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Sunday, April 14th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (2-8) at St. Louis Cardinals (7-4), 2:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (0-0, 5.73)
St. Louis - Jaime Garcia (1-0, 2.92)
(Sports Network) - Jaime Garcia tries to continue St. Louis' run of strong
starting pitching on Sunday when the Cardinals attempt to complete a three-
game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.
After St. Louis blanked Milwaukee to start this series, Adam Wainwright kept
the Brewers off the scoreboard again, as he tossed a four-hit shutout and had
three hits and two RBI to lead the Cards to an 8-0 win.
Two of his three hits came during St. Louis' seven-run sixth inning which
broke the game open.
Wainwright, who has yet to walk a batter in 22 innings this season, matched
his career high with 12 strikeouts in St. Louis' third consecutive shutout
overall. The Cardinals' pitchers have allowed three runs or less in eight of
the first 11 games this year.
"That was very impressive. You didn't really catch any tendencies either.
(Wainwright) was mixing it up well," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny.
Hoping to continue that string on Sunday will be lefty Jaime Garcia, who is
1-0 with a 2.92 ERA on the year. Garcia did not get a decision on Monday
against Cincinnati, but pitched well, surrendering three runs and six hits in
6 2/3 innings. He also walked three batters and struck out 10 in the 13-4
Garcia has faced Milwaukee 10 times (9 starts) and is 4-3 with a 3.32 ERA.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, will counter with righty Marco Estrada, who will try to
build off his first win of the season. Estrada defeated the Chicago Cubs on
Monday, holding them to two runs and five hits in seven innings to run his
record to 1-0, while lowering his ERA to 4.50.
Estrada has never beaten the Cardinals, posting an 0-3 mark with a 4.66 ERA in
seven games (2 starts).
Yovani Gallardo (0-1) absorbed the loss on Saturday. He had given up one run
through the first five frames before being chased during the Cardinals' sixth-
"I was making pitches in certain situations and then have that sixth inning
where the only ball that was hit hard was the one by Holliday," Gallardo said.
Milwaukee, which hasn't been blanked in three straight games since May 3-6,
1972, has lost three in a row and is a mere 2-8 on the season.
"We need guys on base," said manager Ron Roenicke, whose team has one homer in
its last six games. "We're not putting any pressure on anybody."
St. Louis was 9-6 versus the Brewers last season.
04/14 10:27:46 ET