National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 17th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (47-43) at Milwaukee Brewers (42-47), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Joe Kelly (1-1, 2.70)
Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (2-6, 5.80)
(Sports Network) - Veteran southpaw Randy Wolf tries again for his first win
since April tonight when the Milwaukee Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals in
the middle game of three at Miller Park.
The Brewers were three outs away from winning Monday's opener, but saw it slip
away when Allen Craig's go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning
capped the Cardinals' 3-2 win.
Matt Carpenter walked to lead off the ninth against John Axford (2-6). After
pinch-hitter Lance Berkman and Carlos Beltran flied out, Rafael Furcal reached
on an infield single.
Following Skip Schumaker's walk, Matt Holliday snuck a seeing-eye single
through the hole on the right side, plating Carpenter and Furcal to tie the
Craig then blooped a single into left to bring home Schumaker.
"A lot of smiles in the clubhouse right there, I love how they fight,"
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "They're not going to be able to keep
this offense down. It was one we certainly needed, we had a lot of great at-
bats in the ninth. It was just a great all-around team effort."
Jason Motte (4-3) registered the final two outs of the eighth and worked a
1-2-3 ninth for St. Louis, which snapped a three-game skid.
Holliday tallied two hits, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
Axford blew his sixth save of the year for the Brewers, who had won four of
their past six.
"I just let it go," Axford said. "I couldn't find anything, fastball, breaking
ball. I just felt awful."
Wolf, a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997, was 2-2 on the
season after an 8-3 win at San Diego on April 30, during which he threw five
innings and allowed three runs on nine hits.
He's winless in 11 starts and one relief assignment since, however, though his
earned run average has dropped slightly from 6.84 to 5.80.
Wolf has pitched six or more innings in eight starts since the last victory
and allowed three runs or less five times, but the Brewers have won just three
of those games and are 5-12 overall in games in which he's appeared.
He's 8-9 lifetime against the Cardinals, with the most recent matchup coming
April 8 in Milwaukee - when he was touched for nine hits and three runs in a
St. Louis goes with rookie righty Joe Kelly, who turned 9 years old in the
month Wolf was selected by the Phillies.
Kelly was drafted himself as a third-rounder in 2009 and progressed through
Single-A and Double-A from 2009-11 before beginning 2012 at Triple-A Memphis.
He was 2.5 with a 2.86 ERA in 12 starts there before heading to St. Louis and
debuting on June 10 with a no-decision against Cleveland.
The 24-year-old has allowed three runs or less in all six starts and pitched
six innings in four straight outings while allowing a combined 35 hits and 13
runs in 33 1/3 innings.
He's 1-0 in a pair of outings on the road.
St. Louis won two of three games from the Brewers in an April series in
Milwaukee, then won two of another three when the teams played at Busch
Stadium later in the month.
Milwaukee last won the season series in 2010, 8-7.
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