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Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 37,823
Cardinals look to maintain hold on Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
- While Milwaukee won five of the first six games of this series in 2019, St. Louis has since won four in a row. The Brewers have hit 2.5 home runs per game against the Cardinals this season -- the only team to average more against any opponent (min. 10 games played) is the Yankees (3.2 versus Orioles).
- The Brewers have allowed 30 runs on 37 hits over their last two games. The last team in MLB to allow these totals over any two-game span was the Mariners in 2015. The Brewers' last time allowing these totals over a two-game span came in 2007.
- The Cardinals split a four-game series with the Reds, scoring 18 combined runs in the two wins and one run in each of the two losses. The Cards average 2.35 runs in losses this season, 29th in MLB.
- In his last two games, Mike Moustakas has six hits, three home runs and eight RBI. The only others to meet these marks in any two-game span in 2019 are Gio Urshela, Nelson Cruz and Brandon Crawford.
- Paul Goldschmidt homered twice and drove in five runs in the last series. He now has 12 home runs and 31 RBI since the All-Star break (t-4th and t-3rd in the NL, respectively) after totaling 16 home runs and 38 RBI prior to the break (t-33rd and t-63rd in the NL, respectively).
- Lane Thomas started for the fourth time on Sunday and delivered two more hits -- he's had multi-hit games in three of his four starts (Cardinals are 4-0 when he starts). He's 5-for-19 (.263) in his career with nobody on, but 6-for-11 (.545) with runners on and 5-for-8 (.625) with RISP.
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- Padres fire manager Green amid late skid
- Stanton homers, Paxton wins 10th in row
- Surging Brewers roll, lead 2nd WC by 3
- Miley hit hard as Astros fail to clinch
The St. Louis Cardinals will try to maintain their upper hand on the visiting Milwaukee Brewers as their three-game series continues Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals won their fifth consecutive game against the Brewers on Monday night to remain atop the National League Central. They moved a half-game ahead of the idle Chicago Cubs and three games up on Milwaukee.
Dakota Hudson, Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller combined on a one-hitter in St. Louis' 3-0 victory. The Cardinals worked around reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, walking him three times.
Yelich is batting .375 (12-for-32) with eight homers and 19 RBIs against St. Louis this season.
Yasmani Grandal got the only Brewers hit Monday night, a double with two outs in the eighth inning. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .325 (13-for-40) during that span.
Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (6-6, 5.44 ERA) has fared well against the Brewers. He is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against them this season and 6-0 with a 3.84 ERA in 13 career appearances against them.
Wacha won his last start against the Brewers back on April 17. He allowed two runs in six innings in a 6-3 Cardinals victory.
He has struggled lately, but he allowed just two runs in five innings at Cincinnati on Thursday in his latest start.
"I felt like I was attacking them well, getting ahead and then making pitches down in the zone and working off-speed off of that," Wacha told reporters. "Overall I felt good."
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter reached base twice Monday with a single and a walk after suffering through a 1-for-13 series in Cincinnati. He is batting just .215, which raises questions about his everyday role during the stretch run.
"Your question is, 'How soon are you going to cast him aside?' essentially on some level, and I understand it," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "It's about production. But even when he's not at that elite performance level, just historically his performance level is so dramatically strong.
"He's starting to set career records for this organization. That can't be ignored. But we have guys playing well and production is important, and we're not going to turn a blind eye to that either."
After going 1-for-12 against the Reds, Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong hit his 22nd homer of the season Monday night.
Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.81 ERA) will face the Cardinals for the first time this season on Tuesday. In 10 career starts against them, he is 3-4 with a 3.21 ERA.
Gonzalez didn't get out of the fourth inning in his last start, a 6-5 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday. He allowed all five Twins runs on five hits -- including three solo homers -- in 3 2/3 innings.
"His command wasn't what we've seen from him," Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters. "He was fighting back in counts a lot. He didn't get count advantage very often."
Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has been sidelined with a sore oblique muscle, but he is eager to return to the starting lineup. He pinch-hit Monday night and struck out.
"Thumb's great, knee's great, oblique's great," he told reporters before the game. "And I've got three kids, and they're great."
--Field Level Media
Updated August 20, 2019