Cardinals Drop Series-Finale

The St. Louis Cardinals took the second game of the three-game series on Saturday night.

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Cardinals Vs. Indians Score Update: Cardinals Drop Series-Finale

In a game that featured outstanding pitching performances from both starters, the St. Louis Cardinals dropped the series-finale against the Cleveland Indians courtesy of a three-run ninth inning from the visitors. Jason Kipnis hit his 10th home run of the season to push the Indians to the 4-1 victory.

With the score tied at one in the top of the ninth inning, it was Kipnis that delivered the key hit for the Indians. His three-run homer off of Jason Motte staked the Indians to the 4-1 lead, which Chris Perez finished off with his 20th save of the season.

Joe Kelly delivered an impressive effort on the mound in his MLB debut, allowing just one run and striking our four batters in five innings. However, he received little offensive help, as Ubaldo Jimenez was dominant. Jimenez allowed just one earned run in seven innings.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Cardinals Vs. Indians Lineups: Adron Chambers Gets Start Gets Start In Center

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is sticking with the lineup that got him a win on Saturday, with the exception of Adron Chambers getting the start in centerfield. Granted, that lineup only scored two runs in last night's game, but Matheny sees no reason to make any changes.

Here are today's lineups for both the Cardinals and the Indians:

Cardinals

  1. Rafael Furcal, SS
  2. Carlos Beltran, RF
  3. Yadier Molina, C
  4. Allen Craig, LF
  5. Matt Adams, 1B
  6. David Freese, 3B
  7. Daniel Descalso, 2B
  8. Adron Chambers, CF
  9. Joe Kelly, P

Indians

  1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Michael Brantley, CF
  6. Jose Lopez, 3B
  7. Shelley Duncan, LF
  8. Lou Marson, C
  9. Ubaldo Jimenez, P

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.


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Cardinals Vs. Indians Preview: Starter Joe Kelly Makes Major League Debut

An injury to St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia has opened up a spot in the team's rotation, which is, at least temporarily, going to be filled by 2009 third-round pick Joe Kelly. Kelly will make his major league debut on Sunday vs. the Cleveland Indians, and a win would give the Cardinals their second series victory in a row.

The 23-year-old Kelly was drafted out of UC Riverside in 2009, and has progressed through St. Louis' minor league system gradually without repeating any levels. He had a rough year in Double-A last season, posting a 5.01 ERA, but in Triple-A this year, he's managed to keep his ERA at 2.68. Kelly can get strikeouts, but he's also had problems with control throughout his pro career, and this year he's walked 21 batters in 72 innings.

Standing in the way of his first career victory is Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who is looking to for some consistency after a May in which he posted three quality starts but also gave up seven earned runs in two other starts. In is last outing this past Tuesday, he gave up one earned run in 6.2 innings vs. the Detroit Tigers.

Game date/time: Sunday, June 10, 1:15 p.m. CT

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo.

TV: FSN Midwest

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.


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Cardinals Vs. Indians Final Score: Lohse Brilliant In 2-0 Victory

The St. Louis Cardinals' 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night was far from eventful, but beggars can't be choosers. The win elevated the Cardinals to two games above .500 and gave them a chance to take the series with a win over Ubaldo Jimenez on Sunday afternoon. The team was powered by starting pitcher Kyle Lohse, who threw a gem in earning his sixth victory of the season.

Lohse held the Indians to no runs and just three hits in 7.2 innings on Saturday night, while striking out four and walking two. Marc Rzepczynski picked up the final out of the eighth inning before ceding way to closer Jason Motte, who pitched a clean ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season. The Cardinals' runs came on a Carlos Beltran homer in the third inning and a Rafael Furcal sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The two teams will take the hill on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. CT.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Cardinals Roster 2012: St. Louis Claims John Gaub

Needless to say, it has been a wild season for John Gaub. Gaub, who began the season with the Chicago Cubs, was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays on April 5. Gaub stayed with the Rays organization until May 24, when he was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. However, it was a short stay in Texas for Gaub, who was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals today according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram:

@JeffWilson_FWST: John Gaub, put on waivers Thursday to create a 40-man spot for Tanner Sheppers, has been claimed by St. Louis. We hardly knew ye.

Gaub, who was a 21st round pick out of Minnesota in 2006, had a strong season for the Chicago Cubs Triple-A team last season, recording a 3.42 ERA in 50 appearances. He has made 21 total appearances this season between the Rays and Rangers.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Cardinals Preview: St. Louis Still Flirting With .500

The St. Louis Cardinals certainly haven't been the same since starting the season 20-11, but they have still managed to stay at or above .500 for the entire year. It has been a fragile mark for the month of June, as the Cards have gone 3-5 and they have pushed down to the break-even point two times already during June. St. Louis is currently 30-29 overall and the season-long streak is still safe, but the team would prefer not to push their luck.

On Saturday, Kyle Lohse (5-1, 3.21 ERA) takes the mound for the Cards, starting opposite Indians pitcher Justin Masterson (2-5, 5.09 ERA). Here is the game time and TV broadcast information:

Game Date & Time: Saturday, June 9, 6:15 p.m. CT

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

TV: FOX (click here for regional coverage map)

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Cardinals Vs. Indians Final Score: Cleveland Cruises To 6-2 Victory

A move to interleague play did nothing to stop the St. Louis Cardinals' free fall in the standings, as the Redbirds fell to the Cleveland Indians 6-2 at home in the first game of the teams' three-game set at Busch Stadium. The Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a double from catcher Carlos Santana and a groundout by center Michael Brantley, and that would just about be enough.

The Indians put up a run in the fourth, another in the fifth and then two more in the top of the seventh to go up 6-0. Cardinals first basemen Matt Adams would bring the score to 6-2 with a single in the bottom of that inning, but the Cardinals would get no closer, despite their 10 hits.

Ex-Indian and current Cardinal Jake Westbrook was solid in facing his old team, giving up only three earned runs in six innings while racking up seven strikeouts and walking only one. But he was out-dueled by Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin, who allowed only two earned runs in seven full innings.

The Cardinals will look to get back in the win column on Saturday night at 6:15 p.m. CT.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.


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Indians Vs. Cardinals Lineups: St. Louis Goes For 3 Wins In A Row

The St. Louis Cardinals return home Friday to host the Cleveland Indians in the first of a nine-game homestand. Jake Westbrook will be on the mound for the Cardinals, who will try to extend their winning streak to three. The full lineups for Friday night's game are listed below.

St. Louis:

1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
3. Matt Holliday (LF)
4. Allen Craig (1B)
5. David Freese (3B)
6. Yadier Molina (C)
7. Daniel Descalso (2B)
8. Shane Robinson (CF)
9. Jake Westbrook (SP)

Related: Joe Kelly Promoted To St. Louis Cardinals Rotation; Jaime Garcia Seeks Multiple Medical Opinions

Cleveland:

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Cardinals Preview: St. Louis Kicks Off AL Central Homestand

The St. Louis Cardinals kick off a nine-game homestand against AL Central foes with a series against the Cleveland Indians this weekend.

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