St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco Giants (19-25) St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco
St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco Giants (19-25) St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco
St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco Giants (19-25) St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco

St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco Giants (19-25) St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco

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  • St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) vs. San Francisco Giants (19-25) Game #41 � Busch Stadium � May 21, 2017

    Adam Wainwright (3-3, 5.31) vs. Matt Cain (3-1, 4.04)

    � LEADING OFF: The St. Louis Cardinals are in the midst of their 126th season of play in the National League...the Cardinals entered the day in 2nd place in the National League Central, 2.5 games behind 1st place Milwaukee and one-half game ahead of 3rd place Chicago...since starting the season 3-9, the Cardinals are 18-10 in their last 28 games, posting the best winning percentage (.643) in the National League since April 17, while posting the lowest ERA (3.04) in MLB during that span.

    � NO BROOM AREA: The Cardinals need a win to avoid a sweep by the San Francisco Giants for the first time since 2001 at AT&T Park (6/29-7/1/2001) and for the first time in St. Louis since 1998 (6/5-7/1998)...the Cardinals are 2- 5 on this current homestand despite a 2.79 ERA from their pitching staff over the past seven games.

    � CARDINALS TRADE ADAMS FOR YEPEZ; ACTIvATE PISCOTTY: Prior to yesterday’s game, the Cardinals activated OF Stephen Piscotty from the 10-day disabled list (right hamstring strain) and traded 1B Matt Adams and cash con- siderations to the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder Juan Yepez...Adams was batting .292 with a home run and seven RBI for the Cardinals in 31 games...Yepez, a 19-year old, right-handed swinging Venezuelan native, was batting .275 with a home run, 15 RBI and ranked T2nd in the South Atlantic League with 13 doubles.

    � STARTING POWER: The Cardinals boast four pitchers in the Top 11 in National League ERA with Mike Leake lead- ing the league at 2.03, Michael Wacha (4th, 2.74), Lance Lynn (5th, 2.78) and Carlos Martínez (11th, 3.28) ...the Car- dinals starting staff leads the Majors with a 3.17 ERA...HOME COOKING: Since May 12, the start of this homestand, the Cardinals starting pitchers have posted a 1.70 ERA, the best in MLB over that period (Giants, 2nd, 2.43).

    � WALKS TO REMEMBER: Matt Carpenter ranks tied for 2nd in the majors with 32 walks (Goldschmidt, ARI, 35)...the 32 walks through 40 games are the most by a Cardinals player since Albert Pujols walked 38 times in his first 40 games in 2008...Carpenter is one walk shy of 400 career, which would make him the fastest Cardinal to 400 walks (756 games currently), and fastest since Albert Pujols achieved his 400th walk in his 789th career game.

    � ALL ABOARD!: Yadier Molina (15 games; .304 OBP) and Jedd Gyorko (14 games; .344 OBP) rank 6th and 7th in the National League in active on-base streak...Matt Kemp has the longest active streak in the N.L. at 24 games...Molina’s career high was 24-straight during July and August of 2016....Gyroko broke his career-best last night which was previously 13 games in September of 2014 with San Diego.

    TODAY’S GAME: The Cardinals host the San Francisco Giants for the final game of a three- game series at 1:15 p.m...this is the final game of an 8-game, 11-day homestand which included the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, matching up six of the last seven World Series winners... the first 30,000 fans 16 and older will receive a Cardinals Rhinestone Cap.

    LAST NIGHT’S GAME: San Francisco broke a scoreless tie in the 13th inning with three runs en route to a 3-1 victory as rookie Christian Ar- royo hit a two-RBI double with the bases loaded and pinch-hitter Nick Hundley hit a sacrifice fly...Mark Melancon recorded his 8th save stop- ping the Cardinals late rally...Carlos Martinez re- ceived a no decision after firing 9.0 scoreless innings allowing just two singles...Stephen Pis- cotty tallied the Cardinals lone RBI in his first game back from the disabled list.

    COMING UP: The Cardinals embark on a six- game road trip through the National League West, flying to Southern California tomorrow to begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (May 23-25) on Tuesday before a three- game series against the N.L. West Division lead- ing Colorado Rockies (May 26-28)...the Cardinals will begin a 20-game stretch with no off days on Tuesday.

    CARDINALS vs. SAN FRANCISCO: Season: 7 games; next meeting 8/31-9/3 at SF 2017: 0-2 (0-2 at STL, 0-0 at SF) 2016: 4-3 (2-1 at STL, 2-2 at SF) All-Time: 962-1,071 (18-20 at Busch Stadium III) Last Time STL sweep: 9/15-16/06 at STL Last Time SF sweep: 6/29-7/1/01 at SF

    RECORD BREAKDOWN

    BByy DDaayy BByy MM oonntthh

    Monday 2-2 Spring 20-8-4 Tuesday 3-4 April 12-12 Wednesday 3-1 May 9-7 Thursday 2-3 June 0-0 Friday 3-4 July 0-0 Saturday 4-2 August 0-0 Sunday 4-3 Sept./Oct. 0-0

    BByy SS ee rr ii ee ss 2G 3G 4G 5G Won --- 5 1 --- Lost --- 5 --- --- Split 1 --- --- --- Sweeps --- 3 --- --- Opp. Sweeps 1 1 --- ---

