National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 11th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (5-1) at Cincinnati Reds (2-3), 12:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Jaime Garcia (1-0, 3.00)
Cincinnati - Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Dominican-born right-hander Johnny Cueto makes his second
start of the season with a chance to salvage a series today when the
Cincinnati Reds host the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set
at Great American Ball Park.
The defending world champion Cardinals have won the first two games of the
trio in Cincinnati, including a 3-1 triumph Tuesday when Carlos Beltran hit a
solo home run in the first and David Freese added a two-run shot in the sixth.
Kyle Lohse (2-0), who allowed just two hits and a run in 7 1/3 innings in his
first start of the year, was impressive again, yielding one run on four hits
and one walk over six innings.
Freese finished with two hits, while Lance Berkman, who left the game in the
ninth inning with a left leg strain, added two hits, including a triple, and a
run scored. Jason Motte struck out one in a perfect bottom of the ninth to
record his second save of the year.
Mike Leake (0-1) was touched for three runs on seven hits and one walk over
six innings. Joey Votto knocked in the lone Cincinnati run and Jay Bruce
tallied two hits in defeat.
Cueto, who turned 26 in February, was a 12-game winner in 2010 and won nine
times in 2011 with a stingy 2.31 earned run average in 156 innings.
He opened 2012 with a flourish, pitching seven scoreless innings of three-hit
ball in a 4-0 defeat of the Miami Marlins on April 5.
In 13 career starts against St. Louis, Cueto is 4-4 with a 4.94 ERA in 71
For the Cardinals, lefty Jaime Garcia, a 13-game winner in the last two
seasons, makes his second start of 2012 after an 11-5 defeat of Milwaukee on
He allowed five hits and two runs in six innings against the Brewers, walking
two and striking out three.
Garcia carried a 3.56 ERA across 194 2/3 innings last season while winning 13
of 20 decisions.
He is 6-1 in nine appearances against the Reds - seven starts - with a 3.13
Cincinnati was 9-6 against the Cards last season.
04/11 10:33:47 ET