Leading off the 11th
inning of a tie game, Jones rocketed a 2-2
The Cardinals have lost the first two games of this series and have fallen further behind the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who put the Cardinals seven games in arrears with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is almost becoming academic.
"It's a frustrating loss," said manager Tony La Russa. "We did some really good things to come back and to hang in there. ... It's a tough thing to take."
It marked the 11th time the Cardinals have suffered a walk-off loss in either the ninth inning or extra innings this season.
Asked how difficult a loss it was, La Russa said, "I don't really know how to answer that because nobody cares. They just care whether you won or lost. We lost. They won. If (people) want us to suffer some or me to suffer some or whatever, I guarantee you we will. They're not suffering alone."
RHP Fernando Salas
surrendered his sixth home run and blew his fourth save when
1B Albert Pujols hit his
National League-leading 30th homer of the season, extending his major league
record of 30-homer seasons from the start of a career to 11. The homer was his
Class AA Springfield right-hander Shelby Miller, the team's top pick in the 2009 draft, has been suspended indefinitely. General manager John Mozeliak, without elaboration, said the 20-year-old Miller had been set down for a "violation of team policy."
According to two sources,
the incident involved an altercation at an apartment in
To land speedy
LHP Raul Valdes, put on waivers last week when the Cardinals signed LHP Arthur Rhodes, was claimed by the New York Yankees.
RHP Chris Carpenter fanned 10 Tuesday, marking the high for a Cardinals pitcher this season. It was his 13th double-figure strikeout game, tying him with LHP Steve Carlton for second place on the Cardinals' career list. RHP Bob Gibson leads with 74.
BY THE NUMBERS: 4 for 23
- Cardinals' record with men in scoring position in the first two games of the
QUOTE TO NOTE: "If we
don't win and
- OF Lance Berkman.
RHP Edwin Jackson (right
hamstring cramp) left his Aug. 14 start early but said the next day that it
isn't a problem.
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.
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.
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