Pinch hitter Lance Berkman barely could stand up as he batted in the 12th inning Wednesday. Pinch runner Joe Kelly couldn't stand up as he tried to make a turn on the bases. Shortstop Rafael Furcal had been 0-for-4 and hadn't hit the ball out of the infield.
That unlikely crew combined to give
the Cardinals a rare one-run win and rarer extra-inning victory, as
Berkman, who was plunked on his
surgically repaired right knee by a Clayton Kershaw pitch the night before, was
sent up to pinch-hit in the 12th because he had had three homers against
Berkman worked a one-out walk and was run for by the energetic Kelly, a right-handed pitcher who had tripped over first base while beating out an infield hit a couple of days before.
When Matt Carpenter singled with two outs, Kelly tried to turn second but thought he was going to miss the bag. He then tripped when he rounded the base and had to scramble back to second.
That prompted a discussion with third base coach Jose Oquendo, who instructed Kelly, "Make sure you touch third."
Sure enough, Furcal, who knocked in three runs the night before, served a single to left, and Kelly, adjusting his steps, made sure he touched third and then scored standing up.
Matheny said, "When he came around third (without falling down), guys were high-fiving in the dugout. We're lucky the left fielder bobbled the ball. We don't know how that would have turned out."
The win was just the Cardinals' 12th in 29 one-run decisions and their third in nine extra-inning games.
LHP Brian Fuentes was
brought up from Class AA Springfield after throwing one perfect inning and
striking out two Tuesday. Fuentes, recently signed after his release by
The 36-year-old veteran,
who had five saves and a 6.84 ERA with
RHP Victor Marte, who had struggled lately, optioned to Class AAA Memphis. In his last nine appearances, Marte allowed six runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. On the season, he was 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 42 outings.
RHP Chuckie Fick was designated for assignment by the Cardinals, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for LHP Brian Fuentes. Fick, 26, was 1-1 with two saves and a 4.68 ERA in 42 appearances for Class AAA Memphis this season. He made his first two major league appearances in late May, allowing one run in 1 2/3 innings.
LHP Jaime Garcia,
rebounding from shoulder issues, threw 30 pitches in a live batting practice
session against hitters at the team's complex in Jupiter,
1B Lance Berkman, who
pinch-hit Wednesday, probably won't start until at least this weekend in
RHP Kyle Lohse worked at
least seven innings for the eighth time in nine starts. He remained 10-2 after
RHP Fernando Salas pitched two scoreless innings to gain his first win. The Cardinals bullpen threw five scoreless innings, giving up just one hit.
3B David Freese had two more hits, extending his hitting streak to eight games. He is 13-for-25 (.520) in that time.
By the Numbers:
4 - Walk-off wins for the Cardinals this season. SS Rafael Furcal has accounted for two of them this month, including one Wednesday.
Quote to Note:
"(Lance) Berkman calls me a baby giraffe. I'm fast, but I'm just coming out of the womb."
- RHP Joe Kelly, who
scored the winning run as a pinch runner Wednesday.
1B Lance Berkman (bruised right knee) had to leave the July 24 game after being hit by a pitch on the exact spot where he underwent surgery earlier this season. He appeared as a pinch hitter July 25, and he isn't likely to start July 26.
LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 16. After further examination, it was determined that he has tearing in his rotator cuff. He threw 40 pitches from 60 feet on flat ground for the first time in a month July 4. He threw live batting practice July 25. He might begin a rehab assignment in early August.
RHP Kyle McClellan (torn labrum in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18 due to a strained right elbow, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. He threw on flat ground for the first time July 3, but he subsequently felt shoulder pain. He had season-ending shoulder surgery July 10.
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. A July 2 bullpen session was canceled. He underwent season-ending surgery July 19 to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome.
Link to boxscore: St. Louis 3, Los Angeles 2 (12 innings)