National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, June 15th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (43-24) at Miami Marlins (20-46), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (8-1, 3.00)
Miami - Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.91)
(Sports Network) - Two of Miami's young stars helped the Marlins to a win over
the team with the best record in baseball. Tom Koehler hopes for similar
support on Saturday afternoon when he takes aim at his first career victory in
the second contest of a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Led by starter Jose Fernandez and slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins
handed the Cardinals a 5-4 defeat in Friday's opener. Fernandez stuck out a
career-high 10 batters over seven innings, yielding three runs -- two earned
-- on six hits with two walks.
Fernandez's 107 pitchers were the most he has thrown in a major league game
and he became the first player under the age of 21 to reach double-digits in
strikeouts in a game since Felix Hernandez in 2007.
The righty also drove in a run to tie the game at 2-2 in the second inning.
"My location was off in the first inning," Fernandez said. "Their lineup is
pretty tough. I got lucky with that base hit, just trying to hit something out
Stanton, meanwhile, had three hits and his two-run double in the fifth inning
stretched Miami's lead at the time to three runs. Greg Dobbs had put his club
ahead by a run an inning earlier with a double that chased home Adeiny
Hechavarria and the Marlins held on for their fourth victory in six games.
Miami also beat St. Louis for only the third time in the last 13 meetings,
going 2-7 at home over that time.
St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook returned to the Cardinals' rotation after
spending a month on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation and took
the loss. He allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over five
"I threw some good pitches and got some ground balls out there tonight," said
Westbrook. "If I keep putting balls on the ground I'll be doing good more
often than not and just let my guys play defense."
Allen Craig, Jon Jay, Yadier Molina and David Freese drove in one run each for
the Cardinals, who had won five of seven coming in and still own the best
record in baseball at 43-24.
Koehler will try to deal the Cards another loss, with the right-hander looking
to secure the first MLB victory of his resume.
Koehler is 0-4 with a 4.14 earned run average in six starts this season while
posting a 3.91 ERA in 12 total appearances in 2013. He is coming off a no-
decision at the New York Mets on Sunday, giving up four runs over seven
innings of his club's 8-4 victory in extra innings.
The 26-year-old is 0-5 with a 4.23 ERA in 20 career games and will face the
Cardinals for the first time.
Lance Lynn takes another shot at his ninth victory of the season as he goes
today for the Cardinals.
Lynn has won his last three decisions since picking up his most recent loss on
May 7, but did not factor into an 11-4 extra-inning victory at Cincinnati on
Sunday. The right-hander was charged with four runs on five hits and three
walks over six innings after having allowed just three runs total over his
previous three outings.
Lynn is 8-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 13 outings this season and will make his first
ever start against the Marlins. The 26-year-old has faced them twice before in
relief, picking up a save.
06/15 10:27:55 ET
Powered by The Sports Network.