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Friday, September 7th
(All times eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (67-70) at St. Louis Cardinals (74-63), 8:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 3.79)
St. Louis - Kyle Lohse (14-2, 2.81)
(Sports Network) - A pair of 14-game winners go head-to-head tonight in the
opener of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis
Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse has won 15 games in a season just once in his
career back in 2008, his first season with St. Louis. He has won 14 games on
four separate occasions and is currently riding a 14-game unbeaten streak,
going 8-0 with a 2.64 earned run average over 92 innings.
Lohse, a right-hander, struggled in a no-decision last time out in a 10-9 win
at Washington on Saturday and allowed eight runs -- five earned -- in 5 2/3
innings. He is 14-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 28 starts this season and beat
Milwaukee with six scoreless innings in a 3-0 triumph on Aug. 5. Lohse is 6-8
with a 4.53 ERA in 21 career games (19 starts) against the Brewers. He has
been impressive at home in 2012, going 7-1 in 13 starts.
Yovani Gallardo, meanwhile, has won at least 13 games in four straight years
and is 14-8 with a 3.79 ERA through 28 starts. Much like Lohse, Gallardo also
is on an unbeaten tear as evidenced by his 6-0 mark and 3.04 ERA in his
previous seven trips to the mound -- all Milwaukee victories.
The right-hander did not factor in the outcome of a 12-8 over Pittsburgh on
Sunday and was hammered for seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Gallardo,
who is 6-5 in 12 road assignments, has lost both of his starts against the
Cardinals this season and is just 1-9 with a 7.05 ERA in 13 career starts in
Milwaukee is not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention just yet,
sitting seven games off one of the two final Wild Card spot. The Brewers just
split a four-game series at Miami to open a seven-game trek and dropped a 6-2
decision on Thursday from Marlins Park. Marco Estrada pitched the first five
innings and was tagged for four runs and seven hits.
"I wasn't making my pitches," Estrada said. "Even when I did, they got hit.
Any time you fall behind any good hitters, they're going to hit your good
Norichika Aoki and Ryan Braun had an RBI apiece for the Brewers, who had two
straight and 13-of-16 games. Braun is now one RBI shy of his fifth straight
St. Louis is in control of one of the last two postseason spots in the
National League, but hasn't been playing like a playoff contender.
The Cardinals were aiming for a three-game sweep of the New York Mets in the
Gateway City, before dropping a 6-2 contest in Wednesday's finale. Adam
Wainwright didn't have his best stuff and yielded five runs and eight hits in
five innings of work. He did add a home run at the plate.
"Two games in a row I couldn't put guys away," Wainwright said.
Daniel Descalso had two hits and a run scored, as the Cardinals lost for the
sixth time in nine tries and have a 1 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh and Los
Angeles in the Wild Card standings.
Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday was out of the starting lineup to rest his
lower back and could return this evening. He is batting .305 with 25 homers
and 92 RBI this season.
St. Louis is 8-4 against Milwaukee this season, going 5-1 at Busch Stadium.
09/07 10:53:32 ET