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  • By Kelley Rouse, For the Cardinal Nation Show

    (The Cardinal Nation Show) -- After an impressive ninth-inning comeback in last night's game, the St. Louis Cardinals face the Milwaukee Brewers for Game Two of a three-game series at Miller Park.

    "These guys demand to come through in those situations. They're not content and happy when they don't. We've had Gatorade coolers and broken bats all over the place," Manager Mike Matheny says about the Cardinals' offensive struggles.

    If the Cardinals win tonight, it will be the second series they have taken from the Brewers this season.

    Starting on the mound for the Cards is Joe Kelly. The rookie has given up three runs or less in his six career starts and is currently pitching a 2.70 ERA. In Kelly's last start against the Miami Marlins July 8, he walked five batters. Tonight is his first career start against a division team.

    Veteran pitcher Randy Wolf will start for the Brewers, trying to earn his first win since April. After struggling the first half of this season, he is sitting at a 5.37 ERA. This is Wolf's second time pitching against the Cardinals this season. Wolf gave up three runs in five innings, which contributed to the Brewers' 9-3 loss April 8 when the Cards won the series 2-1.

    Since the All-Star break, the Cards, who currently sit 3.5 games back from first place in the NL Central, have lost three out of four games.

    The Brewers have won two out of four and sit in fourth place.

    The Cardinals and Brewers play tonight at 7:10 p.m. CT.

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