Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 15th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (27-34) at St. Louis Cardinals (33-31), 8:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Vin Mazzaro (2-1, 3.60)
St. Louis - Kyle Lohse (6-1, 2.90)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Kyle Lohse tries to make it eight straight
starts without a loss tonight when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Kansas
City Royals in the opener of a three-game interleague set at Busch Stadium.
Lohse fell to 4-1 on the season with a 5-4 loss at Houston on May 4 - when he
allowed five runs in five innings - but is 2-0 in seven starts since,
including a 2-0 blanking of Cleveland in his most recent outing on June 9.
In that start, Lohse gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out four
across 7 2/3 innings while improving to 108-107 in his big-league career and
lowering his in-season earned run average to 2.90.
Lohse, who reached double-digit wins for the fourth time in 12 big-league
seasons in 2011, is 6-5 lifetime against the Royals with a 3.97 ERA in 115 2/3
For Kansas City, righty Vin Mazzaro starts for the fourth time this season and
the third time in his career against St. Louis.
The New Jersey native was a third-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2005
and debuted with them in 2009, before heading to Kansas City in a November
2010 trade that sent David DeJesus to Oakland.
Mazzaro split two decisions in seven appearances with the Royals last season
and has bounced between the minors and the big leagues in 2012 while making
three starts and one relief outing.
He won the initial two starts against Texas and Oakland, but was a 5-3 loser
at Pittsburgh on June 9 after allowing four runs on three hits and four walks
in three innings.
The 25-year-old has faced St. Louis twice and posted a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings
in a pair of no-decisions.
On Thursday in Kansas City, the Royals came from behind in the ninth inning
for the second straight night, beating Milwaukee, 4-3, to complete a three-
Brayan Pena stroked a pinch-hit single in the ninth off of John Axford (1-3)
to score two runs and win the game.
Luke Hochevar kept the Brewers' bats quiet, allowing three runs in 7 1/3
innings. Hochevar received a no-decision after allowing six hits and a walk
while striking out five.
In St. Louis, David Freese hit a two-run homer and an RBI double and the
Cardinals topped the Chicago White Sox, 5-3, in the finale of a three-game
Matt Adams added a two-run single for the Cardinals, who took two of three in
this series. Daniel Descalso chipped in with two hits and a run scored in the
Jake Westbrook (5-6) retired the first 12 batters he faced and allowed three
runs on five hits without issuing a walk over six frames to earn the win.
Jason Motte earned his 13th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.
St. Louis won four of six from the Royals last season.
06/15 10:43:04 ET