MLB Baseball

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St. Louis2 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 6130
San Francisco0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 5110
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  W: A. Wainwright (7-5)   L: J. Cueto (6-5)   S: J. Miller (1)
6:45 PM PT7:45 PM MT8:45 PM CT9:45 PM ET21:45 ET1:45 GMT9:45 6:45 PM MST8:45 PM EST9:15 PM VEN5:45 UAE (+1)7:45 PM CT, July 6, 2021
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 18,785

Giants look to bounce back vs. Cards, Adam Wainwright

According to STATS
According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants

  1. The last time these two faced each other was in 2019 and the Cardinals won four of seven games. The Giants took two of three at home including a shutout win in the third game. The Cardinals redid the favor by taking three of four in St. Louis with two shutout wins.
  2. The Cardinals were 30-22 after games of May 29, but are 11-22 since. They just lost three of four at Coors Field scoring nine runs in the lone win and six combined runs in the three losses.
  3. The Giants have the best record in baseball and are one of three teams with a run differential over 100 (Astros, Dodgers). Last season their run differential was +2 and in 2019 it was -95. They have been streaky since June 14 (won 10 of 11, lost four straight, won three straight).
  4. Harrison Bader has a hit in three of four games since returning from the IL (right rib hairline fracture). In two of the games, he hit a home run including his first career grand slam on Friday. He is hitting .265 on the road this season compared to just .175 at Busch Stadium.
  5. Brandon Crawford went 3-for-4 in each of his last two games. The only other time he has had back-to-back games with three or more hits was on May 4-5, 2018 at Atlanta.
  6. Last Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks, Kwang Hyun Kim won for the first time since April 23. He has allowed just one run in three of his last four starts. Kevin Gausman is second in the majors with a 1.68 ERA. In eight previous seasons, the lowest ERA he has ended a season with was 3.57 in 2014 with Baltimore.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/5/2021 thru 7/7/2021

The San Francisco Giants will try to regain their hitting groove when they host the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

The Giants fell to the Cardinals 5-3 Monday the opener of the three-game series at Oracle Park. Prior to that, they won three straight road games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I thought we did a nice job in the Diamondback series of continuing to work pitchers," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. "See pitches, identify pitches that we can drive and be aggressive on those."

But Cardinals starting pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim kept the Giants off-balance through seven scoreless innings on Monday.

"He was able to stay just off the corners of the plate and down below the zone and we were just putting balls in play that normally we foul off or sometimes we take," Kapler said. "To get a finesse pitcher out of the game you are going to lay off balls that are on the edges and down below."

While the Giants are trying to keep pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West race, the Cardinals are just trying to get over .500. They have won five of their last eight games to get within two of break even at 42-44.

"Today was just what we have always expected what kind of club we have," Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter said. "Really, really good complete win for us and one that I hope and I feel like is going to get us going."

The Giants will start Johnny Cueto (6-4, 4.00 ERA), who battled illness while allowing five runs on six hits (including two homers) and two walks over five innings in his previous start. He has allowed two homers in four of this last five starts.

Cueto is 7-9 with a 3.92 ERA in 24 career starts against the Cardinals. Yadier Molina (.827 on-base plus slugging percentage in 48 at-bats), Paul Goldschmidt (.808 OPS in 29 at-bats) and Carpenter (.807 OPS in 25 at-bats) have held up well against Cueto over the years.

The Cardinals will counter with Adam Wainwright (6-5, 3.49 ERA), who allowed just four runs over 21 innings in his last three starts.

"It doesn't surprise me when I do well," Wainwright said. "It seemingly surprises everyone else, but that's fine. It does not surprise me, because that's what I expect to do."

Wainwright, 39, has worked six or more innings in six consecutive starts.

"Waino came up in an era that trained -- and he's probably one of the last parts of that era of the game -- that trained or expected pitchers to go deep in games," manager Mike Shildt said.

Wainwright is 7-7 with a 3.09 ERA in 17 career appearances against the Giants, including 15 starts.

Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill (finger contusion) was limited to pinch-hitting duty Monday while Posey (thumb contusion) sat out.

The Giants recalled catcher Chadwick Trump on Monday with Posey sidelined and placed pitcher Sammy Long on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain.

Giants outfielder Jaylin Davis suffered a hamstring strain running to first base during the game and will undergo an MRI Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 5, 2021

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