Cards lose but final play controversy remains

The St. Louis Cardinals' Tyler Greene was thrown out at home plate in a very close play Friday night as the visiting Kansas City Royals won game one of the weekend series at Busch Stadium.

INSIDE PITCH

 

Shortstop Tyler Greene, after singling with two out in the ninth inning Friday, slid safely into second on a stolen base attempt and then slid safely into third as Kansas City catcher Humberto Quintero threw wildly and then so did second baseman Chris Getz.

 

But Getz's throw toward the Kansas City dugout bounced off a railing before it went in, third baseman Mike Moustakas recovered to throw out Greene at the plate and the Royals had a 3-2 victory Friday night.

 

This marked the sixth time in seven games on this interleague homestand that the Cardinals had scored two runs or fewer. They have won three of those games, two by shutout, but they haven't erased a lead a single time.

 

The Cardinals are 0-6 this month when they don't homer, and they're hitting .249 for the month. They are averaging 3.3 runs for June compared to 5.4 in May and 5.1 in April.

 

Manager Mike Matheny said he would like to see his team play from ahead more than it has been.

 

"It's just a matter of time," he said. "But we can talk about it all we want. We've got to do it."

 

NOTES, QUOTES

CF Carlos Beltran stole his 300th base in the second inning, making him the eighth player in history to have that many steals and that many home runs. He joined a club that includes Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Andre Dawson. Beltran got picked off second moments later.

3B Carson Kelly, a 17-year-old Oregon high schooler signed to a $1.6 million contract, hit five balls over the wall in batting practice on Friday, showing little fear. "Pretty impressive for a 17-year-old kid," said manager Mike Matheny. "Sure seems like a nice pick."

RHP Chris Carpenter, rehabilitating from a shoulder ailment, threw 40 pitches off the mound Friday in his second such bullpen session. He also threw come curveballs and said he would throw again on Monday before accompanying the club to Detroit. "Felt good," said Carpenter. Carpenter said another session would be scheduled for Wednesday in Detroit, before the next step is outlined.

SS Rafael Furcal, though he was at the plate when replacement SS Tyler Greene was tagged out trying to score the tying run in the ninth inning, got most of the game off after going 1 for his last 20 and 8 for 54. "I know everything is going to come together again," said Furcal. Manager Mike Matheny said, "There's nothing for certain that we wouldn't give him another day (off). I don't think it's anything mechanically. Physically, he's just beat. For a shortstop who plays as many games as he does, it just wears on you." Furcal has missed only two of the Cardinals' first 65 games.

OF Shane Robinson contributed his club-leading sixth pinch hit of the season, driving in one of the Cardinals' runs in the seventh. Robinson has become a valuable extra man and has had a couple of big days when he starts in the field. But manager Mike Matheny is looking for a more power-packed lineup with his team struggling, so Carlos Beltran played center field, with Allen Craig going to right field, Matt Holliday playing left field and Matt Adams at first base.

SS Tyler Greene had his third three-hit game of the season and put together his second multiple-hit game in his last two starts. Greene, whose average had dipped into the low .200s, has built it back up to .231.

By the Numbers:

35, 27 - Hits and runs batted in that OF/1B Allen Craig has in only 100 at-bats.

Quote to Note:

"That was quite a long run there. I was going with everything I had. I thought it was the right gamble. It's one of those rarities you can't practice."

- SS Tyler Greene, on his ninth-inning dash around the bases, which ended with him being tagged out at home to end the game.

MEDICAL WATCH

2B/OF Skip Schumaker (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 31.

LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6. After further examination, it was determined that he has tearing in his rotator cuff. He won't throw until at least late July and is out until at least mid-August.

CF Jon Jay (separated right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 15. He was told to not swing a bat for a week in early June.

INF Matt Carpenter (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list May 23.

1B Lance Berkman (torn meniscus in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He had arthroscopic surgery May 25, and no ACL damage was found. He might return in mid- to late July.

RHP Kyle McClellan (strained right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18. He won't need surgery but likely will be sidelined at least late July.

RHP Chris Carpenter (weak right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He probably won't pitch until at least mid-July.

Link to boxscore: Kansas City 3 at St. Louis 2


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