Missions starter Nathan Culp turned in five solid innings, scattering seven hits without a walk and allowed just one earned run to pick up the win.■ Max Scherzer (04-06) is scheduled to get his first major league start of the season on Tuesday night against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium -- against St. Louis ace Cris Carpenter. AZ Snake Pit has a preview:
Speaking of one-hitters brings us to Tuesday's intriguing match-up, which will see the resurrected Chris Carpenter, who one-hit the Pirates last Thursday. Ok: it's the Pirates, but still... That game will also see the first start of Max Scherzer, so I'm taking the 'over' on strikeouts there.
■ InsideMizzou.com has a video and writeup on Max Scherzer in Rawhide Rehab start:
“Max Scherzer was so smooth. He was up to 97 and 98," reported Lake Elsinore catcher Luis Martinez. "He struck me out the first time and the second time he nailed me with a 95 mph fastball. He is an unbelievable talent. He is one of the better pitchers I have faced in my career.”