Cardinals Major League Notebook: 06/18/11

The Cardinals returned home but their losing streak grew to seven after a loss to Kansas City on Friday night.

INSIDE PITCH

 

   And now right-hander Chris Carpenter is 1-7 in 15 starts this season.

  

   Despite fanning seven and walking just one and allowing nothing more than a single -- though there were 10 of them --  he lost 5-4 to Kansas City on Friday night on Gold Glove first baseman Albert Pujols' fourth error in three games but his first in that time at first base.

 

   Pujols had been playing third base in the previous two games when he erred.

 

   And now the Cardinals have no wins to show for their last seven starts.  "Losing stinks," said Carpenter.

 

   Manager Tony La Russa called it "horrible," that Carpenter had suffered the loss. "That's a strong word, but that's how I feel," said La Russa.

 

   Carpenter said, "It's a loss. I could have pitched a little better. And then. . . first and second and nobody out (in the sixth inning) and I didn't get the bunt down. There are certain things I know I could have done better (Friday)."

 

   But Carpenter added, "I'm not going to sit here and fret on what's going on. I'm not scared to call myself out or question myself if I'm not doing what I need to do. There are all kinds of silly things you can analyze in a game, but if I sit there and do that, I'll have no chance to pitch the next time. I'll drive myself crazy."

 

   The play Pujols didn't make on Alcides Escobar's grounder was not routine. "He's a Gold Glover," said manager Tony La Russa. "He's not happy, but it's a nasty play."

 

NOTES, QUOTES

 

   --RF Lance Berkman doubled in three runs in the third inning, marking the seventh time this season he had knocked in three or more runs in a game. He had been two for his last 16 until his hit off Kansas City RHP Felipe Paulino.

 

   --The four runs the Cardinals scored in the third inning were the most they have scored for RHP Chris Carpenter in any inning this season.

 

   --3B David Freese, recovering from a broken left hand suffered when he was hit by a pitch on May 1 in Atlanta, is set to begin a rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday for Class AAA Memphis. Freese said he hoped to rejoin the Cardinals in time for their trip to Baltimore and Tampa Bay on June 28-July 3.

 

   --INF Nick Punto, out a month with a right forearm problem, said he expected to be assigned on a rehabilitation option to Class AA Springfield next week.

 

   --SS Ryan Theriot sat out Friday's game, still bothered by soreness in his left knee area. Theriot had an MRI on Friday.

 

   --CF Colby Rasmus, 17 for his last 100, sat out the start although he pinch hit, striking out, in the eighth. Rasmus said he had felt fine physically and thought he actually had been hitting in some bad luck. "I can't figure it," said Rasmus. "I feel like I've got some terrible luck right now, to be honest with you. Other people might not see it like that."

 

   --Manager Tony La Russa, who passed the 5,000-game mark for total big-league games managed  last week, reached 2,500 as Cardinals manager Friday.  "The last time we started to talk about number of games managed, we haven't won a game since," said La Russa. "So I'm going to totally ignore it."

  

BY THE NUMBERS: 2-11 -- RHP Chris Carpenter's record in his last 20 starts over two seasons.

  

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You have to feel for the whole team. This is not about Carp. This is not about myself. This is about the whole ball club." -- 1B Albert Pujols, after RHP Chris Carpenter had dropped to 1-7 and the Cardinals had dropped their seventh straight game.

 

ROSTER REPORT

 

  MEDICAL WATCH:

 

   --SS Ryan Theriot (sore left knee) did not play June 16-17. He had an MRI on June 17. He is day-to-day.

 

   --RHP Eduardo Sanchez (mild right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage.

 

   --OF Allen Craig (bruised right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 8. He will be out until July.

 

   --C Gerald Laird (broken right index finger) went on the 15-day disabled list May 23. He will be out until July.

 

   --INF Nick Punto (right forearm flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18. He expects to begin a rehabilitation assignment the week of June 20-26 at Class AA Springfield.

 

   --3B David Freese (broken left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 2. He had surgery May 3. He is set to being a rehabilitation assignment June 21 for Class AAA Memphis. Freese said he hoped to rejoin the Cardinals in time for their trip to Baltimore and Tampa Bay on June 28-July 3.

 

   --RHP Bryan Augenstein (strained right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list April 13. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 16. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Palm Beach on June 7 and moved up to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.

 

   --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.

 

NEXT GAME

 

Sat., June 18 vs. ROYALS: Jake Westbrook (6-4, 5.16) vs. Vin Mazzaro (1-1, 10.80) 6:15 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network).


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