MLB Baseball

2
Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 250
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 140
1
  W: J. Woodford (3-3)   L: B. Woodruff (9-10)   S: G. Gallegos (11)
4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT, September 21, 2021
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 30,475

Brewers aim to snap Cardinals' 9-game winning streak

According to STATS
According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Brewers have won seven of 12 games against the Cardinals this season, but the two teams have split six games at American Family Field. Of the 102 runs scored in this season series, 49 have come in the seventh inning or later.
  2. The Cardinals have won eight straight games for the first time since August 7-15, 2018. Five of the eight wins during this streak have been by two or fewer runs including three by one run. The Cardinals are 23-17 (.757) in one-run games this season and 38-27 (.585) in two-run games.
  3. The Brewers took two of three at home against the Cubs but have lost three of five overall. They are 46-23 (.667) against the NL Central this season. The 46 wins are the second most in the majors by any team against its own division (Tampa Bay has 47).
  4. Tyler O'Neill is hitting .367 (11/30) with three home runs and 10 RBI over his last eight games (all wins). He has at least one hit in all eight games and at least one run scored. The last Cardinal player to score a run in more than eight straight games was Albert Pujols when he had 11 straight in 2010.
  5. Eduardo Escobar hit .293 with just one home run and seven RBI in 19 games in August. He has hit four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games in September but is hitting just .264 in that stretch.
  6. Jake Woodford is 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA in five starts this season compared to 1-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 18 relief appearances. Freddy Peralta pitched six shutout innings in his last start (Tuesday at Detroit). He allowed eight earned runs in 7.2 innings over his previous three starts (9.39 ERA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2021 thru 9/23/2021

The surging St. Louis Cardinals will turn to right-hander Jake Woodford to try to keep their winning streak alive in the second game of a showdown series in Milwaukee against the National League Central-leading Brewers.

The Cardinals (80-69) earned their season-high ninth consecutive victory Monday, beating Milwaukee 5-2 in the series opener behind Jon Lester, who recorded his 200th career win.

Right-hander Brandon Woodruff (9-9, 2.55 ERA) starts for Milwaukee on Tuesday against Woodford, (2-3, 4.30), who originally was scheduled to start the series opener but switched turns with Lester.

With its winning streak, St. Louis has leapfrogged several teams to the grab the second NL wild-card spot. The Cardinals hold a three-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds, who defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Monday, for the second wild card.

Milwaukee (91-59), which leads St. Louis by 10 1/2 games in the NL Central, has secured a playoff spot. The Brewers could wrap up the division title by winning two of the remaining three games in the series.

Lester, 37, allowed just a pair of second-inning solo homers and a single in six innings. He is 4-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 starts with St. Louis since being acquired from the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline.

"You know, I'm just happy to be part of a postseason run," Lester said. "I think at the end of the day, that's what we all play for is that World Series. And, to have an opportunity to go after that World Series is huge."

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Lester has been a huge part of the team's recent success.

"Man, what a tremendous addition," Shildt said. "Obviously, he's pitched tremendously well. Done a great job, made a few adjustments. But this guy's got such heart and competitive fire, it's really fun to watch him go out and compete. He's like John Wayne, he's got that True Grit."

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the first inning Monday, his 33rd, and Yadier Molina added a pair of RBI singles to pace the Cardinals' offense.

Milwaukee has lost four of its past six and scuffled offensively in the losses, including Monday night.

"We hit a bunch of kind of lazy fly balls, really. Maybe some were just misses, but they ended up being easy-to-catch fly balls," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We didn't put enough pressure on Lester or their bullpen tonight."

Counsell added of the Cardinals, "There's no question they're playing well. They played very well (Monday). Their bullpen did a heck of a job. They got the hits with the men in scoring position."

Woodford has faced the Brewers twice in relief this season, tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Milwaukee got to him the one time it faced him last year, putting up five runs in 1 1/3 innings. Woodford is 0-2 with a 4.64 ERA in five appearances, including four starts, since his last victory on July 19.

Woodruff is 3-2 with a 3.32 ERA in eight career games (six starts) against the Cardinals, though he hasn't faced them this season.

Woodruff has lost both of his starts in September. He allowed four runs on nine hits -- including three homers -- in six-plus innings in a 12-0 defeat to the Phillies on Sept. 6 and then gave up three runs on four hits in a 4-1 setback at Detroit on Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 21, 2021

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2021 by STATS PERFORM.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS PERFROM is strictly prohibited.