MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis0 3 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 9130
San Diego0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 5111
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  W: L. Weaver (3-2)   L: E. Lauer (1-2)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, May 11, 2018
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 28,207

Cards hoping to keep Padres on the deck

According to STATS
According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres

  1. St. Louis lost back-to-back games against the Twins and managed just one combined run and six hits in those contests. The Cardinals, 20-14, hold a half-game lead in the division over the Brewers and the Pirates and a one-game lead over the Cubs.
  2. The Padres dropped two of three against Washington, but were able to win the last game of the series, 2-1 on Wednesday. San Diego pitching struck out 12 batters in the win, and have recorded double-digit strikeouts 20 times this season, tied for the second most such games in MLB (Yankees -- 21).
  3. The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last eight games at Petco Park, including taking three of four last year. The St. Louis pitching staff combined for a 1.80 ERA and a .213 opponent average in those four games.
  4. Former Padres' starter Miles Mikolas will make his first career start against San Diego. Mikolas is 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA and just two walks in 40.0 innings. Among qualified pitchers, Mikolas' 0.45 walks per nine innings is the best in MLB this season.
  5. After making 13 relief appearances with the Padres this season, Jordan Lyles will make his first start of the season. In five starts in 2017, Lyles compiled a 1-3 record with a 9.39 ERA and .343 opponent average in 23.0 innings.
  6. Since April 11, Tommy Pham has a .500 on-base percentage in 74 plate appearances. Only Mike Trout (.505) has a higher on-base percentage during that time (minimum 50 plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/10/2018 thru 5/13/2018

SAN DIEGO -- The St. Louis Cardinals are at Petco Park this weekend hoping to rain on the Padres celebration.

This is the 20th anniversary of the Padres' 1998 National League championship season. And they selected the Cardinals as their opponent for the four-day celebration of the event, which features four straight bobblehead nights.

Well, the Cardinals spoiled the first night of the party by defeating San Diego 2-1 behind the pitching of former Padre Miles Mikolas and Tommy Pham's decisive home run. Bud Norris, another former Padre, got the save.

Now it's on to game two of the series with right-hander Luke Weaver (2-2, 5.60 ERA) taking the mound for the Cardinals in opposition to Padres rookie left-hander Eric Lauer (1-1, 5.79).

And another former Padre could be part of the Cardinals' plans to spoil the celebration.

Infielder Jedd Gyorko, who spent the first three seasons of his major league career (2013-2015) as a Padre, didn't start for the Cardinals on Thursday night. And some Padres fans found that odd since Gyorko has a .500 batting average against his original team with seven homers and 16 RBIs.

With the lefty Lauer pitching, Gyorko likely will be in the Cardinals lineup Friday night.

Since his only three major league starts have come this season, Lauer will be facing the Cardinals for the first time. His most recent outing against the Dodgers on Sunday in Monterrey, Mexico, was the 22-year-old's best.

He blanked the Dodgers on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings in what would become the Padres' first -- and only -- shutout win of the season.

Going into that game, Lauer had a 10.13 ERA through his first two major league starts, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) and six walks in eight innings. But the weather at Coors Field in Denver was a major contributor in Lauer's major league debut (seven runs in three innings), and he settled down nicely after a rough first inning against the Giants in San Francisco.

Going into his fourth start, Lauer is working on a string of 10 straight scoreless innings.

Weaver, the Cardinals' first-round pick in the 2014 draft (27th overall), will be making his eighth start of the season for the Cardinals. He has given up 22 runs on 35 hits and 15 walks against 32 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. Weaver has allowed at least four runs in each of his last four starts.

Weaver has faced the Padres once before.

Last Aug. 23, Weaver worked seven shutout innings against the Padres, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out 10 over seven innings to get the win. It was his first scoreless start in the majors.

It was also only the sixth scoreless start of seven innings or more with 10 strikeouts in history by a Cardinals rookie pitcher -- and the first since Shelby Miller did it on May 10, 2013, against the Rockies.

Pham is hitting a team-high .330 and has three of his six home runs in the last six games.

Updated May 11, 2018

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