Cardinals Major League Notebook: 08/04/11

The Cardinals lost two of three at first-place Milwaukee with a Wednesday afternoon defeat. Edwin Jackson took the loss.



In baseball parlance, right-hander Edwin Jackson "took one for the team" Wednesday.

Making his second start for the Cardinals, Jackson was roughed up for and 14 hits and 10 runs, eight earned, over seven innings in a 10-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He allowed four home runs, three to Casey McGehee. Jackson remained in the game as long as he did because the Cardinals had used six relievers the night before, and one of them who might have pitched Wednesday, right-hander Kyle McClellan, rolled his right ankle and wasn't available.

Catcher Yadier Molina said, "I know the result wasn't there, but I'm impressed. The guy gave everything he's got. I take my hat off."

Manager Tony La Russa said, "We're playing 20 (days) in a row. He took it for us. We appreciate it."

The game was not without its highlights for Jackson, who got his first two hits of the season. But his location was spotty, at best.

"Obviously it was a bad game for me, personally," Jackson said. "But it wasn't that bad when it started. I was feeling good. The thing wasn't going right for me. It's part of the game. This is baseball. Too bad it happened here."

It is believed that no Cardinals pitcher has given up three homers to the same hitter in a game since Steve Carlton to Cincinnati's Johnny Bench in 1970.

McGehee had just five homers before the game.

"He hit some pitches that I thought were pretty good; he hit some that weren't. It's just one of those days," Jackson said.

By losing the series, the Cardinals fell back 3 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central race. St. Louis will play Milwaukee three games at home next week and then six more times by Sept. 7.


Related article: "Jackson joins double-digit runs yielded list" at The Cardinal Nation Blog.


C Yadier Molina is expected to get word Thursday as to the punishment for bumping plate umpire Rob Drake after being ejected for arguing a third strike Tuesday. Drake also acted as if he had been spat on, but Molina said it was sweat and denied spitting on Drake. Molina played Wednesday and went 1-for-3. However, the three-time Gold Glove winner contributed to two unearned runs with a passed ball and a wild throw on a steal attempt.

SS Rafael Furcal already has made his presence felt in his first three starts for the Cardinals. He's handled every chance that has come way in the field, and he cracked his first Cardinals homer Wednesday, a three-run drive that gave St. Louis a brief 5-4 lead at Milwaukee.

1B Albert Pujols played with a bruised left wrist, an injury that occurred when he was hit by a high, inside pitch Tuesday. He went 0-for-5 and finished the series 1-for-14. "He'll never admit to anything. It is what it is," manager Tony La Russa said. "I'm sure he's sore. No excuses."

But La Russa still was concerned that Pujols - or even somebody else - could be hurt by an up-and-in pitch during the testy series against the Brewers.

"I was concerned every time they threw the ball up and in - four times on him in two days," La Russa said. "The ball just missed him three times. They got him real good. I don't know what it's going to take - a broken jaw or a fractured hand? It is unintentional, but it's intentionally thrown up and in, and that's a dangerous thing. Just get the ball down, like we did (against Ryan Braun)." Braun was hit in the back by Cardinals RHP Jason Motte after Pujols was hit.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1-5 - -The Cardinals' record at Miller Park this year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The funniest one, a guy was yelling, 'I hope you get shingles again.' It's just stupid."

- Manager Tony La Russa, on being jeered by Milwaukee fans.




RHP Kyle McClellan (ankle) left the Aug. 2 game. He didn't pitch Aug. 3.

INF Nick Punto (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list July 29.

RHP Eduardo Sanchez (mild right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on July 7 but had renewed soreness soon after and was shut down until late August or early September. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 31.

OF Allen Craig (broken right kneecap) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 8. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Memphis on July 23.

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.


Thu., Aug. 4 at MARLINS: Kyle Lohse (9-7, 3.33) vs. Anibal Sanchez (6-4, 3.74) 6:10 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network).


<a href='' target='_new' title='Jackson struggles to slow down Brewers' bats'>Video: Jackson struggles to slow down Brewers' bats</a>
Tony TV: Edwin Jackson and Tony La Russa discuss the Cardinals' struggles from the mound in their 10-5 loss to Milwaukee.

<a href='' target='_new' title='Pujols reacts to being hit by pitch'>Video: Pujols reacts to being hit by pitch</a>
Albert Pujols discusses the bruise and his hand after being hit by a pitch in Milwaukee.

<a href='' target='_new' title='Motte on pitching inside against Brewers'>Video: Motte on pitching inside against Brewers</a>
Jason Motte discusses his pitch selection against Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.

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