Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 17th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (28-35) at St. Louis Cardinals (34-32), 2:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Luis Mendoza (2-3, 4.89)
St. Louis - Adam Wainwright (5-7, 4.75)
(Sports Network) - Matt Holliday was mired in an 0-for-12 slump going into
Saturday's contest, but he ended that tough stretch in dominating fashion. The
St. Louis slugger had four hits and five RBI in a crazy 10-7 Cardinals win
over the Royals, with today's rubber match of the weekend series looming.
Holliday's efforts put the Cardinals in position to not only win the series,
but also close out a nine-game homestand on a positive note despite a 4-4
Adam Wainwright, who threw seven strong innings in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox
on Tuesday, takes the ball for the Cardinals. The righty has allowed just one
home run over his last eight starts and is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in six games (3
starts) when facing the Royals.
Luis Mendoza will face St. Louis for the first time in the series finale. This
will be the righty's 12th appearance and seventh start of 2012. The 28-year
old native of Mexico allowed just one hit over six-plus innings in a no-
decision against the Brewers on Tuesday. Mendoza had a no-hitter until Ryan
Braun legged out an infield hit to start the seventh.
Yadier Molina added a two-run homer and drove in four yesterday for the
Cardinals, who have won three of four. They blew a 6-1 lead before rallying.
After St. Louis had a triple play overturned in the first inning, it scored
six consecutive runs to take a five-run lead after two innings. However,
Kansas City scored the game's next six runs to grab the lead in the top of the
Following the Royals' three-run seventh, St. Louis scored three runs in the
home half, aided by Holliday's game-tying single and Molina's eventual game-
winning two-run single with two outs in the inning.
The rally made a winner of Mitchell Boggs (1-1), who threw 1 1/3 innings of
scoreless relief, and a loser of Tim Collins (4-1).
"In those middle innings we had a tough time scoring, but we scored early and
scored late," Holliday said.
Mike Moustakas homered, had three hits and tied a career-high with four RBI
for the Royals, who had won their previous four games.
"I was really proud of our offense today the way they just stayed after it,"
Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "Battled back, got the lead and then
from the seventh inning on, we really struggled to command the ball."
St. Louis won four of six from the Royals last season.
06/17 10:33:58 ET