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  W: D. Hudson (3-2)   L: J. Junis (1-1)
11:15 AM PT12:15 PM MT1:15 PM CT2:15 PM ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 11:15 AM MST1:15 PM EST1:45 PM VEN22:15 UAE12:15 PM CT, May 14, 2022
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 44,537

Giants aim to extend winning streak vs. Cardinals

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Giants and Cardinals split a four-game series in San Francisco last week with St. Louis winning the first two games (7-1, 3-2) and the Giants winning the last two (13-7, 4-3). The Cardinals have won nine of their last 11 games against the Giants in St. Louis, dating back to May 2017.
  2. The Giants' current five-game winning streak matches their season high, done twice before (April 12-17 and April 22-26). San Francisco has scored 41 runs in its last five games, its highest run total over any five-game span this season.
  3. Logan Webb has won his last three starts (including a victory against the Cardinals in his last game), despite allowing at least three runs in each game (5.09 ERA in 17.2 innings). The Giants scored a total of 34 runs in those three games (12-3, 9-3 and 13-7).
  4. The Cardinals have a .280 team batting average with runners in scoring position this season, sixth-highest in the major leagues, and their pitchers have a .201 opponents batting average with RISP, fifth-lowest in the majors.
  5. Juan Yepez had at least one hit in each of his seven games in the majors before going 0-for-3 against the Orioles yesterday. Since 1969, three other players have begun their MLB careers with hit streak of at least seven games while playing for the Cards: Terry Pendleton in 1984, Bo Hart in 2003 and Magneuris Sierra in 2017.
  6. Jordan Hicks is 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in four starts since the Cardinals put him in their rotation. Hicks set career highs for innings pitched (4.1) and pitches thrown (68) when he faced the Giants in San Francisco last Friday.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/13/2022 thru 5/15/2022
(AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Right-hander Dakota Hudson will try to regain his command for the St. Louis Cardinals when they host the San Francisco Giants on Saturday in the middle game of a three-game series.

The Giants defeated the Cardinals 8-2 Friday to extend their winning streak to six games. St. Louis lost for the fifth time in six games.

In his previous start, also against San Francisco on Sunday, Hudson (2-2, 3.56 ERA) allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four in a no-decision during a game the Giants won 4-3.

"We've seen what he's capable of when he pounds the zone," Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said after that contest. "Can he get away from it as much as he's on the ground and getting double plays? Yeah, it works most of the time.

"That's the thing with sinkerballers. You'll have games where you're just behind every baseball and it's a clean 80 pitches, you're in the seventh and feeling great. There are going to be days where four or five of those get through and you're going, 'This isn't looking good.' "

It was the third time in six starts this year that Hudson failed to work at least five innings. He will try to refocus for the rematch.

"In a day when you don't have command, I think everyone has some way to figure a way back to the zone," Hudson said. "My usual way wasn't there. So, it was like, 'Let me find something else.' I threw everything. Just did my best to keep us where we were and have a chance to win."

Hudson is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in five career appearances against the Giants, including three starts. He will face an offense that has outscored opponents 49-20 during the winning streak.

With injured players returning to active duty, Giants manager Gabe Kapler is able to play the matchup game.

"One of the strengths of our club last year, one of the best teams you could possibly imagine, was our bench was strong and deep and very dependable," Kapler said.

He used 13 different hitters Friday, and Evan Longoria delivered a two-run, pinch-hit double.

Jakob Junis (1-0, 1.20 ERA) will make his second start of the season for the Giants. In his Sunday start against the Cardinals, he allowed two runs -- on Juan Yepez's two-run homer -- on three hits and two walks in five innings. Junis fanned five.

The right-hander hasn't recorded a decision in five career appearances against St. Louis, including four starts. He has a 3.05 ERA in 20 2/3 innings vs. the Cardinals, and he is catching them in the midst of an offensive slump.

St. Louis has scored three runs or fewer in four of the past five games.

"We have to combat it," Marmol said. "They have some good arms coming. When we go to New York (to play the Mets), there will be good arms as well. These are the guys we're going to have to put some quality at-bats together against and change it around."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 14, 2022

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