04/24/2004 1:40 AM ET
Williams seeks more Miller magic
St. Louis (9-8) at Milwaukee (9-9), 1:05 p.m. CT
By Abe Winter / Special to MLB.com
The numbers tell you that Woody Williams feels right at home in Milwaukee.
|Woody Williams struggled Sunday but adamantly denied any problems with his shoulder. (Rick Silva/AP)
The veteran righthander is 9-4 all-time against the Brewers. At Miller Park he's a perfect 3-0 with a miniscule 1.17 ERA.
Williams pitched three innings, giving up two runs, in a no-decision in his first start this season at home against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee pitching staff is in disarray and the team didn't announce its starter for Saturday's game until after Friday night's game. Chris Capuano was scheduled to start but was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.
Thursday's 15-inning game, in which the Brewers lost 11-9 to Arizona, also played havoc with the pitching staff.
Pitching matchup0-1, 7.98 ERA in 2004
0-0, 6.00 vs. Brewers in 2003
9-4, 3.42 lifetime vs. MIL
MIL: Chris Saenz
Major League debut
First appearance vs. STL
Players to watch
STL: RHP Woody Williams
Scott Rolen had his 12-game hitting streak ended Friday, but he leads the majors with 26 RBIs, a personal best in April. He has eight home runs. Ironically, he started the weekend batting only .200 (3-for-15) against left-handers. But he was .431 (22-51) against right-handers until going 0-for-4 Friday.
"If you score five or six runs, you better win that ballgame because there's going to be a lot of games where it's going to be 2-1 and you may come up short sometimes." -- St. Louis reliever Ray King on the number of good pitchers in the NL Central.
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Official game notes
MIL: No TV
STL: KMOX 1120 AM
MIL: WMCS 1290 AM
Chris Carpenter allowed doubles to two of the first three batters he faced Friday. ... Carpenter singled in the third inning for his first hit in the NL. He had two hits with Toronto in the AL. ... The Cardinals have scored 19 runs in the three starts by Williams, who has given up 11 runs in his last two starts. ... Jim Edmonds, who was 1-for-14 in the three-game series at Houston, was robbed of a hit by diving 2B Junior Spivey in the second inning Friday.
The Miller Park roof likely will be closed Saturday.
Saturday: St. Louis at Milwaukee, 1:05 p.m. CT
Sunday: St. Louis at Milwaukee, 1:05 CT
Tuesday: Philadelphia at St. Louis, 7:10 p.m. CT
Abe Winter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.