Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 9/23)

Game 1: Friday, September 23
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Game 2: Saturday, September 24
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Game 3: Sunday, September 25
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Cardinals 6

(96-59, 49-30 away)

Brewers 9

(76-77, 42-33 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 23, 2005

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: C. Capuano (18-10)

    L: C. Carpenter (21-5)

    S: D. Turnbow (34)

    Carpenter seeks 22nd win while Cards close in on No. 100

    St Louis (96-58) at Milwaukee (75-77), 8:05 pm EDT

    MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Firmly entrenched with the National League's best record, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chris Carpenter can focus on a few personal goals the last 10 days of the season.

    The Cardinals clinched home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs when Atlanta lost to Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. However, St. Louis was not able to advance towards its quest for back-to-back 100-win seasons Thursday night, blowing a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning in a 6-2 loss to Cincinnati.

    Carpenter (21-4, 2.42 ERA) has enjoyed by the far the finest season of his career and is contending with Florida's Dontrelle Willis for the NL Cy Young Award. Willis picked up his 22nd victory Thursday night, putting the pressure on Carpenter to keep pace.

    The 30-year-old Carpenter has proven to be mortal the last two starts, allowing a total of eight runs and 15 hits in 10 1/3 innings. Still, Carpenter has won 13 straight decisions, dating to June 14. He has yielded two runs or fewer in 13 of 18 starts during that stretch.

    Carpenter owns a sensational 12-0 record with a 2.26 ERA on the road this season. He has squared off against the Brewers two times this year - both in April - posting a 2-0 mark with a 3.77 ERA.

    The Brewers counter with Chris Capuano (17-10, 3.64), who has been the team's best starter this season. The lefthander had a three-game winning streak snapped Sunday, when he yielded four runs in five frames of a 6-1 loss to Houston.

    Capuano is 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA in four career starts against the Cardinals, including victories in each of his starts against them this year.

    Milwaukee is coming off a series victory vs. the Chicago Cubs in which it took the first two games before dropping the finale, 3-0. The Brewers need seven wins in their final 10 games to finish over .500 for the first time since 1992.

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    Gameday Matchup

     St. LouisMilwaukee
    Current StreakW3L2
    Last 105-56-4

    Pitching Matchup

    St. LouisMilwaukee
    C. Carpenter
    21-5, 2.83 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs HOU
    6.0 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = ND
    C. Capuano
    18-12, 3.99 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/2 at PIT
    5.1 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.St. LouisMilwaukee
    1. D. Eckstein, SS B. Clark, CF
    2. S. Taguchi, CF J. Hardy, SS
    3. A. Pujols, 1B L. Overbay, 1B
    4. R. Sanders, LF C. Lee, LF
    5. M. Grudzielanek, 2B G. Jenkins, RF
    6. H. Luna, RF B. Hall, 2B
    7. Y. Molina, C R. Weeks, 2B
    8. A. Nunez, SS D. Miller, C
    9. C. Carpenter, P C. Capuano, P