MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Washington1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 5101
St. Louis0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 463
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  W: T. Roark (8-12)   L: L. Weaver (6-11)   S: K. Glover (1)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, August 16, 2018
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 38,074

Cardinals look to complete sweep of Nationals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Nationals won six of their seven games between July 31 and August 8 -- since then, they have dropped four of six. With their two weekend losses to the Cubs, the Nats dropped to an even 30-30 on their travels in 2018.
  2. The Cardinals have won five consecutive games, and have gone 9-2 in August. The Cards offense has gotten at least 10 hits seven times in August, most in MLB.
  3. Ryan Zimmerman was hitting .184 at the end of April. Since then, Zimmerman has slashed .369/.447/.692, hitting safely in all but three games in which he had multiple at bats.
  4. Jose Martinez has picked up a hit in eight of the Cardinals 11 August games -- the Cards have won all eight. In the weekend series against the Royals, Martinez went 6-for-12 at the dish, hitting one home run and knocking six runners home.
  5. In two career starts against the Cardinals, Tommy Milone has pitched to a 3.46 ERA (5/13.0). His most recent game against the Redbirds came in 2015 as a member of the Twins -- Milone went seven full innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out five and issuing zero free passes.
  6. Miles Mikolas has turned in four consecutive starts of at least five innings while allowing no more than two runs in any of these outings. With one more such start, he will move into a tie for the third-longest active streak in MLB.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/13/2018 thru 8/16/2018
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The St. Louis Cardinals just keep on winning. On Wednesday night, the victories took place on and off the field.

Minutes before they polished off a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals that stretched their season-long winning streak to eight, they got the evening's biggest triumph: X-rays on National League home run leader and MVP candidate Matt Carpenter came back negative.

Carpenter left the game in the bottom of the seventh after being drilled on the back of the hand by a Matt Grace fastball. The air seemed to go out of the stadium as well as the Fox Sports Midwest booth, but news arrived an inning later that Carpenter checked out all right.

Interim manager Mike Shildt, who shot Grace an icy glare as he walked off the field after he lifted Carpenter, expects him to play when St. Louis aims to complete a four-game sweep on Thursday night in Busch Stadium.

"He told me he'd be ready to go," Shildt said. "We'll be smart about it. I anticipate Carpenter to play tomorrow."

Carpenter, who has clouted 33 homers and has spearheaded the team's surge into contention in both the NL Central and wild-card races, used an intentional walk in the fifth to up his streak of reaching base to 33 straight games.

But the Cardinals (66-55) have been a lot more than Carpenter of late. Center fielder Harrison Bader is defending at a Gold Glove level while hitting .273 with occasional power and changing games with his baserunning.

He went 3-for-4 Wednesday night, creating a fifth-inning run by scoring on a wild pitch that might have bounced about 15 feet to the left of catcher Spencer Kieboom. Bader also ranged nearly 70 feet to deny Bryce Harper an extra-base hit with a diving catch to end the fourth.

"Pitchers are doing a good job pounding the zone," Bader said. "They have confidence in their teammates, so it's nice to run one down for them."

Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66 ERA) will get the call for St. Louis after skipping his Sunday start in Kansas City as the result of an odd injury. Weaver cut his index finger opening an aluminum foil lining on a can of food Saturday, and the team opted to use Tyson Ross in his place.

Weaver hasn't pitched since a 2-1 loss on Aug. 6 in Miami -- the last time St. Louis dropped a game. Weaver logged a quality start, allowing seven hits and two runs in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Thursday will be his first career appearance against Washington.

Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will attempt to keep his recent roll going for the Nationals (60-61). He has won his last four starts, beating the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Saturday as he scattered nine hits over 7 2/3 innings. Roark ceded just two runs, walking one and whiffing seven.

"There's still definitely things I need to work on and just maintain," Roark said to mlb.com.

Roark is 1-2 with a 6.00 earned run average in five career games against the Cardinals, three of them starts. He has not faced the Cardinals this season.

Washington has lost four in a row and is nine games off Atlanta's first-place pace in the NL East.

Updated August 16, 2018

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