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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Francisco0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 020
St. Louis0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 150
  W: J. Flaherty (9-7)   L: D. Rodríguez (5-8)   S: C. Martínez (18)
4:45 PM PT5:45 PM MT6:45 PM CT7:45 PM ET19:45 ET23:45 GMT7:45 4:45 PM MST6:45 PM EST7:15 PM VEN3:45 UAE (+1)6:45 PM CT, September 3, 2019
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 38,259

Flaherty to take hot run into Cardinals' test vs. Giants

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San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals dropped two of three at San Francisco last month, but have won the last four meetings with the Giants in St. Louis. This is the Cardinals' longest home winning streak over the Giants since taking six in row from 1996-97.
  2. St. Louis is a major league-best 18-5 since August 9, leading MLB with a 3.01 ERA and four shutouts. The Cards have also won 13 of 15 at home, averaging 6.3 runs in those games.
  3. Yadier Molina is batting .500 (16-for-32) with four home runs, three doubles, nine RBI and nine runs in his last nine games. He had the same number of extra-base hits in his previous 158 at-bats over 44 games, with a home run and six doubles while batting .222.
  4. Jack Flaherty, who is scheduled to take the ball Tuesday, is 4-2 with a 1.01 ERA in his last 10 starts. In nine of those starts, he permitted two runs or less, and no pitcher has had more such starts since July 7.
  5. Madison Bumgarner, who is slated to pitch Wednesday, allowed a run over seven innings to beat the Padres on Friday for his 18th quality start of the season -- tied for fifth-most in the NL. In 12 starts vs. the Cards since 2012 -- including the playoffs -- Bumgarner has a 4.89 ERA -- his worst against any NL club.
  6. The Giants' Evan Longoria is slashing .380/.410/.634 in his last 18 games with 22 RBI to trail only Reds rookie Aristides Aquino's 23 RBI for the most in the NL since August 10. In 15 road games since July 1, Longoria has a .390/.448/.831 slash line with eight home runs and 23 RBI.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/2/2019 thru 9/5/2019
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The St. Louis Cardinals jumped into their four-game series against the San Francisco Giants unfazed by the grind of back-to-back doubleheaders against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals beat the Giants 3-1 on Monday for their fourth victory in five games -- all of them completed within a 51-hour period.

"They brought it every single pitch, all five games," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters of his players after the game.

Now, the Cardinals send one of their top starting pitchers, Jack Flaherty, against the Giants on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium for the second game of the series.

Flaherty (8-7, 3.31 ERA) has been one of baseball's hottest pitchers during the second half of the season. He was 4-1 with a 0.71 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 38 innings in six August starts. And in nine starts since the break, he has a 0.98 ERA over 55 1/3 innings.

Flaherty is 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA in three career starts against the Giants. But he pitched well in his last game against them, a 1-0 loss July 7.

The Giants will counter with starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez (5-7, 5.49), who struggled in his last two starts. He allowed 11 runs on 14 hits, including four homers, in just nine innings during matchups with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres.

In two career starts against the Cardinals he has no record and a 4.26 ERA.

The Cardinals didn't burn up their bullpen during their five-game marathon. They played clean baseball throughout and came away with only one minor injury, a strained calf muscle by backup catcher Matt Wieters.

"Actions speak louder than words. I'm really proud of this group," Shildt said. "Not surprised in the least. You saw zero decline in effort mentally and physically. It speaks to their habits and their competitive desire."

Adam Wainwright, the winning Cardinals pitcher Monday, said the five-game challenge got the team focused.

"It seemed like it almost locked us in almost," Wainwright told reporters. "Everybody realized what we had coming up and took it very seriously, everyone kept their energy levels up, recovered between games really well, put the time in, got a couple naps in between games. That's the most energy I've seen from a team in that short of time."

The Cardinals have won 19 of their last 24 games. They were stuck in neutral at 44-44 at the All-Star break, but they have gone 33-16 since then.

They lead the National League Central by three games over the second-place Chicago Cubs.

The Giants, meanwhile, have lost six of their last seven games and the 10 of their last 13 to fade from the NL wild card race.

They added Andrew Suarez and Kyle Barraclough to their bullpen Monday and put both to work right away. Barraclough, a former Miami Marlins closer, will be an ongoing reclamation project for the Giants this month.

"They presented some analytical stuff when I first got here that I've been trying to utilize as much as possible, and I've seen good results the last four or five outings," Barraclough told the San Francisco Chronicle after his promotion from Triple-A Sacramento. "It's basically throwing more off speed. I got really fastball reliant early in the year and probably wasn't utilizing my breaking ball and changeup as much as I should."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 3, 2019

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