National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 23rd
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (11-5) at Chicago Cubs (4-12), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.06)
Chicago - Matt Garza (1-1, 3.66)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Jaime Garcia makes his sixth career appearance
against Chicago tonight when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Cubs for the
first of three games at Wrigley Field.
The 25-year-old has won two of three decisions in the previous meetings with
Chicago, allowing nine runs on 29 hits in 28 1/3 innings while walking five
batters and striking out 18.
A 13-game winner in each of the past two seasons, he's pitched well in all
three outings thus far in 2012 - winning twice while surrendering 23 hits and
six runs in 17 2/3 innings.
The Cardinals are 2-1 in the games he's pitched.
St. Louis got another mound gem in Sunday's finale against Pittsburgh,
clinching the series when Kyle Lohse tossed seven superb innings and the
Cardinals beat the Pirates, 5-1, at PNC Park.
Lohse (3-0) gave up just one run on six hits without walking a batter while
striking out five for the Cardinals, who took two of three games in the
Lohse improved to 4-1 in his career in Pittsburgh and the Cardinals are 4-0 in
his starts this season while outscoring opponents 14-4.
"I feel like this is what I'm capable of doing, going out there and keeping
the ball out of the middle of the plate and keeping it down," Lohse said. "I
feel like I can be successful every time out."
Mitchell Boggs tossed a perfect eighth inning and Kyle McClellan closed it out
in the ninth.
David Freese had a two-run single, Rafael Furcal went 3-for-4 with an RBI and
two runs scored and Matt Holliday also knocked in a run.
In Chicago, Johnny Cueto tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed just one earned run
as the Cincinnati Reds took a 4-3 decision over the Cubs in the rubber match
of a three-game set Sunday.
Rodrigo Lopez (0-1) took the loss, allowing two unearned runs in one-third of
an inning in relief of starter Randy Wells, who surrendered two earned runs on
six hits and five walks over five innings.
Bryan LaHair knocked in a run and Starlin Castro finished with two hits and
two runs scored. The Cubs have lost seven of their last eight.
They send hard-throwing California-born righty Matt Garza to begin the series
against the Cardinals, against whom Garza is 2-1 in four career starts with a
5.32 earned run average in 22 innings.
He's coming off a 9-1 loss at Miami in his most recent outing on April 18,
when he was touched for six runs on seven hits in five innings with seven
One start earlier, he came within an out of a complete game while allowing
three hits in an 8-0 defeat of Milwaukee on April 12.
In 19 2/3 overall innings this month, he's allowed eight runs on 15 hits with
six walks and 21 strikeouts.
The Cardinals took two of three from the Cubs in St. Louis in mid-April and
have won 11 of the past 16 meetings overall.
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