National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 13
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (52-43) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-43), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Carlos Martinez (2-3, 4.12)
Milwaukee - Wily Peralta (9-6, 3.95)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals have not been alone in first
place the entire season. They will have an opportunity to head into the All-
Star break atop the NL Central by completing a three-game sweep of the
Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park.
St. Louis was 6 1/2 games out of first place at the start of this month, but a
combination of clutch victories and Milwaukee's slump has given the Cardinals
a tie for the division lead.
The Cardinals have won five of their last six games, while the Brewers are on
a seven-game skid. They haven't lost more games in a row since a nine-game
slide from May 10-19, 2010.
Carlos Martinez takes the mound today for the Cardinals, who are 5-0 in his
five starts this season. He has seven career relief appearances versus
Milwaukee, including two this year. He has yet to give up a run against the
Brewers over 9 2/3 innings.
Today will mark Martinez's 36th appearance of 2014, but just his sixth start.
On Tuesday, he lasted six innings and surrendered eight hits and four runs in
a no-decision versus the Pirates, a game the Cardinals won 5-4 on a Kolten
Wong walk-off homer.
Wily Peralta counters for the Brewers. He last started on Tuesday versus the
Phillies and suffered the loss after being shelled for eight hits and a
career-high nine runs over 4 1/3 innings. That broke the right-hander's
career-high five decision winning streak.
Peralta is 2-3 with a 6.26 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.
Peralta earned a 5-1 win in his only start versus St. Louis this season on
April 16 at Miller Park.
Yesterday, Adam Wainwright won his 12th game of the season as the Cardinals
pounded the reeling Brewers, 10-2. Wainwright (12-4) surrendered two runs on
five hits and struck out five over seven innings for the Cardinals, who have
won eight of their last 11 games.
"I did an interview a week ago talking about was it time to start looking at
why the season was such a disappointment? My quote was, in a week from now we
could be doing a completely different kind of interview," Wainwright said of
the Cardinals being tied for first in the division.
Tony Cruz had two hits and three RBI, Jhonny Peralta posted two hits, two RBI
and scored a pair of runs, Matt Carpenter recorded two hits, an RBI and scored
two runs and Kolten Wong smacked a two-run homer in the triumph.
Jimmy Nelson (1-1) allowed eight runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and two
walks over 4 1/3 frames for Milwaukee, which has dropped 11 of its past 12
"I just wasn't finishing my pitches very well ... I just made too many
mistakes," Nelson said.
St. Louis won 14 of 19 versus the Brewers last season, winning eight of 10 in
Milwaukee. The Cardinals hold an 8-6 edge this year.
07/13 10:31:53 ET