A pair of geographical rivals from the Show Me State close out their brief interleague set in the Gateway City. The Kansas City Royals play the final game of a two-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday afternoon. Kansas City avoided a sweep at the hands of the Angels as they prevailed 5-1 in the finale of the set on the road Sunday afternoon. St. Louis dropped the rubber game of their three-game interleague series with the Rangers, falling 5-4 in 10 innings Sunday afternoon. The pitching matchup in Tuesday’s series opener saw Homer Bailey take the mound for the Royals against the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 8:15 pm ET.
Kansas City Royals Try for Victory on Getaway Day
Kansas City closes a five-game road trip in this one and they’ll look for a victory. The Royals snapped a four-game slide with the win Sunday: they entered Tuesday in the basement of the AL Central, 15 games behind the Twins. Kansas City got two hits each from Nicky Lopez (run) and Adalberto Mondesi (run) while Hunter Dozier drove in a pair of runs in the win. Danny Duffy (3-1) earned his third straight win as he threw six innings: he allowed one run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts before turning things over to the bullpen.
Brad Keller gets the call for the Royals in this contest as he logs his 11th start of the year. He comes in 2-5 with a 4.66 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, 37 walks and 42 strikeouts over 58 innings of action this season. Keller took the loss in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Angels. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts in a 5-2 Royals loss. Keller is 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP, 14 walks and 12 strikeouts over 16 innings in his last three starts. Keller has no record with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.50 WHIP, one walk and three strikeouts over two innings in two career outings, both in relief, against the Cardinals. Both of those appearances came at Busch Stadium, giving him a familiarity with the park.
St. Louis Cardinals Battling in Tough NL Central Race
St. Louis entered Tuesday’s opener on a cold streak as they had dropped seven of their previous nine games after falling Sunday. The Cardinals entered Tuesday fourth in the NL Central, four games behind the Cubs in the division race. St. Louis got two hits from Harrison Bader (two runs) and Marcell Ozuna while Paul DeJong drove in three runs in the loss. Jack Flaherty recorded a no-decision as he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over six innings. Jordan Hicks (1-2) took the loss as he allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout over 1.1 innings of work in relief.
Adam Wainwright takes the hill for the Cardinals as he makes his 10th start of the season in this contest. He comes in 3-4 with a 4.75 ERA, a 1.352 WHIP, 19 walks and 39 strikeouts over 47.1 innings of work this season. Wainwright took the loss in his last start, which came on the road against Atlanta on Thursday. He threw four innings, allowing five runs on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts in a 10-2 Cardinals defeat. Wainwright is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, seven walks and 12 strikeouts over 16 innings in his last three starts. He is 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA, a 1.137 WHIP, 11 walks and 46 strikeouts over 60.2 innings in 11 career appearances, eight starts, against the Royals. Wainwright is 81-44 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.151 WHIP, 249 walks and 887 strikeouts over 1,031.2 innings in 180 career appearances, 149 starts, at Busch Stadium in his career.
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