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Monday, May 7th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (17-11) at Arizona Diamondbacks (14-15), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (5-0, 1.60)
Arizona - Joe Saunders (2-1, 1.24)
(Sports Network) - It's probably safe to assume that Lance Lynn has solidified
himself as part of the Cardinals' rotation going forward.
Lynn will try to become the first St. Louis hurler to win his first six starts
of the season in 18 years this evening in the opener of a three-game series
versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Inserted into the starting five when Chris Carpenter opened the season on the
disabled list because of a right shoulder injury, Lynn become the National
League's first five-game winner last Wednesday when he held Pittsburgh to a
pair of runs on three hits and one walk over 6 2/3 innings. That was actually
a season high for the righty, who had given up just a single run in each of
his first four outings.
Lynn also struck out six against the Pirates to give him 30 through 33 2/3
innings, but isn't taking too much stock in his 5-0 start.
"It means we have five wins when I'm pitching, so that's good," Lynn told St.
Louis' website. "All I'm trying to do is help us win when I'm out there."
Lynn, who turns 25 on Saturday, looks to become the first Cards hurler to win
his first six starts to begin a season since Bob Tewksbury in 1994 and makes
his eighth career start. It will be his first versus the Diamondbacks, who he
has faced twice before in relief, striking out three over three scoreless
Lynn will also be aiming to pick up his first career win against a team
outside of the NL Central when he battles the Diamondbacks, who counter with
their own quick-starting hurler in Joe Saunders.
The 30-year-old lefty has produced a 1.24 earned run average through his first
five starts, but is just 2-1. After throwing a three-hit shutout to beat the
Marlins on April 27, Saunders did not factor into a 5-4 loss to the Nationals
on Wednesday. He gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two
walks over 6 1/3 frames, with his third-inning run allowed snapping his
career-best 15-inning scoreless streak.
Saunders has faced the Cardinals only once before, picking up a win on July 7
of last season. He hurled five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, walking four
before having his outing ended early following a rain delay.
Saunders will try to prevent the Cardinals from picking up a second straight
win this evening after they snapped a three-game slide with Sunday's 8-1
victory at Houston. Tyler Greene powered St. Louis to a win in the finale of a
three-game set, logging two homers in a game for the first time while also
driving in a career-high four runs.
"Tyler had a great day, driving that ball off the wall in right-center, and
then showing the power to right," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It was
just a great day for him."
Allen Craig added a homer and had three RBI, giving him seven runs batted in
over the four games since coming off the 15-day disabled list. Adam Wainwright
moved to 10-1 in his career versus Houston, scattering a run and seven hits
over seven innings
The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, return home after losing four of the final five
contests of a 10-game road trip to finish the swing at .500. They were bested
3-1 in New York on Sunday and did not plate their run until Justin Upton's
double in the ninth brought home Gerardo Parra.
However, Jason Kubel flew out, Paul Goldschmidt went down on strikes and
Miguel Montero made the final out with his fly ball to the warning track in
"I think we're playing pretty good ball, but we're just coming up short," said
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, who gave up three runs over seven innings to
suffer the loss.
The Cardinals won four of seven over the Diamondbacks last season, taking two
of three in Arizona in a series in which the teams combined for 51 runs.
05/07 10:41:02 ET