Kelly, making just his fourth start,
issued two walks through six innings. Both of them scored in a two-run
When Cruz, giving Yadier Molina night off, bashed his first major league home run in the seventh, Kelly was in line for his second win.
Right-hander Victor Marte, effective for the most part this season, was tagged for another run in the eighth and the Cardinals had a good 6-3 trip instead of an outstanding 7-2 one. Their winning streak was snapped at five.
Manager Mike Matheny said he had
walked through the clubhouse afterward to remind his team how good the trip had
been, notably after losing two out of three in
But the lingering aftereffect is that the bullpen has to be fixed. The two home runs on Wednesday night ran the Cardinals' total for their relievers to 27 for the season, third most in the majors.
"We've got to get some outs," said Matheny "We're at the bottom of the (batting) order and it was a good opportunity to come right at them. We just didn't get it done."
RHP Joe Kelly had his best start out of his first four in the majors—none has been bad—when he held Miami to two runs in six innings. "I thought he was pitching more today rather than relying on just stuff," said manager Mike Matheny. Two straight walks when he got a bit loose with his delivery at the beginning of the fifth cost Kelly both the runs he gave up, but Matheny said, "Overall, he did a nice job." Kelly, still 1-0, said, "I felt more comfortable throwing off-speed stuff for strikes early in the count."
C Tony Cruz had a single
and his first big-league home run in front of fans and family from the
RHP Chris Carpenter, who
has been out all season with shoulder weakness attributable to a nerve
irritation, will see a nerve specialist, Dr. Gregory Pearl, in
RF Carlos Beltran drove in one of the Cardinals' runs in the first inning Wednesday with a sacrifice fly. Beltran had 11 runs batted in over the last six games of the Cardinals' nine-game trip.
LF Matt Holliday doubled in the first, giving him six doubles for the trip. Holliday was 15-for-35 (.429) on the trip, which vaulted his average to the .300 level.
RHP Adam Wainwright, who
has a 2.70 earned run average of his last four games, will start the homestand
opener Friday against
By the Numbers:
7 - Quality starts the Cardinals had on their just completed nine-game trip. Both of the non-quality starts were by RHP Lance Lynn, a 10-game winner.
Quote to Note:
"At some point, you need it to progress forward."
- RHP Chris Carpenter on his lengthy bout with a weak throwing shoulder.
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.
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 be able to resume baseball activity in late June.
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 until 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 threw to hitters for the first time June 22 but then had a setback June 25 when he felt renewed weakness in the shoulder. He said it felt better the next day, and he had an extensive throwing session off flat ground June 27.
Link to boxscore: Miami 5, St. Louis 3