National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 22nd
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (29-16) at San Diego Padres (21-24), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00)
San Diego - Burch Smith (0-0, 15.63)
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals look to become the first 30-win
team in the majors when they shoot for a fourth straight series triumph
Wednesday in the finale of a three-game set against the San Diego Padres.
The Texas Rangers also have 29 victories on the season and will play Oakland
St. Louis rebounded from Monday's loss to hand the Padres a 10-2 beating last
night, as starting pitcher Adam Wainwright bounced back from a rough outing to
throw 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball. He also fanned six batters and walked one
to push his mark to 6-3.
"I think for the most part, I accomplished what I set out to do," said
Wainwright. "Directionally, my last start out was very bad, I got back on
Daniel Descalso went 3-for-3 and broke the contest open with an eighth-inning
grand slam and finished with five RBI. Carlos Beltran drove in a pair of runs
while Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each added two hits and an RBI for St.
Louis, which has alternated victories and losses in its last seven contests.
The NL Central-leading Cardinals are 1 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati in the
division and will also visit Los Angeles and Kansas City on this road trip.
Taking the mound for the first time in the big leagues will be Cardinals
youngster Tyler Lyons. The left-hander is taking the spot of Jaime Garcia in
the rotation and was a ninth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State in 2009.
Lyons will become the sixth rookie to pitch for the Cardinals this season and
was 2-1 with a 4.47 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Memphis.
"I've done some things well," Lyons said on the club's website. "I've had a
couple of innings that have gotten me in trouble, but overall I feel like I
have thrown the ball well. And over the course of the last month and a half, I
felt like I have improved on some things and gotten comfortable out there."
San Diego had its three-game winning streak cut short with last night's
lopsided loss and fell to 3-3 on a seven-game homestand.
Padres starter Edinson Volquez was knocked around over six innings, tagged for
five runs on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Anthony Bass did no
better in relief and was reached for four runs over two innings.
"They strung some hits together in the fourth," said Padres manager Bud Black.
"Beltran got a hold of his fast ball, he ran a little too much over the
Jedd Gyorko scored once and had three of the Padres' seven hits in defeat.
The Padres, who will depart Petco Park tonight for five games at Arizona and
Seattle, are slated to send rookie Burch Smith to the mound Wednesday. Smith
is 0-0 with a 15.63 ERA in two starts and has allowed 11 runs in his
appearances. The right-hander gave up six runs in an inning of work May 11 at
Tampa Bay, then was reached for five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-5 loss to
Washington on Friday.
"I felt like I made an improvement and I was able to mix up some pitches,"
Smith said afterward. "It's all a learning process."
This marks the first series between St. Louis and San Diego this season. The
teams split six meetings a year ago.
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