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Cardinals turn to Kim, good-hands team to walk away with one win from San Diego

Cardinals turn to Kim, good-hands team to walk away with one win from San Diego

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St. Louis Cardinals vs San Diego Padres, Game 1 NL Wild Card Series

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim (33) throws a pitch in the first inning of Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at Petco Park in San Diego. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

SAN DIEGO — When last the Cardinals won a game at San Diego it was the start of the quickdraw playoff series at the end of the 2020 season and lefty Kwang Hyun Kim had the Game 1 start.

A new season, one of the largest crowds the Cardinals have played in front of yet, and a losing streak to stop before it truly starts, Kim closes out the Cardinals' road trip looking to do what he did in October: Take the one win in the series from the Padres. In back-to-back games, San Diego has set a club record for walks in a game at Petco Park (12) and then had a season high for hits as they stormed the Cardinals for a 13-3 drubbing Saturday.

The bullpen is stretched, but the late-inning standards are available because they haven't had a lead to hold in this visit to San Diego.

To back Kim, the Cardinals are going with arguably could be their best defensive lineup. The swift-working lefty sets a quick pace for any game, and he keeps it going best by getting grounders, inviting contact, and doing what the other pitchers in this series (Matt Carpenter excluded) have not. He'll throw strikes, and let the gloves behind work.

That means that Edmundo Sosa will get his first start at shortstop since Paul DeJong went on the 10-day injured list with a fractured rib.

Meanwhile for Memphis, Miles Mikolas has hit a two-run homer and pitched six shutout innings on 80 pitches. Mikolas struck out three, walked one, and allowed four hits. The righthander's outing Sunday is set to be the final rehab appearance before he rejoins the rotation, likely for a start against the Cubs next weekend.

Back to San Diego, and here's the aforementioned lineup:

1. Tommy Edman, 2B

2. Dylan Carlson, RF

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Nolan Arenado, 3B

5. Yadier Molina, C

6. Tyler O'Neill, LF

7. Harrison Bader, CF

8. Edmundo Sosa, SS

9. Kwang Hyun Kim, LHP

And then for the Padres:

1. Trent Grisham, CF

2. Manny Machado, 3B

3. Jake Cronenworth, 1B

4. Tommy Pham, LF

5. Austin Nola, C

6. Tucupita Marcano, 2B

7. Ha-Seong Kim, SS

8. Patrick Kivlehan, RF

9. Ryan Weathers, LHP

Check back throughout the evening here at StlToday.com for updates from Petco Park and the Cardinals game on Sunday Night Baseball.

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