National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 14th
(All times eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (58-57) at St. Louis Cardinals (62-53), 8:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Ian Kennedy (10-9, 4.34)
St. Louis - Joe Kelly (2-5, 3.47)
(Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy tries to get back on track when he leads the
Arizona Diamondbacks into St. Louis tonight for the opener of a three-game
series with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Kennedy was riding a personal four-game winning streak until he faced
Pittsburgh at PNC Park last Wednesday in a 7-6 loss. He was reached for six
runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in four innings to fall to 10-9 in 23
starts this season with a 4.34 earned run average.
The right-hander was pounded by the Cardinals in a 6-1 setback on May 8 in the
desert and yielded six runs and six hits in seven innings. Kennedy is 1-2 with
a 10.13 ERA in three career starts against St. Louis.
Arizona salvaged the finale of a three-game series versus Washington with
Sunday's 7-4 triumph behind a strong outing from starter Patrick Corbin.
Corbin allowed two runs, struck out seven and did not walk a batter in seven
innings of work. J.J. Putz got the final two outs of the game for his 22nd
"I felt really good today coming in. I was able to keep the ball down, get
ahead and throw my breaking ball and changeup when I wanted to," said Corbin.
"I was able to get some easy outs that way."
Paul Goldschmidt knocked in three runs for the Diamondbacks, who had lost six
of their previous eight games coming into Sunday.
The D-backs also will visit Houston for three games on this road trip and sit
4 1/2 games off the NL West lead.
St. Louis dropped two of three matchups in Philadelphia over the weekend and
will begin a nine-game homestand Tuesday versus Arizona, Pittsburgh and
In Sunday's 8-7 loss in 11 innings, Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre legged out
an infield single to score Jimmy Rollins with the game-winning run. Cardinals
shortstop Rafael Furcal slipped before making a strong throw to first, but
Pierre was able to beat the throw.
"I tried to come with a sinker inside and get it in on him," Cardinals
reliever Barret Browning said. "He kind of fisted it to shortstop. He's got
good speed and hit it in a place that was difficult to handle."
Lance Lynn started the game for the defending World Series champions and
yielded four runs in five innings. Matt Carpenter went 4-for-6 with three RBI
and Jon Jay recorded three hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in for
St. Louis, which had won eight of 12 games.
Joe Kelly draws the start for the Cards tonight and he is 2-5 with a 3.47
earned run average in 11 starts. The rookie battled through a rough outing on
Wednesday in a 15-0 loss to San Francisco and was tagged for seven runs --
four earned -- and nine hits in five innings. Kelly is 1-3 in seven starts at
Busch Stadium and has never faced Arizona.
St. Louis swept a three-game series from the Diamondbacks back in early May at
Chase Field and is unbeaten in the past five meetings between the teams.
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