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  • GDT (L) (5/11) - Cardinals (Looper 5-1) @ Milwaukee (Suppan 1-2), 1:05pm CT

    St. Louis (23-15) at Milwaukee (17-19)
    Preview | Box Score | Recap
    Currently: Milwaukee, WI
    Temp: 46° F Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun May 11, 2008TV: KSDK, FSWIAdd to Calendar | Buy Tickets By MATT BROWN, STATS Editor
    11 hours, 7 minutes ago
    Buzz Up
    In the first two games of their four-game weekend series at Miller Park, both the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals have ended their respective losing streaks.

    Entering Sunday afternoon’s matchup, however, several individual streaks remain intact.

    The Brewers (17-19) had dropped a season-high six straight games - all on the road - before returning home Friday night and beating the Cardinals 4-3 in the series opener. That game marked the third straight loss, also a season high, for NL Central-leading St. Louis.

    The Cardinals (23-15) bounced back Saturday, though, as Ryan Ludwick’s two-run single off closer Eric Gagne gave them the lead with two outs in the top of the ninth. St. Louis’ shaky bullpen held on for a 5-3 victory.

    “I am never nervous in that situation,” Ludwick said. “I love that situation. I have been blessed with that opportunity a lot since I’ve been here and have been fortunate to come through in a lot of the situations I’ve been in. I feel like that’s what baseball is all about—that situation, being in that moment.”

    Series at a Glance
    St. Louis 3
    Milwaukee 4
    Fri, May 9 - Final
    St. Louis 5
    Milwaukee 3
    Sat, May 10 - Final
    St. Louis at
    Sun, May 11 - 2:05 pm ET
    St. Louis at
    Mon, May 12 - 8:05 pm ET
    Gagne hasn’t made the most of his moments on the mound this season, blowing five of his 14 save opportunities. Although Saturday’s appearance was not a save situation, that fact didn’t take the sting away.

    “I don’t deserve that ninth inning right now. It’s pretty simple,” Gagne said.

    The losing skid wasn’t the most notable streak for the Cardinals. First baseman Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a walk Saturday to extend his season-opening streak of reaching base safely to 38 games. It is the longest such run to open a season since 1999, when Derek Jeter reached safely in his first 53 games for the New York Yankees.

    Pujols appears to have a good chance at extending his streak to 39 games, as he is 9-for-25 (.360) with four doubles in his career against Brewers starter Jeff Suppan.

    Meanwhile, Suppan (1-2, 5.22 ERA) enters Sunday’s game riding a pair of streaks which cannot both continue. The right-hander is winless in his last six starts overall, but has won five consecutive starts against the Cardinals.

    Suppan enjoyed the best years of his career in St. Louis, where he pitched from 2004-06, and won a career-high 16 games in each of the first two of those seasons. He also hasn’t lost to the Cardinals since before he pitched for them, as he is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his last five outings versus St. Louis.

    However, since winning his season debut against the Cubs in Chicago on April 2, Suppan has gone winless in six starts including losses in his last two. He gave up three runs, eight hits and three walks over five-plus innings of Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Florida.

    Cardinals starter Braden Looper (5-1, 3.95) will take the mound looking to win his third consecutive start. The right-hander, who spent his first nine major-league seasons as a reliever before entering the St. Louis rotation last season, lasted 8 1-3 innings at Colorado on Tuesday. He allowed four runs and scattered 10 hits in the Cardinals’ 6-5 victory.

    Looper is also potent at the plate, as he went 2-for-3 Tuesday to increase his batting average to a team-high .385.

    “He still looks bad up there, but he gets it done,” St. Louis reliever Ryan Franklin said of Looper’s hitting. “Impressive.”

    Looper is 4-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 30 career appearances, including six starts, versus Milwaukee.

    Updated 11 hours, 7 minutes ago
    Team Comparison
    Team Record Standings Away/Home Streak L10
    St. Louis 23-15 1st Central Away 9-8 Won 1 6-4
    Milwaukee 17-19 4th Central Home 8-7 Lost 1 2-8

    The Cardinals filed a review with Major League Baseball to change the scoring on a play in Thursday's game at Colorado. Matt Holliday's first-inning single was declared a hit, despite glancing off the glove of 3B Brendan Ryan, and RHP Kyle Lohse wound up surrendering four runs in the frame. If the appeal is successful, those four runs will become unearned for Lohse and the team ... LHP Jaime Garcia made his first start at Class AAA Memphis on Thursday, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. ... The Cardinals reached the 20-win plateau by May 4, the earliest date in team history. ... Manager Tony La Russa needs three wins to reach 2,400 in his career. ... 1B Albert Pujols has reached safely in all 37 games this season. ... RHP Todd Wellemeyer recorded his second career RBI on Friday with a run-scoring single.

    May 10, 1:36 am EDT
    1B Prince Fielder turned 24 on Friday. ... During the team's six-game losing streak, Milwaukee batted just .196 as a team. ... The Brewers remain on a long drought of victories from starting pitchers. No starter other than team ace RHP Ben Sheets has recorded a victory since April 5, when LHP Manny Parra procured a win against the Giants. ... Coming into the weekend series, the Brewers had allowed back-to-back home runs in three of the last six games. ... The Brewers' bullpen has thrown 12 straight scoreless innings, with a 1.67 ERA over the last eight games.
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  • #2
    Cardinals 11, Brewers 1

    Molina (STL) - 2
    Braun (Mil)

    W: Looper (6-1)
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    • #3
      I will probably miss most of this game due to Mothers Day. Got to take the wife out and all that....

      Go Cardinals!!!!
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      Bill Walton


      • #4
        Bumpity for game time...
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        • #5
          Can't find this game on extra, anybody?


          • #6
            Found it...on a channel called "Sign Off".

            LaRue's chest protector doesn't really fit.


            • #7
              Looper is not fooling anybody. 2-0 in the first.


              • #8
                What's with the lack of stickiness?


                • #9
                  Great inning by Looper.


                  • #10
                    Gagne is out as Milwaukee closer, as well.


                    • #11
                      So far this game kind of sucks. 2-0.
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                      • #12
                        And what the hell is Prince Fielder eating? Can he even run?


                        • #13
                          Didn't some other manager catch heat from MLB for not wearing a jersey a year or two ago? Seems like TLR hasn't worn his much at all this year.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by STL JA View Post
                            And what the hell is Prince Fielder eating? Can he even run?


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by backstop View Post
                              Is that what they call em now?