The Cardinals have put themselves
in the position of having to win at least one of the next two games at home
The Cardinals, coming off a four-game sweep at Florida, failed in their sixth attempt at running a winning streak to five games and lost rookie reliever Lance Lynn in the process.
Manager Tony La Russa said he wasn't exactly sure what the injury was, but he knew it was severe.
"I don't see how he can avoid the (disabled list)," said La Russa. "It's a big hit for us. He's been a very useful contributor. We'll find somebody else."
Right-handers Kyle McClellan and Octavio Dotel, who suffered the loss in the 10th inning, also are competent late inning relievers, but La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan had the bullpen operating just about the way they wanted to before Lynn's injury.
The Cardinals stranded at
least 10 runners for the 10th time in 10 games against
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1B Albert Pujols was held
hitless for the third time in his last four games against
RHP Chris Carpenter, the
staff ace, will be moved ahead of RHP Kyle Lohse, as expected, to make the start
in the Thursday finale of the three-game series with the Brewers. RHP Jake Westbrook, who has been more effective than Lohse lately, will work Wednesday,
with Lohse, who didn't last past the third inning in his last start, to pitch
Friday against Colorado. "I know (in previous years) he's went out there at less
than 100 percent," manager Tony La Russa said. "We don't need him to do that. He
says he's healthy. He says he feels good. Give him an extra few days and get out
OF-INF Allen Craig, who has been on rehabilitation option at Class AAA Memphis as he recovers from a broken right kneecap, has rejoined the team. He likely will be activated on Wednesday when suspended C Yadier Molina also returns to action. The Cardinals probably will go from three catchers to two, suggesting that rookie C Tony Cruz might go back to Class AAA Memphis until Sept. 1.
3B David Freese, showing no ill effects from the mild concussion he suffered when he hit was in the left side of his helmet by a pitch Thursday, was back in the starting lineup for the first time since the injury and had two singles, scored a run and drove in a run in five at-bats.
C Gerald Laird had a costly passed ball, which led to a run, but he also had two key hits on balls that were out of the strike zone. Laird scored one of the Cardinals' three runs and drove in another.
RHP Edwin Jackson, facing
the Brewers for the second time in six days, allowed only two earned runs, on a
third-inning homer off a slider by Milwaukee RF Corey Hart, in six innings. That
contrasted to the eight earned runs he had given up last week in seven innings.
"But we didn't win the game, so how I pitched is irrelevant," said
BY THE NUMBERS: .128 and
.148 - The respective batting averages against
QUOTE TO NOTE: "They're in front of us for a reason. They've got a great team. It's going to be pretty tough to beat them."
- RF Lance Berkman on the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
3B David Freese (mild concussion, head contusion) left the Aug. 4 game, and he didn't play Aug. 5-7. He was back in the starting lineup Aug. 9.
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 and was expected to return the second week of August.
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.
Aug. 10 vs. BREWERS: Jake Westbrook (9-5, 4.83) vs. Randy Wolf (8-8, 3.61) 7:15
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Manager Tony La Russa, Edwin Jackson and Lance Berkman share their thoughts on Tuesday's loss.