The Cardinals are getting used to this.
Just a couple of days after spring training began, co-No. 1 starter Adam Wainwright was lost for the season because of elbow problems that required Tommy John surgery. Now, just one day after the regular season started, they've lost outfielder Matt Holliday for an indefinite period.
Holliday underwent an appendectomy
Friday, and he figures to be out at least a week or two. It's another big loss
-- Holliday went 3-for-4 with a home run in the 5-3 loss to
Holliday went home with pain in his side after Thursday's game. On Friday, it was determined that it was an appendicitis attack.
The team was expected to decide Saturday or Sunday whether the outfielder would be placed on the 15-day disabled list, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
--The Cardinals did some good things Thursday. But they did enough that wasn't good enough, and they gave away a game they should have won, falling to the Padres 5-3 in 11 innings.
Shortstop Ryan Theriot, making his
Cardinals debut, fumbled a bouncing throw from right fielder Jon Jay in the 11th
inning and then threw high to the plate as one
Three-time Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols, a .472 hitter for 10 previous Opening Days, rapped into three double plays and fouled out with a runner at third and one out. He ripped one ball particularly hard, but it was caught at the warning track in the eighth inning.
Left fielder Matt Holliday had three hits, including a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning. But Holliday got caught off second in the sixth when a baserunning gambit went awry and the Padres tricked the Cardinals with right-hander Tim Stauffer making an inside move to second.
Still, Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin, though hit hard by the first two batters in the San Diego ninth, was one out away from the save when Cameron Maybin swatted a 417-foot, game-tying homer to center.
Bryan Augenstein, the sixth Cardinals pitcher, suffered the loss in his Cardinals debut, giving up both runs in the 11th. Jason Motte and Mitchell Boggs, both important parts of the Cardinals' bullpen last year, didn't get into the game.
RHP Chris Carpenter worked seven prime innings, giving up just two hits and two runs. He struck out four and walked two while throwing 98 pitches, 57 for strikes. But he took himself to task for letting a cutter get too far over the plate when he was trying to pitch around Padres C Nick Hundley in the fifth inning, and Hundley hit a run-scoring double with the pitcher coming up next.
RHP Ryan Franklin, who hadn't blown a save at home since Sept. 19, 2009,—a stretch of 15 straight conversions—said he didn't think San Diego CF Cameron Maybin's game-tying homer in the ninth inning was going to go out. But Franklin said, "I'm not going to let one game affect me. I'm not going to let this one game, one pitch, bother me for the rest of the year. I'm not worried."
In a game in which the Cardinals' bullpen generally pitched well, RHP Bryan Augenstein suffered the loss in his Cardinals debut. Augenstein, who was victimized by SS Ryan Theriot's error, allowed three singles, but two of them were ground balls. "He got the loss, but did he pitch ineffectively?" manager Tony La Russa said. "I don't think so."
1B Albert Pujols grounded into three double plays for the first time in his career. He was 0-for-2 with men in scoring position after hitting .472 in Opening Day games in his career.
LF Matt Holliday knocked in the first run of the game with a two-out hit in the first inning. He led the National League with 50 two-out RBI last year.
BY THE NUMBERS:
5 - Consecutive times the Cardinals have lost a season opener at home.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"I had a bad day."
- 1B Albert Pujols, after he went 0-for-5 and hit into three double plays in the season opener.
RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will miss the entire 2011 season.
INF Nick Punto (hernia surgery in February 2011) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He hopes to return in late April.
LF Matt Holliday (appendectomy) underwent the procedure April 1. He figures to be out at least a week or two, and the team was weighing whether to place him on the disabled list.
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