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Wednesday, July 3rd
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (49-33) at LA Angels of Anaheim (40-43), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Shelby Miller (8-6, 2.79)
LA Angels - Jerome Williams (5-3, 3.21)
(Sports Network) - Albert Pujols did not have an impact in his first ever
meeting against his former St. Louis club, but with the way the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim are playing as of late, it hardly mattered.
The Angels try to match their longest winning streak of the season on
Wednesday as they resume a three-game series versus the Cardinals.
After spending his first 11 seasons with St. Louis, helping the franchise win
a pair of World Series championships, Pujols signed as a free agent with the
Angels ahead of the 2012 campaign. Tuesday marked the first time he faced the
Cardinals since inking his 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels.
Pujols went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts, but Howie Kendrick had
three hits and Jered Weaver hurled seven innings of one-run ball in a 5-1
"It was a little weird, but it would have been a little different if this game
was in St. Louis," Pujols said. "(Cardinals catcher) Yadier (Molina) was
messing with me. He's like my little brother. Obviously, they pitched me well
Pujols is hitting .247 on the season and is mired in a 2-for-25 slump, but
that has not mirrored the Angels' play as of late. Los Angeles has won seven
in a row, its longest string of victories since claiming a season-high eight
straight from May 18-26.
Weaver allowed six hits while fanning five to snap a five-start winless
stretch and get his first victory since May 29.
"Going up against a tough lineup, execution was key," Weaver said. "I tried to
keep those guys off-balance and I had good defense behind me."
Lance Lynn was charged with five runs and nine hits over six innings of work
as the Cardinals lost for the seventh time in nine games.
"After the second inning, Lance made adjustments, but five runs is a long way
to come back, especially against a guy like Weaver," Cardinals manager Mike
Molina, Allen Craig and David Freese all had two hits, but the lineup was
without Matt Holliday after he was scratched due to a stiff neck and back.
It has also been a struggle as of late for young Cardinals hurler Shelby
Miller, who has lost three of his past four starts and hopes to rebound
Miller has given up 13 runs over his last four starts, with his earned run
average jumping from 1.91 to 2.79. The 22-year-old righty dropped his second
outing in a row on Friday as he yielded five runs on six hits and two walks
over a career-low 1 2/3 innings at Oakland.
"Tonight was really disappointing. I struggled. I just didn't have it today,"
said Miller, who fell to 8-6 on the year and faces the Angels for the first
The Angels counter with Jerome Williams, who is 5-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 20
appearances this season, including nine starts.
Williams will make a second straight start tonight after not factoring into
Friday's 4-2 victory in Houston. He gave up a run on five hits and three walks
over 6 1/3 innings.
The 31-year-old righty is 3-3 lifetime versus the Cards with a 4.46 ERA in
eight meetings (7 starts).
The all-time series between these clubs is tied at 5-5 and the Cardinals are
making their first ever trip to Anaheim.
07/03 10:36:54 ET