MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Diego0 0 1 2 0 1 0 3 0 7101
St. Louis5 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 x 8111
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  W: A. Reyes (9-8)   L: J. Arrieta (5-14)   S: G. Gallegos (10)
11:15 AM PT12:15 PM MT1:15 PM CT2:15 PM ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 11:15 AM MST1:15 PM EST1:45 PM VEN22:15 UAE12:15 PM CT, September 19, 2021
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 35,326

Red-hot Cardinals vie for sweep of fading Padres

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San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Padres took a three-game sweep over the Cardinals when these teams met earlier this season. San Diego scored 13 runs on May 15, the franchise's most against St. Louis in 20 years (14 runs, Aug. 29, 2001).
  2. The Cardinals swept the Mets in three games earlier this week and have won seven of their last eight games. Through August 9, St. Louis was 55-56 with a -0.4 runs per game differential. Since August 10, the Cardinals are 21-13 with a +1.2 average scoring differential.
  3. The Padres split a four-game series in San Francisco, winning the last two games to end a five-game skid. San Diego is 62-64 against NL opponents this season, scoring 4.29 runs per game. The Padres are 14-6 in interleague play, scoring an average of 6.15 runs.
  4. Tyler O'Neill batted .239 in July with a .669 OPS, driving in four runs in 20 games. Since August 1, O'Neill is hitting .316 with a .975 OPS and has 21 RBI in 39 games.
  5. Fernando Tatis Jr. has stolen 25 bases this season and hit his NL-leading 39th home run Thursday. With his next home run, Tatis will become the Padres' first ever member of the 40/25 club and the first from the NL West since 1997 (Larry Walker, Barry Bonds).
  6. The Cardinals' pitching staff has allowed 136 home runs this season, the fewest in baseball. St. Louis has a win percentage of .852 (52-9) when not allowing a home run this season, the best mark in MLB.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2021 thru 9/19/2021
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The streaking St. Louis Cardinals will look to improve their playoff hopes on Sunday when they bid for a sweep of the visiting San Diego Padres.

The Cardinals extended their winning streak to seven games with an 8-2 victory over the Padres on Friday and a 3-2 triumph on Saturday.

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning on Saturday, the Cardinals rallied on a two-run homer from Tyler O'Neill. That capped an emotionally charged evening that began with a tribute to the Cardinals' 2011 world championship team.

"That was special," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "The night had magic to it before the game even started."

This surge allowed the Cardinals (78-69) to move two games up on the Cincinnati Reds and 2 1/2 games over the Padres (76-72) and Philadelphia Phillies in the race for the second wild card in the National League.

The Cardinals have won nine of their past 10 to move nine games over .500 for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the Padres have lost seven of their past nine games.

"We just need to flip the page," Padres pitcher Yu Darvish said through a translator. "We have a game (Sunday). We have to prepare in a way to win (Sunday).

The Cardinals will hand the ball to J.A. Happ (9-8, 6.00 ERA) in the series finale.

Happ scattered two hits over 5 1/3 innings in his previous start, a 2-0 victory versus Cincinnati last Sunday. That was a big improvement over his Sept. 1 start against the Reds, when he allowed seven runs and retired just three batters.

"You have an outing like that and you want to do anything to get it back and to try to rewind that and start that thing over again," Happ said. "That's the nature of the beast that we play, and you got to get over it."

Happ is 4-2 with a 4.08 ERA in eight starts for the Cardinals after arriving in a trade with the Minnesota Twins.

He has not faced the Padres this season. Happ is 2-2 with a 2.15 ERA in five career appearances against San Diego, including four starts.

Eric Hosmer (1-for-12), Wil Myers (1-for-9), Adam Frazier (0-for-5) and Jake Marisnick (4-for-20, seven strikeouts) have struggled against Happ.

The Padres on Sunday will start right-hander Jake Arrieta (5-13, 7.05), who is 0-2 with an 8.25 ERA in three starts since joining the team after his release from the Chicago Cubs.

Arrieta has not faced the Cardinals this season. He is 8-5 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 career starts against them.

He has had success against Matt Carpenter (3-for-36, 10 strikeouts), Paul Goldschmidt (4-for-23) and Nolan Arenado (3-for-14).

Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth returned to the starting lineup Saturday after recovering from a broken finger and went 1-for-4. He started at first base after coming off the bench Friday.

"You know what you are going to get with Jake," Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. "You are going to get a great at-bat every time, you're going a get a guy that battles, barrels balls up, lays off pitches outside the zone."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 19, 2021

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