Cardinals Shut Out in World Series Game 4

St. Louis Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson walked seven as the home Texas Rangers took Game 4 of the World Series Sunday night.



In his three previous postseason starts with the Cardinals, right-hander Edwin Jackson issued a total of just two walks. A couple of those starts weren't very long, but two walks in 14 1/3 total innings still was impressive.

But in what could be his last start as a Cardinal on Sunday night, in Game 4 of the World Series, the impending free agent walked a season-high seven in 5 1/3 innings. Jackson dodged all of the first five walks, piled up through five innings, as he allowed just a first-inning run on Texas center fielder Josh Hamilton's double, which scored shortstop Elvis Andrus.

After Jackson walked his sixth and seventh hitters with one out in the sixth, however, he was replaced by right-hander Mitchell Boggs. One high fastball later to Texas catcher Mike Napoli, who hit a three-run homer, the Cardinals were on their way to a 4-0 defeat as the World Series was evened at two games apiece.

Catcher Yadier Molina, asked to explain Jackson's walk total, said, succinctly, "We were just trying to mix pitches. And they didn't bite."

But pitching coach Dave Duncan said, "Tight strike zone had a lot to do with it," referring to home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa's work.

"I don't think (Jackson) would have walked seven if he had got as many borderline pitches called (strikes) as the other team did. We didn't get many borderline pitches called.

"I don't know if it was the movement on the other guy's (Derek Holland's) ball or what. Now, I'm not an umpire, so I don't know if movement makes a difference. With that club, you've got to pitch on the edges. You can't pitch in the middle of the plate. That's what we trying to do all night, and that's probably why he walked seven guys.

"That's a lot of walks."

Jackson stranded three Rangers in the first and two more in the fourth, walking four in those two innings.

"I had (allowed) three hits and one run going into the sixth inning," Jackson said. "My mantra was to just keep the game close, regardless of how it was -- whether it looked pretty or not. Just try to keep the game within striking distance, especially at this park.

"You tell yourself, 'Whatever happens, don't harp on it. Just focus on the next batter.'

"Even throughout those walks, I felt the game was still close. But sometimes you have to tip your hat. The guy on the other side pitched a great game."

Holland held the Cardinals to two hits, both by designated hitter Lance Berkman, over 8 1/3 innings.




RHP Jake Westbrook, the last Cardinal to get into the World Series, made his first World Series appearance, and the sinkerballer threw a double-play ball to escape an eighth-inning tight spot. Westbrook had been on the roster for the Division Series but was the only Cardinal not to see action. He was not on the roster for the NLCS.

With RHP Chris Carpenter going Monday night in Game 5, pitching coach Dave Duncan said he hoped to give reliever Lance Lynn, who worked 2 1/3 innings on Saturday, another day of rest. The same pretty much holds true for frequently used RHP Fernando Salas. "If we can avoid using Lynn, we would definitely do that," said Duncan. "Salas we would use, if we need him. But we're not going to use him unless we need him."

RHP Chris Carpenter will make his last start of the season Monday—for about the fourth time. Carpenter has battled a balky elbow lately, but he said in his Game 1 start in the Series, "There wasn't a whole lot of stressful pitches. It was a battle, but I was able to get through it pretty well and I feel fine. I felt great throughout the last few days."

2B Nick Punto returned to the lineup on Sunday night after Ryan Theriot had played second base in Game 3. Punto drew a walk in three plate appearances.

Third base coach Jose Oquendo will hobble through the rest of the postseason with left knee pain and might need surgery after the World Series. He aggravated his condition in Game 2 trying to get out of the way of a ball.

3B Daniel Descalso routinely has been replacing regular 3B David Freese late in games when the Cardinals are ahead. "At this point, Descalso is a better defensive player than David," said manager Tony La Russa. "That's not going to be true throughout David's career."

1B Albert Pujols, a night after breaking or tying many of baseball's World Series records with five hits, three homers, six RBI and 14 total bases, went hitless in four at-bats. He actually has been held hitless in three of the first four games of the World Series.

