Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 24th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (37-35) at Kansas City Royals (31-38), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (10-3, 2.80)
Kansas City - Jonathan Sanchez (1-3, 5.70)
(Sports Network) - Jonathan Sanchez has never lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Another win against them would be huge today, considering the Kansas City
Royals hope to avoid a three-game sweep this weekend in the I-70 Series.
Sanchez brings in a 3-0 mark and a 2.78 ERA in six games (5 starts) all-time
against St. Louis. Those appearances came when the lefty was a member of the
Giants. Sanchez, though, hasn't won a game since his first start of this
season, April 8 against the Angels. Since then, he's gone seven straight
outings without a positive decision. Most recently, Sanchez pitched six frames
in a loss at Houston on Monday.
Lance Lynn counters for the Cardinals. The righty gave up five runs in a loss
at Detroit Tuesday, but Lynn has 27 strikeouts against just five walks over
his last three starts. He is 6-2 with a 2.93 ERA in nine road starts this
year. This will also be his first career appearance against the Royals.
Allen Craig hit a homer and knocked in three runs, Adam Wainwright tossed
seven solid innings in St. Louis's 8-2 win yesterday.
Matt Holliday went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Cardinals,
who won 11-4 in the opener of this set on Friday. Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran and
Rafael Furcal had an RBI apiece.
Wainwright (6-7) gave up two runs on six hits to pick up the win. He struck
out four and walked one.
"That's the key thing of pitching with the lineup like we have is just making
sure you go deep into the game," Wainwright said. "Give your offense a chance
to score a bunch of runs. I feel like our team is very talented."
Alex Gordon and Yuniesky Betancourt both knocked in a run for the Royals, who
have lost two in a row after winning their previous two games.
Luis Mendoza (2-4) allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. He has
not won since May 13.
Alcides Escobar has been heating up at the plate for the Royals. The shortstop
is hitting .367 over his last 13 games including seven multi-hit games during
"We're still not swinging the bats the way that we can right now," Royals
manager Ned Yost said. "We look for that to pick up. It kind of goes in
Beltran is just six hits away from 2,000 career hits and one RBI shy of 1,200.
Yesterday, he extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest by a St.
Louis player this season.
The Cardinals have won 15 of the last 22 encounters in the I-70 Series.
06/24 10:37:29 ET