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Cardinals' RHP Wells faces former club, looks to end slump

May 23, 2007 - 3:04 PM Pittsburgh (19-25) at St Louis (17-25) 8:10 pm EDT

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Kip Wells will see if facing his former team can improve his chances for a win.

The struggling Wells takes on his former team as the St. Louis Cardinals meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle game of a three-game series on Wednesday.

Despite signing in the offseason with the defending champion, Wells (1-8, 6.75 ERA) has had next nothing go right for him in his brief tenure with the Cardinals.

A 12-game winner with the Pirates in 2002, Wells has dropped his last seven outings, giving up at least four earned runs in each of his last six starts. The righthander surrendered five runs and six hits in five innings of a 5-4 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday.

A first-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1998, Wells has had his problems with losing streaks in the past, finishing first in the National League in losses with an 8-18 mark as a member of the Pirates in 2005. He lost six straight decisions that season.

Wells has faced Pittsburgh once before, yielding an unearned run and four hits in 8 1/3 innings for a win as a member of the White Sox.

In Monday's series opener, Chris Duncan drove in three runs and starter Adam Wainwright helped his own cause with two RBI as the Cardinals posted a 9-4 triumph.

Ian Snell (4-2, 2.76) takes the ball for Pittsburgh. Snell gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of an 11-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. This season, the righthander is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts vs. the Cardinals.

Snell, however, might run into a little trouble as St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols is hitting .545 (6-for-11) with four homers.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 7 0
    ST LOUIS 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 x 5 9 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - IAN SNELL, DAMASO MARTE (7TH), JONAH BAYLISS (7TH), MATT CAPPS
    (8TH) AND RYAN DOUMIT
    STL - KIP WELLS, RANDY FLORES (8TH), JASON ISRINGHAUSEN
    (8TH) AND GARY B

    May 23 10:55 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SCOTT SPIEZIO SCORED JUAN ENCARNACION.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S SPIEZIO ON FIRST, J EDMONDS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    ST LOUIS 5 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A KENNEDY (.233, 0-FOR-3)

    Pirates vs. CardinalsMay 23 10:47 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADAM LAROCHE SCORED CHRIS DUFFY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A LAROCHE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    ST LOUIS 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.283, 1-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Pirates vs. CardinalsMay 23 10:26 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JASON BAY SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A LAROCHE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    ST LOUIS 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R DOUMIT (.349, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. CardinalsMay 23 9:51 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY ADAM LAROCHE SCORED JOSE BAUTISTA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A LAROCHE ON FIRST, F SANCHEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.283, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. CardinalsMay 23 9:45 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CHRIS DUNCAN (9) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF IAN SNELL SCORED KIP WELLS.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0, ST LOUIS 4
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.273, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. CardinalsMay 23 9:29 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JIM EDMONDS (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF IAN SNELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0, ST LOUIS 2
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: G BENNETT (.250, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Pirates vs. CardinalsMay 23 8:36 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID ECKSTEIN (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF IAN SNELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C DUNCAN (.296, 8 HR, 18 RBI)

    Pirates vs. CardinalsMay 23 8:19 PM