Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 30th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (49-31) at Oakland Athletics (47-35), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Jake Westbrook (4-2, 2.21)
Oakland - Tommy Milone (6-7, 4.06)
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals shoot for back-to-back victories
for the first time since June 19-20, when they close out a three-game set
against the Oakland Athletics in the Golden State Sunday afternoon.
The Cardinals have been one of the elite teams in the National League the last
several years, but they now find themselves sitting in second place in the
Central Division, one game behind a blistering Pittsburgh club which has won
eight in a row and nine of the last 10.
On Saturday, St. Louis won for just the second time in the last seven outings
with a 7-1 triumph.
Picking up his 11th win of the season on Saturday, Adam Wainwright went the
distance for the visitors as he allowed just s single run on five hits and a
couple of walks. Wainwright struck out eight as he lowered his ERA to just
2.22 on the campaign.
Much of the offense for the Cardinals was offered up by Matt Adams who cranked
out two home runs and finished with four RBI, while scoring three times in the
lopsided victory. Allen Craig responded with two hits and two walks as well.
"Big day for Matt," manager Mike Matheny said after the game. "He's just got
some different power. It's a lofting power that you don't see every day. He
has a nice approach, and when he doesn't start overthinking it, he has a real
nice idea at the plate."
Oakland starter Jarrod Parker lasted only 3 2/3 innings due to injury, turning
the game over to Jesse Chavez who allowed four runs on just three hits and a
walk in 1 1/3 innings.
"It was just something where I threw the pitch and it got tight on me," Parker
said of his early exit. "It happened so fast, I can't really tell you what
happened. It's something we'll figure out in the next few days."
Derek Norris notched two of the five hits recorded by the A's, but it was Josh
Donaldson who doubled and scored in the eighth to prevent Wainwright from
posting the shutout.
Even though they had a three-game win streak stopped, the A's are still only a
half game out of first in the American League West, trailing a Texas team
which lost on Saturday as well.
Taking the ball today for the Cardinals before they move on to Anaheim on
Tuesday will be Jake Westbrook as he seeks his third straight victory. The
right-hander out of Athens, Georgia has actually won four of his last five
decisions overall dating back to April 10.
Most recently Westbrook settled in against Houston on Tuesday and made it
through six innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a couple of walks,
while striking out three, helping to lead the squad to a 13-5 triumph in
Westbrook, who broke into the majors with the New York Yankees in 2000 and
then spent eight seasons with Cleveland, has had quite a bit of experience
against Oakland, but has just a 5-6 record and a 4.00 ERA through 15
appearances to show for his efforts.
Shooting for his first win in nearly a month, Tommy Milone is scheduled to
counter for the A's in this contest. The left-hander has dropped two of his
last four appearances, although Oakland won his most recent performance on
Tuesday, 7-3, even though he did not earn a decision.
Milone had some control issues in the meeting versus Cincinnati five days ago,
issuing four walks and allowing six hits in 4 2/3 innings, but all of that led
to just three earned runs.
Now in just his third major league campaign, Milone is getting his first-ever
look at St. Louis today.
The Cardinals, who now head to Anaheim to contend with the Angels, have won
the head-to-head series with A's each year they've met since 2004, including
2007 and 2010. St. Louis is now 130-116 all-time in interleague play, the A's
162-133 following the decision on Saturday.
06/30 10:31:16 ET