' RBI single in
Saturday's win moved the Cardinals 2 1/2 games ahead of the hard-charging
Milwaukee Brewers, who saw their six-game win streak come to an end with a
10-4 loss to the Washington Nationals earlier on Saturday.
As they did in the series opener, the Cardinals led early on Saturday, but the
Cubs pieced together a three-run sixth inning, which was highlighted by
DeJesus' leadoff homer, to take a 4-3 lead.
But Beltran's one-out blast off Carlos Marmol in the ninth cleared the stands
inside the right-field foul pole and Mitchell Boggs (4-1) stranded a pair in
the bottom half to send the game into extras.
There, Matt Carpenter and pinch-hitter Bryan Anderson worked back-to-back two-
out walks before Jay ripped a double down the right-field line off Jaye
Chapman (0-1) to push across the go-ahead run.
Jason Motte struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th to record his 39th
save of the season and lock up St. Louis' fifth win in six games.
"That was as good as they get," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny.
Justin Germano, who has lost six straight appearances, gets the start for the
Cubs. Germano hasn't pitched more than five innings in any of his outings
during the skid. He's 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA in four games (1 start) against the
The Cardinals are 9-7 versus the Cubs this season.
09/23 10:44:13 ET