National League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, June 16th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (44-24) at Miami Marlins (20-47), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Tyler Lyons (2-2, 3.51)
Miami - Ricky Nolasco (3-7, 3.80)
(Sports Network) - Even at the age of 36, Carlos Beltran isn't showing signs
of slowing down.
Beltran will try to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a series victory on Sunday
afternoon in the finale of a three-game series with the Miami Marlins.
The outfielder recorded the 35th multi-homer game of his career in Saturday's
13-7 victory over the Marlins, hitting a pair of solo home runs to go along
with a triple and three runs scored. Beltran is among the NL leaders with 16
homers this season and is hitting .369 over a 14-game hitting streak with six
home runs and 15 RBI.
Beltran's second homer on Saturday was the 350th of his career.
"I felt great," Beltran said. "Got to thank God for that. I've been healthy
and been working hard. Good things are happening for me and for the team and
just happy where we are at right now."
David Freese added three hits and a home run and Lance Lynn helped his own
cause at the plate by driving in two runs.
It was a struggle for the righty on the mound though, despite him picking up
his ninth win of the season. Lynn allowed a career-high seven runs over five
innings, but the Cardinals still moved to 5-3 on a nine-game road trip.
The Cards have beaten the Marlins in 11 of the last 14 meetings, going 8-2 in
Miami over that time.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler failed in an attempt to secure his first major
league victory. He was tagged for five runs in the first frame and nine total
over a 4 2/3-inning effort.
"It was a battle for me today," Koehler said. "The team did a great job of
finding the bat today. It's unfortunate that I wasn't able to keep them down
when we got back into the game."
The 13 runs and 17 hits allowed by Miami were both season highs.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and Rob Brantly added two hits and three
RBI for Miami, which took the opener, 5-4, on Friday.
Tyler Lyons will try to tighten his grasp on a rotation spot for the Cardinals
The Cards needed to make a roster move when they activated starter Jake
Westbrook for Friday's opener and it was Michael Wacha, and not fellow rookie
Lyons, who was sent down to Triple-A to make room for the veteran. That
despite Lyons having lost two straight starts after beginning his major league
career with a pair of one-run, seven-inning victories at San Diego and Kansas
Lyons may have been helped by the fact he is the lone southpaw in St. Louis'
"It's nice to have that left-hander in our starting rotation, and it's been
nice to watch Tyler do his thing," Cards manager Mike Matheny told his club's
website. "He's been very efficient and given us a chance every time he's been
out there. Michael did a great job, too, but right now it's a better fit for
Tyler to be in there."
The 25-year-old Lyons will face the Marlins for the first time after suffering
his most recent setback on June 8 in Cincinnati. He gave up four runs on six
hits, two homers and a walk over 5 1/3 innings of a 4-2 decision. That pushed
his earned run average up to 3.51 on the season.
Taking the hill for the Marlins is Ricky Nolasco, who has lost two straight
and five of his past six decisions.
Nolasco has been a victim of bad luck on a few occasions this year, but
struggled on the mound his last time out on Monday versus Milwaukee. The
right-hander yielded four runs and a season-high 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings of
work, falling to 3-7 through 14 starts this season with a 3.80 ERA.
"We got down early," said Miami manager Mike Redmond. "Ricky came out and just
looked like he just was a little uncomfortable and just a little bit out of
the strike zone."
Nolasco, 30, is just 1-4 with a 4.59 ERA in nine career meetings with the
Cardinals, all but one of those starts, but did defeat them in the last
encounter. He picked up the victory on July 6 of last year in St. Louis by
holding the Cards to one unearned run over six innings of work.
06/16 10:27:39 ET
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