Adam Wainwright (50) delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig and Rafael Furcal will not be in the lineup this afternoon as the Cardinals take on the San Francisco Giants.
It was a big night Wednesday on the West Coast as David Freese found his home run swing, and Jaime Garcia looks to have gotten himself back on track, matching his career high in strikeouts, fanning nine San Francisco Giants.
Freese provided muscle in the form of his go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning, giving St. Louis Cardinals gave manager Mike Matheny a victory against his old Giants team with a 4-1 win Wednesday night.
Pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker added a two-run double in the eighth for the Cardinals, who improved to 13-7 on the road.
In a matchup of the last two World Series champions, the Giants didn't do enough to back Madison Bumgarner (5-3). He lost his second straight start following a five-start winning streak on a breezy Bay Area night featuring a hovering mist above the field.
This afternoon the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright (2-4, 6.16 ERA) is looking to inch closer to the .500 mark by earning his third win on the season.
Wainwright tied a career high with five walks last Saturday. It was the first time he had walked more than two this year and just the second time he hadn't finished five innings. He had previously won all six of his career starts vs. Atlanta.
In his career, Wainwright hasn't had much success on the road against the Giants. His career record there is 1-3 with a 4.32 ERA.
The Cardinals offense will be severely tested, going up against one of the best arms in the National League. Matt Cain (2-2 2.28 ERA), ended the Giants' nine-game losing streak against the D-backs on Saturday night by throwing six innings of three-hit, one-run ball while striking out eight. He also helped his own cause with a 2-for-3 and two-RBI night at the plate.