Rookie Alex Reyes got the nod to replace starter Jaime Garcia for Sunday's start facing the Giants.
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ROOKIE POWER FOR CARDINALS - GIANTS FINAL GAME THIS AFTERNOON - FIRST PITCH 3:05 CST
In the fourth and final game, Cardinals rookie Alex Reyes (2-1/1.29 ERA), who got the nod to replace Jaime Garcia, will face Giants rookie Albert Suarez (3-3/4.20 ERA).
After J Garcia's very poor starts in his last two stands, a total of 3.2 IP/2 HR/4 ER on six hits allowed, he was placed in the Cardinals bullpen. Reyes will make the start today. This will be Reyes third start this season; as much of his time in the majors, he has been in the bullpen. He is 1-0/0.73 ERA on the road, 12.1 IP/1 ER with only five hits allowed and 13 SO in relief. However, taking over for J Garcia in his last stand of 1.2 IP, Reyes did issue six free passes in his long relief of 4.1 IP; however, with no earned runs, he got the win. The young hurler is still refining his command and control. But, he finds the way to get the outs he needs.
Rookie Albert Suarez, recalled August 17, to replace starter Jake Peavy who was placed on the 15-Day DL.
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Suarez is 2-1/3.12 ERA at home, AT&T Park with 34.2 IP/2 HR/12 ER/22 SO. He, also, has been in and out of the Giants bullpen(2.25 ERA); being used in their rotation as this will be his fourth straight start, 0-2, since August 27. He was recalled to replace Jake Peavy, who, battled hip and lower back issues placing him on the DL for part of his 2015 season. Now this season Peavy is back on the 15-Day DL with lower back strain. Suarez was recalled to take his place in the Giants rotation. Suarez has made three starts in September, 15 IP/2 HR/6 ER on 15 hits allowed. He's had six strikeouts and only issuing five walks for his month, 3.60 ERA. His last start at AT&T Park, 5 IP/1 ER/2-BB/1 SO for a 1.80 ERA in the Giants loss to the San Diego Padres, September 13.
Reyes' goal today will be, not only to hold the Giants scoreless, but get through the fifth inning while managing his pitch count. He can ill afford to allow the Giants multiple free passes. Suarez will look to go head-to-head facing Reyes. This will be the debut for both rookies facing the opposing team.