Adam Wainwright has the start against the Braves in their final game today. Series is tied between the two teams.
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Game One between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves was all Jaime Garcia in his 1-0 shutout over the Braves. Not only did Garcia give a stellar performance in his eight innings with 11 strikeouts, he knocked out the RBI single which won the game.
Game Two, could not have been more the opposite. Starter Carlos Martinez was far removed from his past performances at home in Busch Stadium.
In Martinez' time on the hill, only five innings, he gave up seven runs, six earned, walked two and had five strikeouts for a 10.80 ERA. No, not the Carlos Martinez we are accustom to seeing. Relievers Seth Maness (2 IP) and Zach Duke (1 IP) both held the Braves through the next three innings giving the Cardinals a chance to break into the Braves lead reducing it to only two runs. Jonathan Broxton was called for the ninth, 7-5, Braves lead. He proceeds to give up another five runs, four earned with only one strikeout in his .01 IP. Jerome Williams was called to replace him and closed the ninth with the Braves healthy lead 13-5 as he allowed one more earned run by the Braves. The series is now split between the two teams.
GAME THREE - RUBBER MATCH AT 1:15 CST FIRST PITCH
Cardinals Adam Wainwright (9-5/4.15 ERA) will face Braves Mike Foltynewicz (4-5/4.60 ERA). Originally, Foltynewicz was penciled in the face Martinez in last night's game. The Braves made their fourteenth starter switch, Roberto Hernandez, for Game Two. Therefore, the 22 year old Foltynewicz will make his debut against the Cardinals this afternoon. He is 3-4/5.40 in away games. Opposing hitters have averaged a .314 as he has given up 3 HR/14 ER on 22 hits allowed. He's walked 13 with 30 strikeouts in his 34 innings pitched. He has held right-hand hitters to a .264 and lefties only a tick off with a .261 BA. Wainwright has held the Braves to a .227 BA; but, they do hold a .312 OBP facing him. Wainwright will look to give the Cardinals a win to take the series. He is 5-2/2.58 ERA at home. The game of last night, is done and over. History can not be changed. However, Wainwright will be on his mission to lay it to rest. And Cardinals offense has to bring their "A" game to have his back. Early and often.
CARDINALS INJURIES IN GAME TWO
Both Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter were removed from last night's game. Molina sustained a contusion to his right thumb which was hampering his batting and throwing. Carpenter, who returned from the DL this past Friday for a right oblique strain, was removed during the sixth inning as the coaches felt his bat was labored. Due to the circumstance of his recent injury, they have placed him on the Day-to-Day list as precautionary. Reported, neither are serious injuries. Even though, we may see Molina back in the line-up today; but, in my opinion, Carpenter will be held out. On the flipside, never say never where Carpenter is concerned.