Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Brewers-Cardinals series:
MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1. Corey Hart, RF 1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Jerry Hairston, 3B 2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF
5. Rickie Weeks, 2B 5. Matt Holliday, LF
6. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS 6. David Freese, 3B
7. Carlos Gomez, CF 7. Yadier Molina, C
8. Jonathan Lucroy, C 8. Nick Punto, 2B
SP Zack Greinke, RHP SP Jaime Garcia, LHP
With a left-hander on the mound for the Cardinals the Brewers have Carlos Gomez starting over Nyjer Morgan in their usual center field platoon and Corey Hart is back in the lineup after a one-day benching in favor of Mark Kotsay.
And with a right-hander on the mound for the Brewers the Cardinals have Lance Berkman back in there as the cleanup hitter following a one-game benching in favor of Allen Craig. Tony La Russa is going with Nick Punto over Ryan Theriot at second base.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.