Holland wants better results when Cardinals host Brewers

Francois Beauchemin Kids Jersey As first impressions go, Greg Holland’s debut with the St. Louis Cardinals Monday night wasn’t the one for which he hoped.
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Authentic Babe Ruth Jersey The team’s new closer made his debut in a tie game in the 10th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers and walked four of the five hitters he faced, including Orlando Arcia to force home the game-winning run in Milwaukee’s 5-4 decision.

Holland hopes to get back on the horse Tuesday night when the Cardinals and Brewers continue their three-game series in Busch Stadium.

No matter how it’s parsed, it was the third loss in four games on St. Louis’ season-opening homestand. It will have to win the last two games of the series to gain a 3-3 split. It would appear to have a good chance to rebound Tuesday night with Carlos Martinez (1-1, 2.84) Oliver Ekman-Larsson Jersey on the mound.

Martinez baffled Milwaukee (6-5) Wednesday night at Miller Park, firing 8 1/3 shutout innings and fanning 10 in a 6-0 win that continued his career-long domination of the Brewers. In 24 career outings, including 13 starts, Martinez is 6-4 with a 1.98 earned run average and 101 strikeouts in 91 innings.

Left-hander Brent Suter (1-1, 6.30) will take the ball for Milwaukee. After winning his first start at San Diego on March 31, he was roughed up by the Chicago Cubs Thursday night in an 8-0 defeat, giving up eight hits and five runs over five innings. He’s 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six career outings against the Cardinals.

The Brewers’ win Monday night reinforced an early-season trend. They have won five of their six games in their last at-bat.

We’ve been a little bit of a high-wire act for a little over a year now, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said to MLB.com following a walk-off victory Friday night against the Chicago Cubs.

The crew chief in Friday night’s game between the Orioles and Yankees said replay confirmed a controversial call that occurred late in the game but added that an earlier call incorrectly benefited the Yankees.

Sabathia left Friday’s game after pitching the first four innings of the Orioles’ 14-inning win. He allowed four hits and three runs on only 58 pitches. He didn’t show signs of trouble with the hip while he was on the field, but he said he started feeling the soreness as he finished his warm-up pitches in the third inning.

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