Cards go for seventh win in eight games against scuffling Mariners

News-DemocratSeptember 14, 2013 

— Shane Robinson and Brock Peterson are part of manager Mike Matheny's lineup Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals go for their seventh win in eight games.

First pitch against the Seattle Mariners, losers of five in a row, is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Rookies Michael Wacha (3-0, 2.72), of the Cardinals, and left-hander James Paxton (1-0, 1.50 ERA), of the Mariners, are the starting pitchers.

Matheny said the right-handed-hitting Peterson, hitting seventh, is playing first base because Adams is batting just .214 against lefties.

"We're still trying to get 'Patch' locked in," Matheny said of Adams. "Sometimes that's easier against a right-hander than it it some of these lefties. The hard-throwing lefty that we (face) today, righties have had some success against him."

Paxton did not allow a home run against left-handed hitters this season at Class AAA Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League. Right-handed hitters batted .294 against Paxton.

That also explains Jon Jay's absence from the lineup. Robinson substitutes for Jay and bats second.

Wacha has not allowed a run in his last five games, including two starts, covering 19 2/ 3 innings.

"It comes down to executing pitches, and he's been able to really do a nice job this time as opposed to when we saw him earlier in the season," Matheny said. "He was a little erratic. He's doing a nice job of controlling the bottom of the strike zone."

Here are the lineups:


1. Matt Carpenter, 2B

2. Shane Robinson, CF

3. Matt Holliday, LF

4. Carlos Beltran, RF

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. David Freese, 3B

7. Brock Peterson, 1B

8. Pete Kozma, SS

9. Michael Wacha, P

MARINERS (65-82)

1. Brad Miller, SS

2. Franklin Gutierrez, RF

3. Kyle Seager, 3B

4. Kendrys Morales, 1B

5. Raul Ibanez, LF

6. Michael Saunders, CF

7. Mike Zunino, C

8. Dustin Ackley, 2B

9. James Paxton, P

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