White Sox at Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals will try to build off a dramatic game-winning rally when they cap a quick two-game Interleague series with the visiting Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. After getting swept three straight at Pittsburgh over the weekend, the Cardinals were in danger of losing their fourth straight game before scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to steal Tuesday's series opener 3-2.
Matt Carpenter's solo homer started the rally and Yadier Molina won it with a base hit to score Marcell Ozuna, giving St. Louis its sixth win in its last seven home games. Tommy Pham also homered - a 454-foot shot to lead off the bottom of the first - helping the Cardinals jump on top early in manager Mike Matheny's 1000th game at the helm. The White Sox have lost three in a row after winning three straight and they are 0-5 in their last five one-run games. Carlos Martinez has allowed two runs over his last five starts and looks to continue his dominant run for St. Louis when he gets the nod against Chicago's Lucas Giolito.
TV: 1:15 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FS Midwest (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (1-3, 7.71 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (2-1, 1.43)
Giolito rebounded from a rocky outing against Houston with 5 2/3 solid innings in a win at Kansas City on Thursday. However, he had just two strikeouts and owns 11 against 21 walks in his first 25 2/3 frames after posting a 34-to-12 ratio last season. The 23-year-old has never faced the Cardinals and gave up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in his only prior career Interleague start.
Martinez limited the New York Mets to one run and four hits over six innings his last time out, and he owns an ERA of 0.54 over his outstanding five-start run. The one blemish along the way has been an odd tendency to hit batters, as the 26-year-old has already matched his 2017 total with eight hit batters - three against the Mets on Thursday. Martinez boasts a 1.93 ERA in 14 games (10 starts) in his Interleague career but will be facing the White Sox for the first time.
1. White Sox 2B Yoan Moncada had two hits Tuesday and has recorded five multi-hit efforts over his last nine games.
2. Carpenter also had a double in the series opener after going six games in a row without an extra-base hit.
3. Cardinals RHP Bud Norris picked up his first win Tuesday with a scoreless ninth while lowering his ERA to 1.88.