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,"
It is believed that no
Cardinals pitcher has given up three homers to the same hitter in a game since
Steve Carlton to
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
By losing the series, the
Cardinals fell back 3 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central race.
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
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
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
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.
VIDEO FROM FOXSPORTSMIDWEST.COM
Tony TV: Edwin Jackson and Tony La Russa discuss the Cardinals' struggles from the mound in their 10-5 loss to Milwaukee.
Albert Pujols discusses the bruise and his hand after being hit by a pitch in Milwaukee.
Jason Motte discusses his pitch selection against Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.