Preview: Cardinals at Brewers
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[August 29, 2017]
The Milwaukee Brewers have
regained their early-season form by winning nine of their last 13
contests to resume their charge toward first place in the National
League Central. The Brewers look to continue their surge on Tuesday
when they begin a six-game homestand with the opener an abbreviated
two-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Domingo Santana recorded his second multi-hit performance in four
outings in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the red-hot Los Angeles
Dodgers, but is just 10-for-49 with 18 strikeouts this season versus
St. Louis. While the Brewers are ascending, the Cardinals have flown
south of late with losses in nine of 13 outings to reside 4 1/2
games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs. Matt Carpenter belted a
solo homer in Sunday's 3-2 setback to Tampa Bay and looks to
continue his hot streak this season versus Milwaukee, against which
he is batting .326 with three homers, six RBIs and 10 runs scored.
St. Louis is just 28-34 away from Busch Stadium as it begins a
10-game road trip on Tuesday.
TV: 7:40 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Luke Weaver (2-1, 2.31 ERA) vs.
Brewers RH Matt Garza (6-7, 4.67)
Weaver was dominant in his first start in place of injured Adam
Wainwright on Wednesday, striking out a career high-tying 10 and
allowing just three hits over seven scoreless innings in a 6-2
victory over San Diego. "It helps when the command is there," the
24-year-old said. "I just told myself to trust my pitch. I got
through the first (inning) and slowed things down, pitched with a
little grit." Weaver's other big-league win this season came in
Miller Park, where he permitted two runs on five hits with eight
strikeouts over 6 1/3 frames in a 5-4 victory on Aug. 2.
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After being scorched for 20 runs in his previous
three outings, Garza settled for a no-decision on Wednesday despite
yielding just one run on five hits in as many innings against San
Francisco. "I was going into the game thinking: If Matt gives us 15
outs, we're in good shape," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said of
the 33-year-old. "One run in five innings. I'll take that every
single time. He did exactly what we asked him to do." Garza has
received better results in a pair of outings versus St. Louis this
season, posting a 2-0 mark with a 4.22 ERA.
1. St. Louis 2B Kolten Wong carries a 10-game hitting streak into
Tuesday's tilt with Milwaukee, against which he is batting a robust
.435 with 11 RBIs this season.
2. Brewers OF Ryan Braun is 0-for-13 with three strikeouts in his
last four contests.
3. Cardinals C Yadier Molina has 14 hits with seven runs scored in
his last 10 games.
PREDICTION: Brewers 4, Cardinals 1
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