Cardinals blow lead, get hammered by Pirates

Adam Wainwright gave up a three-run lead and the pen increased the deficit to open the homestand on a down note Friday night.

INSIDE PITCH

 

Adam Wainwright had a 5-2 lead after four innings Friday night and, said Pittsburgh first baseman Casey McGehee, "That's usually a death sentence." But then the Pirates scored 12 straight runs, hitting four homers, en route to a 14-5 win, handing Wainwright his eighth loss in 14 decisions.

 

Not only did the Pirates outhit the Cardinals, 19-7, their bullpen was light years better. The Pirates' bullpen, mostly in the form of right-hander Brand Lincoln, held the Cardinals to one hit and no runs in four innings while four Cardinals relievers were touched up for eight runs and seven runs in four innings.

 

But Wainwright was the biggest culprit, giving up 11 hits and seven runs on a hot night.

 

"It was just one of those horrible nights when I didn't make pitches when I needed to," said Wainwright. "Kind of frustrating, very disappointing. Kind of a mixture of bad luck with some poor pitches."

 

One highlight: Right fielder Carlos Beltran got the 2,000th hit of his career, a run-scoring single in the third inning. "I don't know how to approach or embrace milestones like that," Beltran said. "I don't show a lot of emotions, but inside my heart, God knows I'm happy and pleased with everything I've done in this game."

 

The Cardinals, who had won five straight, have dropped their last two games, dampening some enthusiasm that had begun forming.

 

NOTES, QUOTES

RHP Chris Carpenter returned to the bullpen mound a day after having his problematic right shoulder examined in Dallas and said he was "excited" about being able to resume his throwing program.

Carpenter, who has been bothered by a nerve condition, said he didn't want to delve too much into what he had been told by Dr. Gregory Pearl in Dallas. But Pearl was able to confirm that Carpenter's problem was called thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects, weakness in one's shoulder.

"In a perfect world, we would address it this offseason," said Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, inferring the possibility that Carpenter will undergo offseason surgery. "Can he pitch or not? At some point, we have to determine that."

LF Matt Holliday continues to roll. A 2-for-4 night gave him his seventh multi-hit game in his last 12. He is 23-for-47 (.489) in the last two weeks.

RHP Adam Wainwright said his pitching hand was wet all night, forcing him to the resin bag with regularity. No wonder. The game-time temperature of 101 was the hottest for a St. Louis home game since Aug. 2, 2006, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Wainwright gave up 11 hits and seven runs.

RHP Eduardo Sanchez and LHP Marc Rzepczynski each allowed a multiple-run homer. The Cardinals' bullpen has surrendered a whopping 29 homers this season.

1B Allen Craig, a .391 hitter with men in scoring position, had a three-run homer and a double and was robbed of another extra-base hit by Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutchen's great play. Craig continued his assault on the Pirates, against whom he is hitting .394 (26-for-66) in his career.

LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) and RHP Kyle McClellan (elbow) are scheduled to resume throwing on Tuesday. Both are unlikely to pitch until August.

By the Numbers:

7 - Consecutive games in which RF Carlos Beltran has had an RBI.

Quote to Note:

"The fact that he's started throwing again is good news, but as far as the probability of what we can expect with him this year, I think it's a little too early to tell."

- General manager John Mozeliak, on the continuing shoulder saga of RHP Chris Carpenter.

MEDICAL WATCH

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's scheduled to throw again on July 3 but 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. He's scheduled to throw again on July 3.

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. On June 28, he was told he has thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects, weakness in one's shoulder.

Link to boxscore: Pittsburgh 14 at St. Louis 5


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