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Cardinals-Brewers Preview

Apr 11, 2010 - 1:17 AM By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer

St. Louis (3-1) at Milwaukee (2-2), 8:05 p.m. EDT

The St. Louis Cardinals are again off to a strong start. Based on Chris Carpenter's recent outings at Miller Park, that could continue through Sunday night.

Carpenter will try to add to his 17-inning scoreless streak in Milwaukee and help the Cardinals to their seventh consecutive road win over the Brewers.

St. Louis opened last season by winning eight of its first 11 en route to a Central Division title. In 2008, the Cardinals got off to an 11-4 start before eventually finishing fourth.

A 7-1 victory the Brewers on Saturday was the Cardinals' fourth in five games to open 2010.

St. Louis, batting only .238 this season, had eight hits in the win but benefited from a pair of timely ones - Yadier Molina's three-run homer in the second inning and Albert Pujols' two-run single in the fifth.

The Cardinals took Friday's series opener 5-4 thanks to two-out, two-run homers from Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Nick Stavinoha, who drove in the go-ahead runs in the ninth inning.

Those victories have paved the way for Carpenter (1-0, 3.00 ERA) to try to help the Cardinals complete consecutive three-game sweeps at Miller Park.

"It's very important to win the series and tomorrow we have a chance to sweep them," Molina said. "We have Carp on the mound and everybody knows Carp, he's a great pitcher."

Carpenter opened this season by allowing two runs and five hits over six innings in Monday's 11-6 win in Cincinnati. In his previous start in Milwaukee on Sept. 7, he recorded his only shutout of last season - a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 3-0 victory.

The right-hander was 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA last year, and finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting to San Francisco's Tim Lincecum.

Carpenter, who also beat the Brewers in St. Louis on Sept. 2, did not get a decision in Milwaukee on May 25 despite allowing two hits over eight innings. Instead, a two-out single from Bill Hall in the 10th gave the Brewers a 1-0 victory.

Since then, Milwaukee (2-3) has dropped nine of 10 at home to the Cardinals. The Brewers have been outscored 12-5 in the first two games of this series and have batted .177.

Milwaukee, also hitting .238 overall, will likely need to give left-hander Randy Wolf (1-0, 5.40) a little more support. The Brewers had four hits Saturday including two from Corey Hart in his second start this season.

"That was very encouraging," manager Ken Macha told the team's Web site. "I was looking at how the thing go the next three or four games, and he's got a chance he's going to be in there (Sunday)."

Wolf, 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA in his last three starts versus the Cardinals, allowed two runs over six innings in his only outing against them last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers but was outdueled by Carpenter in a 6-1 defeat on July 27.

Wolf, who hasn't earned a win over St. Louis since May 16, 2007, got five runs of support in his Brewers debut - Tuesday's 7-5 win over visiting Colorado. He allowed four runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings, but also struck out eight and walked none.






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  • Brewers 8, Cardinals 7 - FINAL
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    F Lopez 2b 5 2 2 0 0 0 2 .188
    R Ludwick rf 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .143
    B Hawksworth p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
    va-N Stavinoha ph-c 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
    A Pujols 1b 5 2 3 4 0 0 1 .375
    M Holliday lf 5 1 1 1 0 1 3 .423
    Y Mol

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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CASEY MCGEHEE (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    9TH OFF KYLE MCCLELLAN.
    FINAL SCORE: MILWAUKEE 8, ST LOUIS 7

    Cardinals 7, Brewers 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 11 11:16 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MATT HOLLIDAY (3) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF TREVOR HOFFMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 7, MILWAUKEE 7
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A CRAIG (.200, 1-FOR-1)

    Cardinals 7, Brewers 7  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 11 11:07 PM
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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALBERT PUJOLS (4) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF TREVOR HOFFMAN SCORED FELIPE LOPEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 6, MILWAUKEE 7
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: M HOLLIDAY (.400, 0-FOR-4)

    Cardinals 6, Brewers 7  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 11 11:05 PM
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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALBERT PUJOLS (3) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF RANDY WOLF SCORED FELIPE LOPEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4, MILWAUKEE 7
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: M HOLLIDAY (.417, 0-FOR-3)

    Cardinals 4, Brewers 7  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 11 10:11 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY GEORGE KOTTARAS SCORED PRINCE FIELDER
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G KOTTARAS ON FIRST, C MCGEHEE ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2
    MILWAUKEE 7 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: A ESCOBAR (.211, 0-FOR-2)

    Cardinals 2, Brewers 7  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 11 9:46 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN BRAUN (1) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF CHRIS CARPENTER SCORED RICKIE WEEKS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2, MILWAUKEE 6
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: P FIELDER (.250, 0-FOR-2)

    Cardinals 2, Brewers 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 11 9:38 PM
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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY CHRIS CARPENTER SCORED DAVID FREESE
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B RYAN ON SECOND, J MATHER ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2
    MILWAUKEE 4 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: F LOPEZ (.154, 1-FOR-2)

    Cardinals 2, Brewers 4  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 11 9:16 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO BRENDAN RYAN SCORED YADIER MOLINA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B RYAN ON FIRST, J MATHER ON SECOND, D
    FREESE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    MILWAUKEE 4 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C CARPENTER (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals 1, Brewers 4  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 11 9:15 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY DAVID FREESE ALLOWED RICKIE WEEKS TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C MCGEHEE ON FIRST, R BRAUN ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    MILWAUKEE 4 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: C HART (.375, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Cardinals 0, Brewers 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 11 9:03 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY DAVID FREESE ALLOWED RANDY WOLF TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BRAUN ON FIRST, R WEEKS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    MILWAUKEE 3 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: P FIELDER (.263, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals 0, Brewers 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 11 9:00 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY COREY HART (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF CHRIS CARPENTER.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0, MILWAUKEE 2
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: G KOTTARAS (.000, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Cardinals 0, Brewers 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 11 8:38 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RICKIE WEEKS (2) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF CHRIS CARPENTER.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0, MILWAUKEE 1
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J EDMONDS (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Cardinals 0, Brewers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 11 8:21 PM
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