It is rare when right-hander Chris Carpenter is given a 4-1 lead and he can't hold it. Rarer still is the game in which Carpenter drives in a run with a single and another with the second homer of his career.
Carpenter couldn't get
the ball down enough in a six-run
The six earned runs were
the second most Carpenter (15-6) has allowed this season. He was tagged for
seven earned runs in three innings against
"A lot happened there in about 10, 15 minutes," Carpenter said of Friday's loss. "My arm felt good; my stuff was good. That's a game we should win. I didn't pitch well enough.
"That one inning cost me."
Manager Tony La Russa said that inning shouldn't have been so productive. "They should have marked in that inning, but it shouldn't have been a six-spot," said La Russa. "It should have been three, maybe four."
La Russa called rookie Jay an "excellent outfielder. He makes that play. But that's part of baseball. Carp wasn't perfect. Jay's not perfect."
BRAVES 8, CARDINALS
6: The Cardinals
lost to Atlanta for the first time in six meetings and, more significantly, RHP
Chris Carpenter wasn't able to hold a three-run lead (he had provided two runs
himself). Carpenter gave up six earned runs two days after LHP Jaime Garcia
allowed seven in a game at
NOTES AND QUOTES
Though the offense has
dropped off since the trade of RF Ryan Ludwick to
RHP Chris Carpenter was
an .098 hitter before he singled in a run in the second and hit an
opposite-field homer in the fourth. His first homer had been a grand slam last
Manager Tony La Russa continues to sit left-handed-hitting 2B Skip Schumaker against a left-handed starter. But the reserves continue to do little. Rookie Tyler Greene, playing second base, was hitless in five at-bats Friday and showed little patience at bat.
LF Matt Holliday is finishing strong. He already has knocked in 10 runs this month and has 91 for the season.
RHP Jake Westbrook, who has gone at least six innings in each of his first seven starts for the Cardinals, will make another effort for his second win on Saturday. Then, on Sunday night, RHP Kyle Lohse, who has just two wins, tries for better results.
By the Numbers:
12-6 - The Cardinals' final record
against the division-leading Reds.
Quote to Note:
"At less than 100 percent, he's still a great player."
- Manager Tony La Russa, saying that 1B Albert Pujols isn't at top form physically in the midst of a recent swoon.
LHP Trever Miller (left forearm strain) did not pitch Sept. 7-9. He might be able to return during the week of Sept. 13-19.
C Jason LaRue (concussion) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 13. He was moved to the 60-day DL on Aug. 19, ending his season.
RHP Adam Ottavino (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 17. He won't need surgery, but he is out for the season.
3B David Freese (right ankle surgery) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 15. He was originally out due to a bone bruise on his right ankle, and then he broke his left big toe in mid-July. He tore a right ankle tendon Aug. 2 in his first rehab game with Class AA Springfield, and he had season-ending surgery Aug. 6.
RHP Brad Penny (strained upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He threw bullpen sessions June 28 and July 1 but had to cut short a bullpen session July 6 because of tightness in his triceps area. He underwent an MRI on July 7, which found nothing that hadn't been diagnosed before. As of Aug. 5, he was playing catch but not throwing off a mound. Penny is out indefinitely.