Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 180
St. Louis2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 360
  W: J. Montgomery (2-0)   L: E. Lauer (8-4)   S: R. Helsley (12)
5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, August 12, 2022
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 45,669

Brewers, Cardinals to tangle for leg up in NL Central

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. These clubs have split 12 games this year after splitting all three of their four-game series in 2022. They have also each won 28 of 56 games played at Busch Stadium since the start of the 2016 season.
  2. The Brewers 4-3 comeback win over the Rays on Wednesday improved their record versus teams with a current winning record to 26-22. Milwaukee is one of three NL teams with a winning record against teams over .500, along with the Dodgers (24-13) and Mets (31-22).
  3. Eric Lauer is 2-2 with a 6.26 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals, including beating them in St. Louis on May 26 and losing to them in Milwaukee on June 22. He has not lost since that June 22 start and is 2-0 with a 2.62 ERA since the start of July.
  4. The Cardinals dropped two of three to the Rockies in Denver, yielding 29 runs over the three contests. It marked the most runs St. Louis has allowed in any three-game series since allowing 31 to Houston in August 2010.
  5. Paul Goldschmidt hit his 27th home run yesterday while Nolan Arenado hit his 24th, making them the fourth pair of National League teammates to combine for 50. They lead all duos in MLB this year in batting average (.317) and OPS (.983).
  6. Jordan Montgomery beat his former team the Yankees in his first start as a Cardinal after pitching 5.0-shutout innings, becoming the first player since John Smoltz in 2009 to allow no runs over at least 5.0 innings and win in his debut appearance with the Cardinals.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2022 thru 8/14/2022

The stakes in the National League Central Division get higher starting this weekend as the Milwaukee Brewers visit the St. Louis Cardinals for a three-game series.

The Cardinals saw their lead over Milwaukee sliced to a half-game after losing 8-6 to the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Thursday.

St. Louis is 10-3 in their last 13 games, including a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees last weekend. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol wants his team to remain focused heading into the much-anticipated series against the Brewers.

"I don't believe in big series," said Marmol. "This was a big series. The Yankees one was a big series. This one is no different. Milwaukee's coming to town. Our goal is to beat them."

The Brewers are riding high after sweeping a brief two-game set against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Milwaukee shortstop Willy Adames is hoping his team can carry that momentum into this weekend's series.

"Obviously we are going to play some really good teams this last month and a half, and we know we have to be better," said Adames. "That's what we're trying to do now. We're going to go to St. Louis and try to play at our highest level and try to win the series."

Infielder Keston Hiura is batting .326 (15-for-46) with five homers and eight RBIs over his last 16 games for Milwaukee, which is 3-5 this month.

The Brewers will send left-hander Eric Lauer (8-3, 3.59 ERA) to the mound in the series opener. He won his second straight start on Aug. 5, allowing one run over seven innings against the Cincinnati Reds.

Lauer, 27, is 2-2 with a 6.93 ERA in six career games (five starts) against St. Louis, including 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts this season.

Nolan Arenado is 5-for-17 with a home run against Lauer, who has posted a 2.65 ERA in nine starts this season at American Family Field compared with a 4.47 mark in 11 road games.

St. Louis will counter with left-hander Jordan Montgomery (4-3, 3.53), who is making his second start with the team since being acquired from the New York Yankees at the trade deadline.

Montgomery, 29, tossed five scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Yankees on Saturday before exiting for precautionary reasons due to cramping.

"It's tough to throw against a team you just left. For him to do what he did was pretty special," Marmol said. "He had nine groundball outs. A really good job by Jordan."

Montgomery is facing Milwaukee for the first time since July 7, 2017, when he allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings as a member of the Yankees.

The Cardinals have received a spark from outfielder Lars Nootbaar, who is hitting .348 (23-for-66) in his last 25 games.

Nootbaar, who played right field and drew two walks while batting leadoff on Thursday, is also known for keeping things light during the long season.

"He's a gamer, he's just a great dude, great person," said Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson. "Just someone you need in a clubhouse, honestly."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 12, 2022