Lance Lynn is finding the going a little tougher now than earlier in the season in his first year as a major league starter.
Suffering his fifth setback in 18
"He had to fight all night," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It didn't come easy for him. (He had) a little trouble putting guys away, and it ended up costing him in the first."
"One pitch cost me the game,"
Both teams are 60-50 for the season, but the Giants are in first place in the National League West, while the Cardinals are third in the NL Central.
SS Rafael Furcal, who missed six recent starts out of eight and five in a row because of a lower back problem, got a hit and a walk in Monday's win over the Giants and had another hit on Tuesday although he failed twice with runners in scoring position. Manager Mike Matheny isn't convinced Furcal is all right yet. "He's in kind of a spot where it's the same," said Matheny. "Doctors are continuing to look at him and see what other options they have to kind of get him over the hump. He's moving well defensively, but he can certainly feel it in his swings. It doesn't seem to be getting worse, either, so they're still trying to figure it out."
1B Allen Craig, who had
two homers on Tuesday against San Francisco LHP Barry Zito, has three homers in
10 at-bats against Zito for his career. But Craig still is having some
occasional defensive issues in the infield. With
C Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single and a double. He is 18 for 46 (.391) during the streak and has raised his season average to .319.
RF Carlos Beltran, who took an extra-base hit away in the outfield and then helped throw out a runner at third base, also moved his hitting streak. A first-inning double by Beltran gave him a nine-game streak.
LF Matt Holliday's first-inning single extended his streak to 33 games in which he has reached base at least once. With all these streaks being extended, you would think the Cardinals would have done better. But another streak was extended. They are 4-12 in games decided by two runs to go with 12-18 in one-run games. Collectively, that is 16-30, and that mark does not suggest title contender.
By the Numbers:
.538 - SS Rafael Furcal's batting average in the ninth inning this year. He is hitting .267 overall.
Quote to Note:
"Shots are always an option."
- Manager Mike Matheny, noting that SS Rafael Furcal's back appears to still be bothering him. But, Matheny added, "He doesn't like them."
1B Lance Berkman (sore right knee) re-injured the surgically repaired joint Aug. 2 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 3.
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 began a rehab assignment July 30 in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and he was slated to make three or four starts before a potential return to the Cardinals in mid-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: San Francisco 4 at St. Louis 2