BY THE NUMBERS: 13 - Consecutive postseason games in which 3B David Freese had had a hit until he went hitless in three at-bats on Sunday. Freese fanned once and hit into a double play.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "If you want to choose somebody from the St. Louis Cardinals to pitch that game, it's Chris."

- Manager Tony La Russa, on staff ace Chris Carpenter starting Monday night's pivotal fifth game of the World Series.





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. Wainwright was getting closer to throwing a full-strength bullpen session in September, but he will not be allowed to throw his signature curveball until next year.

NEXT GAME – World Series Game 5


Mon., October 24: vs. RANGERS: Chris Carpenter vs. C.J. Wilson, 7:05 P.M. CDT (FOX Network, ESPN Radio, KMOX).


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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa discusses his team's 4-0 loss to the Rangers in Game 4.

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St. Louis players react following their 4-0 loss to the Texas Rangers in Game 4.

Tony La Russa's post-game comments (from MLB and ASAP Sports)

TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I would just say he worked us over. Give him credit. I've just got to explain what that means, but basically what happened is he just worked us over and shut us down.

Q. We saw a lot of the guys kind of looking puzzled up there and turning back and having some conversations with the umpire. What was making it so difficult for them to adapt to the strike zone tonight?

TONY LA RUSSA: No comment. I just said we got worked over and can't take credit away from the other side.

Q. The decision to go with Boggs, is that because you've used Salas and Lynn a lot recently and you didn't want to bring Westbrook in in the middle of an inning?

TONY LA RUSSA: Well, it looked like it was a bad decision. Missed with his pitch. Actually rushed a little timing and made pitches he was capable of making. Yeah, he's a talented guy, good inning yesterday and he just missed and Napoli didn't.

Q. In your view was Jackson effectively wild or is it a matter if you walk that many, eventually it's going to catch up with you?

TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I actually thought in his almost six innings, I thought he was deserves a lot of credit. I thought he pitched really well. He gets around the board right away and that's all they get, really. He missed a few times, walked a couple guys, but he kept making pitches. Overall I give him a huge plus for keeping us in the game.

Q. What adjustments did they make to you guys after the big offensive night last night?

TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I mean, if you pitch well, you stop good hitting. I mean, we pitched pretty well and it was a 1 0 game, and they won in the sixth with three runs. Good pitching is always going to stop good hitting. Keep the ball out of the middle.

Q. Before you go home for Game 6 you'll have Carpenter, and as well as he's pitched this postseason how comforting is it to know he could send you home with a lead?

TONY LA RUSSA: If you want to choose somebody from the St. Louis Cardinals to pitch that game, it's Chris. I mean, there isn't anything about pitching on the road in a hostile environment. I think he actually likes it, pitches better. His problem is going to be good hitters, and he'll have to pitch effectively. But we love playing behind him because we know he's going to compete as hard as he can. He's got a lot to compete with.

Q. Just going back to Boggs for a second, it's easy to dwell on it now, but what did you like about that matchup heading into it?

TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I thought for sure that Jackson had given us what he had. Boggs went in and as you saw the rest of the time, he gets a ball down in the zone and I thought double play waiting to happen. He made the first pitch and he jumped it.

Q. Kyle said something last night about essentially approaching this lineup in this park every pitch like it's 0 2. Do you think that's sort of what Edwin was doing tonight?

TONY LA RUSSA: Well, there's different ways to describe, you know, staying out of the middle of the plate, but you can never think -- well, unless you've got a big lead, you can never think, I'm going to get the ball somewhere over the heart of the plate, especially elevated a little bit and it's going to be good, unless you get lucky. 0 2 is an interesting way to put it. It's kind of true, but it's not really 0 2. So you just have to play the situation and sometimes you have to move it over the plate some. Just got to -- that's going to be the challenge of the series for both teams. You don't have good command, you're going to pay.

Q. After everything Albert did last night, did you see them approaching him specifically any differently than they did?

TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I thought he had really good at bats. I think he had -- he worked with a couple difficult counts, and that changes. But I thought he put a nice stroke on the ball with Feliz. He hits that ball in the gap, we might have some fun. They worked us over. Nobody centered the ball except Lance, so you've got to give them credit.

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