The Cardinals' flair for the dramatic was overshadowed Sunday.
Skip Schumaker's ninth-inning home
But the bigger news Sunday
occurred in the sixth inning, when Pujols left with a sprained left wrist. He
was hurt when
"It scared the hell out of all us," said manager Tony La Russa, who, like Pujols and the rest of the organization, was awaiting the results of X-rays and an MRI to be performed Monday. But La Russa said, "We've got a chance that it's bruised and not worse."
Pujols was smiling after the game but concerned about his wrist and, to a lesser degree, the shoulder wrenched on the play.
"(Betemit) hit me on my wrist and my shoulder," Pujols said. "He kind of jammed it back. As a first baseman, that's the toughest play to make, the ball that is running away. It's almost a bang-bang play. You can't let the ball go. You ... risk it, and hopefully don't get hurt.
"All I can tell you right now is that I'm pretty sore. Am I worried? Of course. But I've got faith in the Lord, and hopefully everything comes out negative (Monday)."
Pujols added, however, "When I come out of the game, something's really wrong."
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The Cardinals managed to get over the shock of losing Pujols. Schumaker's home run, off Royals reliever Tim Collins, was the first of his career in 390 plate appearances against a left-handed pitcher.
"I hit a few in the minors, not many," Schumaker said. "They don't come too often."
The Cardinals won the last two games of the three-game series, with all three decided by 5-4 scores.
--The Cardinals blew two saves and
nearly a third Sunday. The second blown save was assessed to RHP Fernando Salas,
who allowed a game-tying homer by
--1B Albert Pujols, an inning
before he was run into at first base and knocked out of the game, hit his 17th
homer of the season, his eighth this month. It also was his 16th against
--LHP Jaime Garcia gave up two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals. That raised his ERA at home to 0.81 for the season.
--2B Skip Schumaker hit the second walk-off home run of his career. It was his fifth walk-off hit overall. Just before Schumaker's game-winner, Royals RF Jeff Francoeur had thrown out Cardinals 3B Daniel Descalso, who had tried for second on a hit to right. "If (Descalso) would have gotten to second, Skip would have been bunting," manager Tony La Russa said.
--Rookie RF Andrew Brown had the first two-hit game of his week-long major league career. He had had just one hit in nine at-bats before he drove in two runs with a first-inning single.
BY THE NUMBERS: 4-2 -- The Cardinals' record in
the six interleague games with
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's a great one. We don't want to lose him. Ever."
-- Manager Tony La Russa, on the sprained left wrist suffered by 1B Albert Pujols.
--1B Albert Pujols (sprained left wrist) left the June 19 game. He was scheduled to have X-rays and an MRI on June 20.
--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 rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on June 20.
--3B David Freese (broken left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 2. He had surgery May 3. He is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class AAA Memphis on June 21, and he hopes to rejoin the Cardinals in late June.
--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
--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.
Mon., June 20: OPEN DATE