    MIKE MATHENY: Mike Matheny is in the midst of his 6th season as the Cardinals manager...his 482- 367 won-loss mark is tops in the majors since his debut in 2012...Matheny’s 482 managerial wins rank 5th on the franchise’s all-time list...entering this season his .569 managerial win pct. ranked 18th all-time among managers with five or more seasons of experience...his clubs have recorded three 1st place finishes and two 2nd place fin- ishes...Mike became the only manager in MLB his- tory to take his team to the postseason in each of his first four seasons (2012-15)...he has managed 43 postseason games, and has 21 postseason wins since 2012, 3rd-most wins among current Major League managers...Matheny, 46, had a 13-year Major League career playing with MIL, TOR, STL and SF, winning four Rawlings Gold Gloves (‘00, ‘03-’05), and retiring from the game in 2006 due to concussion symptoms...he holds the M.L. catch- ing record for consecutive errorless games (252).

    Cardinals Disabled List Date Games Player & Injury DL Missed Z. Duke, left elbow surgery 3/29 40 A. Reyes, right elbow surgery 3/30 40 T. Lyons, right intercostal strain 5/28 15 J. Martínez, left groin 5/7 11

    Mon., May 22: OPEN DATE Tue., May 23 at DODGERS: Lance Lynn (4-2, 2.78) vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.15) 9:10 p.m.* Wed., May 24 at DODGERS: Mike Leake (4-2, 2.03) vs. Rich Hill (1-1, 2.77) 9:10 p.m.*%

    Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KMOX Radio *Fox Sports Midwest +FOX  Network %ESPN @ESPN2 !FS1 ^MLB Network

    UPCOMING GAMES & PITCHING PROBABLES

    BIRD BANTER... vS. SAN FRANCISCO: .231 (18-78) 1 HR HOMESTAND: .242 (60-248) 7 HR

    � #13 MATT CARPENTER: Streak: 1G (1-6, .167)  Series: 1-9, .111 Homestand: .111 (3-27), HR [ Is 7-for-his-last-42 (since 5/7), w/ 1 hit in 7 games...led MLB w/ .400 BA (10-25) vs. SF in 2016; career .405/.468/.559 in 32 games vs. SF...scored in 10 of last 17 games (12 Rs) 4/30-5/12...has XBH in 9 of last 17 games...leads STL with 25 RBI (20 in last 20 Gs) & 8 HR’s...32 walks (T2nd MLB); has walks in 25 G’s, incl. 5 G’s with 2+ walks...had b2b G’s w/ 3 walks 5/4-5…His 32 walks through 40 games are T11th most by a Cardinal since A.Pujols’ 38 in 2008 (M.McGwire leads w/ 46 in 1998)...is 2-for-2 w/ HR & 8 RBI w/ bases loaded...hit walk-off GS in 11th inn. vs. TOR 4/27 [1], his 1st car. GS & 2nd career walk-off HR).

    � #36 ALEDMYS DIAZ: Streak: 1G (1-5, .200)  Series: 1-9, .091 Homestand: .241 (7-29) [ Ranks T14th in NL in May in hits (21)...Has .356 AvG (21-59) outside of No. 2 lineup spot in 2017... 2nd in MLB with 12 in- field hits...2nd on STL w/ 41 hits & 13 multi-hit G’s...hit safely in 17 of last 25 G’s (29-106; .274), raising BA from .214 to .253 ...2nd on STL in SB (4)...had season-high 4 hits 5/5 at ATL & was 10-13 (.769 BA) in 3 games 5/4-6.

    � #25 DEXTER FOWLER: Streak: 0-6 Series: 2-10, .200, HR Homestand: .182 (4-22), 2 HR [ Leads STL with .381 BA (8-21) w/ RISP (12th in NL)...6 of 7 May hits (2B, 3 3B, 2 HR) have gone for extra-bases...had GWRBI in PH ABs on 5/9 (1B in 9th) & 5/10 (2-R 3B in 6th)...T2nd in NL w/ 4 triples; hit 76th career triple 5/20 vs. SF, most among ac- tive players and most since 2009...left game in 4th inn. on 5/4 vs. MIL w/ strained right shoulder...reached base safely in 15 of his last 16 starts & in 28 of 36 G’s...leads STL in runs (22) & is 2nd in BB’s (19); 5/13 vs. CHI was 10th career 3-walk game.

    � #59 ERIC FRYER: Streak: 0-5 Series: DNP Homestand: .000 (0-1)  [ Made 5th start on 5/6 at ATL...STL is 5-0 in his starts...hit PH single in 11th vs. TOR (4/25)...has 5 hits/2 doubles...2-6 with a double as pinch hitter...career .386 BA (17-44) in 23 games at Busch Stadium.

    � #35 GREG GARCIA: Streak: 1G (3-4, .750)  Series: 3-4, .750 Homestand: .429 (3-7) [ Hitting .341 (15-44) off RHP...tied career-high w/ 3-for-4 effort off bench yest. vs. SF; first hit since 5/6 at ATL...Is 3-11 with MLB-co-leading 4 walks as PH,