National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 3rd
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (1-1) at Arizona Diamondbacks (1-1), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (0-0, 0.00)
Arizona - Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - With a scary head injury seven months in the rearview
mirror, starter Brandon McCarthy will make his Arizona Diamondbacks debut on
Wednesday night in the rubber match of a three-game series against the St.
McCarthy will also be making his National League debut after spending his
first seven seasons in the American League, including stints with the Chicago
White Sox, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. He spent the last two years
with the A's, but saw his 2012 campaign end after being struck on the right
side of the head on Sept. 5 versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The right-hander suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and a skull
fracture, ending his season after 18 starts with an 8-6 record and 3.24 earned
run average. McCarthy underwent surgery that night and was discharged six days
The 29-year-old, who had also battled a shoulder injury last season, signed a
two-year deal with the Diamondbacks this offseason and will face the Cardinals
for the first time in his career.
Opposing McCarhty will be right-hander Lance Lynn, who won 18 games for the
Cardinals a season ago but struggled following the All-Star break.
Lynn went 11-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 17 outings in the first half, but his ERA
rose to 4.32 over 18 second-half appearances, including 12 starts. He still
went 7-3 in that span, though he was taken out of the rotation for two weeks
from late August until early September.
St. Louis is hoping that last year's experience will help Lynn stay strong all
season and he gets his 2013 campaign started with his fourth career appearance
versus the Diamondbacks. Only one of those previous meetings was a start and
Lynn picked up a victory in that outing on May 7 in Arizona with five
scoreless innings. The 25-year-old allowed three hits and four walks while
striking out seven and the outing was the final one of a season-opening six-
start winning streak.
Lynn will hope to get another winning streak started and pitch the Cardinals
to a second victory in a row after they took Tuesday's meeting with the
St. Louis got three home runs in the victory, including Matt Holliday's go-
ahead two-run shot in the sixth inning after he drove a low pitch from Arizona
starter Trevor Cahill over the fence.
"He went down and golfed that ball out of the air," Cards manager Mike Matheny
said. "Typically you're not going to get hurt when you're down in the zone
like that, but Matt's got some exceptional ability."
Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia pitched 5 2/3 innings to get the victory,
allowing just one run on two hits. However, he also walked four batters,
including three straight with two outs in the sixth inning to load the bases.
Matheny then opted to go with reliever Edward Mujica, who struck out a pinch-
hitting Jason Kubel to end the frame.
but also walked four batters and needed 97 pitches.
Miguel Montero hit a second-inning solo homer for the Diamondbacks, who had
only three hits one day after logging 15 in a 6-2 series-opening win.
Cahill fanned seven and gave up three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings to
take the loss, while reliever Heath Bell gave up a two-run homer to Jon Jay
and a solo shot to Pete Kozma in the seventh inning of his Arizona debut.
"He didn't execute his pitches very well tonight," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson
said of Bell.
The D-backs dropped five of six games to the Cardinals last season.
04/03 10:35:44 ET