ST. LOUIS — An old friend of the St. Louis Cardinals' will be dropping by Busch Stadium on Friday night.
It won't be a social call, however, when former Cardinal Kyle Lohse takes the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a three-game series at 7:15 p.m.
Lohse, who was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA last season for the Cardinals but found himself unemployed throughout the winter, was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, but the game was postponed.
Lohse signed a three-year, $33 million deal with the Brewers on March 25 and has made one start, receiving no decision despite allowing one run in six innings last Friday against Arizona.
Rookie Shelby Miller (1-0, 3.38 ERA) will pitch for the Cardinals, who won two out of three from the Cincinnati Reds in their first series at home. Miller allowed two runs (earned) on four hits in 5 1/3 innings Saturday at San Francisco.
Miller will be making his second career start at Busch Stadium.
After racking up 15 runs in the final two games against Cincinnati, the Cardinals probably weren't eager for their off day Thursday.
They obliterated Reds pitching Tuesday and Wednesday, generating 23 hits and five home runs.
Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter each homered in a 10-0 win Wednesday in which Jake Westbrook posted his first shutout since 2006.
"All the way around, it's a good way to win the series and get prepared for Milwaukee rolling in," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
While Adams' big bat has garnered much of the attention in recent days, it's been Carpenter quietly going about his business.
Carpenter has sizzled at the plate while playing third base and second base, and his four hits Wednesday matched a career-high.
The left-handed hitter is batting .400 (14-for-35) with six RBIs and he leads the National League in runs scored with 11. His five doubles and 14 hits are tied for the league lead.
"We just want to get our rest and recover both mentally and physically and come back Friday ready to go," said Carpenter after Wednesday's game. "We're looking forward to that series against Milwaukee and hopefully we can use the momentum we got today and carry that into this weekend."
Matheny is challenged to find a spot for Carpenter every game. David Freese will get the majority of the time at third base and Daniel Descalso will be a frequent contributor at second.
"We certainly appreciate how he's going out playing --either second base or third," Matheny said of Carpenter. "He's doing a nice job defensively and the statistics speak for themselves offensively. He's doing a real nice job at the plate."
The pitching pairings for the remainder of the Milwaukee series are: Adam Wainwright (1-1, 3.46 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (0-0, 5.73 ERA), 3:15 p.m. Saturday; and Jaime Garcia (1-0, 2.92 ERA) vs. Marco Estrada (1-0, 4.50 ERA) at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.
Gallardo is 1-9 with a 6.72 ERA in 14 career starts against the Cardinals, allowing 17 homers in 73 2/3 innings.
Gallardo's lone win against St. Louis came on May 7, 2011, at Busch Stadium, a 4-0 decision in which he outdueled Lohse. Gallardo carried a no-hitter through seven innings before allowing a single to Descalso to lead off the eighth.
Wainwright, meanwhile, is 8-6 with a 2.07 ERA in 24 career games, including 17 starts, against Milwaukee.
Stan Musial's life and legacy will be honored before the game Friday. Musial's four children will be on hand to help dedicate a plaque in honor of their late father, who died Jan. 19.
Members of the Gateway Harmonica Club of St. Louis will perform "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and will be playing for fans in the stadium throughout the game.
All ticketed fans ages 16 and older will be given a collectible Musial harmonica and commemorative box.
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