National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 26th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (39-35) at Miami Marlins (34-39), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Kyle Lohse (6-2, 2.85)
Miami - Carlos Zambrano (4-5, 4.01)
(Sports Network) - Scoring runs hasn't been a problem lately for the St. Louis
Cardinals as they target a season-high fifth straight win tonight in the
middle test of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins.
The Cardinals are averaging just over nine runs per game during their four-
game winning streak and posted an 8-7 win in 10 innings last night at Marlins
Park thanks to an RBI double by Rafael Furcal and a run-scoring single from
Joe Kelly. The added run helped since the Marlins plated a run in the bottom
of the 10th inning.
Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer in the ninth to tie the game, while Allen
Craig and Carlos Beltran had an RBI apiece. St. Louis rallied from a 6-1
deficit and Molina's homer highlighted a four-run ninth inning.
"Unbelievable," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of the win. "Yaddy
(Molina) again getting the big hit ... it was a great effort."
St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook allowed two runs on six hits over six innings
in the no-decision for the Cardinals, who improved to 5-2 on a nine-game road
trip and are tied with Pittsburgh at two games off the lead in the NL Central.
Victor Marte recorded the final two outs in the ninth to pick up the win.
Kyle Lohse will try to pitch St. Louis to a series win when he takes the mound
Tuesday and is 0-1 in his last two starts. He recorded a no-decision in
Thursday's 2-1 loss at Detroit and tossed seven innings of one-run ball before
the bullpen blew a chance for the win. Lohse is 6-2 with a 2.85 earned run
average in 15 starts.
Lohse is 4-1 in nine road starts this season and defeated the Marlins back on
April 4 this season. In a 4-1 triumph at Marlins Park, Lohse allowed just one
run through 7 1/3 frames. He is 3-2 with a 4.99 ERA in seven career starts in
Meanwhile, the Marlins have fallen on hard times with 16 losses in their last
19 games and they are last in the NL East.
The Marlins squandered a seemingly-comfortable five-run lead and wasted a
strong effort from starter Ricky Nolasco, who yielded just an unearned run and
four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Chad Gaudin was slapped with the loss for
surrendering the go-ahead runs in the 10th and Heath Bell did no better by
permitting four runs and three hits in the ninth.
"Plain and simple this loss is on me," Bell said. "I didn't have my stuff
Jose Reyes had two hits and two RBI and John Buck went 2-for-3 with an RBI and
three runs scored in defeat. Miami ended a six-game slide with Sunday's win
Miami is 1-3 on a nine-game homestand and hopes Carlos Zambrano can turn the
tables in the club's favor when he toes the rubber this evening. Zambrano is
winless (0-2) in his previous three starts and did not figure into the
decision of a 6-5 loss at Boston on Thursday, when he waked four batters and
gave up three runs over five innings.
Zambrano has given up 14 runs during his winless streak and owns a 4-5 ledger
in 14 starts to go along with a 4.01 ERA. The right-hander is only 1-3 in six
home starts, but has fared well in his career against St. Louis from his days
with the Chicago Cubs, going 12-6 with a 3.40 ERA in 31 games (28 starts).
The Cardinals and Marlins are meeting for the first time since a one-game set
on April 4 that opened up Miami's brand-new Marlins Park. St. Louis spoiled
the debut of the ballpark with a 4-1 win and has won seven in a row in this
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