Cardinals Major League Notebook: 04/13/11

Chris Carpenter had his worst outing in almost six years and two Cardinals pitchers were injured in Tuesday's 13-8 loss to Arizona.



Slumping first baseman Albert Pujols had his first three-hit game of the season. He didn't belt any home runs (all his hits were singles) but right fielder Lance Berkman, third baseman David Freese and center fielder Colby Rasmus all did.

Berkman's was his third in two games, but all the Cardinals' homers on Tuesday were solo homers while Arizona hit three homers good for eight runs. And Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter, 4-0 against Arizona in his career, was dreadful. Result: The end to the Cardinals' two-game winning streak in a 13-8 loss.

Carpenter, giving up seven of the eight runs he allowed after he got the first two outs of the inning, never found his comfort zone on the mound although he said he warmed up well in the bullpen.

"I made good pitches and I made some bad pitches," said Carpenter. "I spun one in to (Justin) Upton and he hit it 500 feet."

Even so, the Cardinals climbed back to trail only 9-8 in the sixth, but for the second inning in succession, catcher Yadier Molina grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Injury was added to insult as the Cardinals potentially lost two pitchers to the disabled list in the game.

After giving up four runs in the sixth inning, former Diamondbacks right-hander Bryan Augenstein injured his right groin (he will be disabled) as he struck out Stephen Drew in the seventh. In the fifth, left-handed reliever Brian Tallet injured his glove (right) hand while he made a spectacular play at first base to end the inning, Tallet, lunging and then tumbling to the ground after taking a throw from first baseman Albert Pujols, tagged the bag with his glove before rolling over on his hand and colliding with Drew.

Right-hander Fernando Salas, who was up a half-dozen times last year, is a good candidate to be recalled to fill Augenstein's slot while the Cardinals will wait to see how the examination has gone on Tallet's hand after he has returned to St. Louis before they make another move.

Next game: Wed., Apr. 13 at D-BACKS: Jake Westbrook (0-1, 9.90) vs. Ian Kennedy (1-0, 2.57) 8:40 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network)



The eight earned runs allowed by RHP Chris Carpenter were the most he had allowed in a game since late in the 2005 season. His ERA entering the game was 2.08. "We scored a bunch of runs and I wasn't able to give our team a chance to win and that's unfortunate," said Carpenter, after a 13-8 loss at Arizona. "But I'm not going to dwell on it. I'll be better next time (Sunday in Los Angeles)."

SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Albert Pujols and RF Lance Berkman all had three hits. A season-high 16 hits were wasted as the Cardinals scored six or more runs for the third game in a row. In their first eight games, the Cardinals scored three or fewer in seven of them.

RHP Jason Motte continued his improved pitching by working 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Motte has recorded four outs without giving up a run in each of the last two nights.

The Cardinals' middle relief, one of the bright spots for the club in the first two weeks, suffered two hits when reliever Bryan Augenstein suffered a right groin injury that will send him to the disabled list and reliever Bryan Tallet injured his glove (right) hand making an outstanding fielding play at first base. Tallet will return to St. Louis Wednesday morning to see if there is a possible broken bone in the hand.

RHP Jake Westbrook, who sports a 9.90 earned run average after two starts, will seek his first win of the season Wednesday night in the series finale at Arizona. Pitching coach Dave Duncan said he was looking for an improvement in Westbrook's changeup.

   BY THE NUMBERS: 2 - Times this season the Cardinals have hit back-to-back homers (Monday and Tuesday).

   QUOTE TO NOTE: "There were a lot of good swings up and down the lineup. But it's a team game. We got beat."

- Manager Tony La Russa, after his team had 16 hits on Tuesday but still lost by five runs.




LHP Brian Tallet (right hand) was injured while fielding on April 12. Tallet will return to St. Louis on April 13 to see if there is a possible broken bone in the hand.

RHP Bryan Augenstein (right groin) was injured while pitching on April 12, and is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

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.

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.

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