Even with a ruckus precipitated by
Chris Carpenter, who had
been only 5-6 with a 5.05 earned run average against
The first out of the ninth was Morgan, who struck out and then yelled something at Carpenter before hurling a wad of tobacco toward the mound as he walked toward the dugout. Morgan, who said Carpenter had cursed him first (Carpenter insisted he said nothing to Morgan) then heard from Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who was not happy about Morgan's antics.
Pujols came in from his position and, meanwhile, Morgan had fired back more invective, causing benches and bullpens to empty before order was restored by the umpires. Morgan was ejected for throwing his tobacco.
"He's a good player," said Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker. "But he needs to calm some of his antics down. People are forgetting he's a good player because of some of the stuff he does on the field."
Pujols said, "When (Morgan) got a double, he was screaming. Yesterday, he was screaming, which I don't mind. Do whatever you want. But when you strike out like that and try to throw your chew to the mound ... sometimes he goes overboard. ... Come on, man, you've got to be more professional than that.
"I'm nobody to judge. I've made my mistakes sometimes, so I don't throw the first rock. Everybody's got their own issues."
Morgan has had issues
with both the Cardinals and Carpenter before when he played for
The Cardinals moved
within 6 1/2 games of
SS Rafael Furcal, besides
playing another strong game defensively, hit his fifth homer off
CF Jon Jay, whose three
hits gave him his fifth consecutive multi-hit game, made the defensive play of
the night when he made a sliding catch on a drive by
Manager Tony La Russa has
juggled his rotation a bit for the
3B Daniel Descalso gave slumping 3B David Freese a second game off in the last four. Freese, 1 for his last 14, has dipped under .300 (.298) for the first time since April 11. "He's struggling a little bit right now and he's beating himself up," said manager Tony La Russa.
BY THE NUMBERS: 40 - Multi-hit games by 1B Albert Pujols, who had two hits Wednesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "If you win the game you play and if you can string enough of those together, then you can get excited. You can't get excited until you do the first thing. The first thing is to win tonight. The second is to put a bunch of those together. Then you can look around. But if you don't do either one of those, then the third one doesn't become an issue."
- Manager Tony La Russa,
on trying to put together a run that would catch
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 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.
Thu., Sept. 8: No Game
Sept. 9: vs. BRAVES: Edwin Jackson (11-9, 3.78) vs. Randall Delgado (0-1, 4.20)
7:15 p.m. CDT (FOX
VIDEO FROM FOXSPORTSMIDWEST.COM
Tony La Russa makes comments on Nyjer Morgan's antics against Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals.
St. Louis' Chris Carpenter and Albert Pujols discuss an incident which put a damper on Wednesday's win.