Two of the Cardinals' meal tickets -- right-hander Chris Carpenter and catcher Yadier Molina each committed two errors Wednesday night. It was a first for Carpenter, and it was only the second time Molina has ever done that in a game.
The Cardinals, however,
had no defense for
The homer was the first blemish for Sanchez, who had been spectacular since being called up a couple of weeks ago and had moved into the closer's role.
Sanchez (1-1), the fourth Cardinals pitcher, walked Hanley Ramirez to start the ninth -- the Cardinals thought they had Ramirez struck out.
Molina said Sanchez then
made a mistake to
"At this level, you cannot make that mistake," Molina said. "If you make those mistakes, they're going to make you pay for it."
Carpenter (0-2) went a
seventh straight start without a victory, the longest such stretch at the start
of a season in his career. He had gone six without a win in his first year in
the majors, with
In some of his five no-decisions Carpenter deserved to win, but he agreed he didn't pitch well enough to deserve this victory. "Obviously, it wasn't what I was looking for," said Carpenter.
C Yadier Molina committed two errors, both throwing errors. One was at first base as he tried to complete a double play but was knocked off balance by a clean slide by Florida LF Emilio Bonifacio. "Too bad for us," said Molina. "That was a good play by him." On the other, he threw wide of second on a stolen-base try. The three-time Gold Glover has thrown out five of 15 baserunners this season. "That's terrible," said Molina. "I feel like I'm throwing the ball pretty good, but my percentage is bad. Worst in my career."
RHP Chris Carpenter is just 1-6 over his last 12 starts covering two seasons, and the Cardinals are only 2-10 in those games.
The Cardinals still are in first place in the National League Central despite not having a victory from either of the two aces they thought they would have—Carpenter and injured Adam Wainwright—and with their three-time Most Valuable Player, 1B Albert Pujols, hitting .233. Their former closer, Ryan Franklin, had blown four out of five save opportunities. Manager Tony La Russa, asked if he could have envisioned being in first place under such circumstances, said, "You would know it's possible, but it wouldn't be what you expect. It says a lot about the depth and pitching on the ballclub."
RHP Kyle McClellan, who was plucked from the bullpen to take RHP Adam Wainwright's spot, is 4-0, and the team is 6-0 when he starts. "I feel pretty good with the things that I've done," said McClellan. "There are some things that I obviously want to improve on. But, as a whole, if you had told me before the season started that this is where I would be, I'd have been real happy with that."
RHP Kyle Lohse, who threw
a bullpen session on Wednesday two days after being drilled in the right shin by
a smash hit by
BY THE NUMBERS: 4 - Consecutive one-run losses the Cardinals have suffered. They are 3-8 in one-run games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's nobody better than him right now. You talk about weapons. He's the complete package. Everything you look for."
- Manager Tony La Russa on Florida RHP Josh Johnson, who will face the Cardinals on Thursday.
3B David Freese (broken left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 2. He will have surgery May 3, and he is expected to be out until mid- to late July.
2B Skip Schumaker (strained right triceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 16. He hopes to return in May.
LHP Bryan Tallet (fractured right hand) went on 15-day disabled list April 13. He was throwing but not catching in early May, and the timetable for his return was uncertain.
RHP Bryan Augenstein (strained right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list April 13.
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.
May 5 vs. MARLINS: Jake Westbrook (2-2, 6.53) vs. Josh Johnson (3-0, 0.88) 12:45
p.m. CDT (FOX Sports