National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 5th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (19-11) at Milwaukee Brewers (14-15), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Jaime Garcia (3-1, 2.50)
Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (2-1, 4.58)
(Sports Network) - Jaime Garcia tries to win his third consecutive start when
the St. Louis Cardinals attempt to complete their first four-game sweep of the
Garcia has given up a run in each of his last two outings, victories against
Cincinnati and Washington. The lefty pitched seven shutout innings April 14 at
Busch Stadium against the Brewers and Marco Estrada, today's mound opponent.
Garcia didn't get a decision in that game, won 4-3 in 10 innings by the
Garcia is 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) all-time against
Estrada, who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates Tuesday, is 0-3
with a 4.62 ERA in eight games (3 starts) when facing the Cardinals. The
righty allowed seven hits and three runs in six frames in the April 14
Yesterday, Jon Jay hit the go-ahead single in the top of the ninth inning and
had a three-run homer earlier in St. Louis' 7-6 victory.
Jay drove in Shane Robinson with the eventual game-winning run, with Robinson
leading off the ninth with a single and advancing to second on an error from
Carlos Gomez, then adding to the cause by swiping third base to help Jay
easily drive him in.
"When we go out there and we battle, we've got a pretty good offense," Jay
said. "We've been winning games. We all believe in ourselves and we just have
to have that mind-set every day."
Allen Craig had two hits -- including a solo homer -- and scored twice, while
Daniel Descalso had a two-run shot for the Cardinals, who have won five
"We saw a little bit of their relentless approach that helps guys to know that
if they stay with it, they can come back," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny
Seth Maness (1-0) picked up the win after forcing an inning-ending double play
to end the eighth.
"I had two pitchers who were down today so I had to make every pitcher count,"
added Matheny. "Maness kept the ball down and got a big double play in the
The Cardinals won two of three games against Milwaukee in an April series in
St. Louis and took nine of 15 games in 2012. Milwaukee last won a series, 8-7,
05/05 10:28:25 ET