Cardinals pounded by Giants at home Wednesday

At the wrong end of a 15-0 score Wednesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals absorbed their worst shutout loss in over half a century.

INSIDE PITCH

 

When rookie right-hander Joe Kelly allowed seven runs, four earned, on Wednesday, it ended at 10 games his streak of allowing three runs or fewer in any of his starts. But the San Francisco Giants didn't stop there, strafing a couple of Cardinals relievers, Brian Fuentes and Mitchell Boggs, for four runs apiece in a 15-0 shellacking of the Cardinals.

 

It was the most one-sided shutout loss in St. Louis for the Cardinals since a 19-0 drubbing by Pittsburgh on Aug. 3, 1961.

 

While Kelly's streak ended, so did the 23-game scoreless run of Boggs, who gave up a grand slam in the ninth to Giants third baseman Marco Scutaro. It wrapped up a career night -- seven runs batted in -- for Scutaro.

 

"You chalk up tonight as a bad outing for me and I'll show up tomorrow and try to help us win," said Boggs. "I didn't envision (the streak) ending, but it's going to at some point. Obviously, I didn't want it to happen like that. But we weren't winning 1-0."

 

Kelly, who might have only one more start coming, or perhaps none, depending on when left-hander Jaime Garcia returns from his injury rehab, trailed only 2-0 in the sixth inning. But then it all came apart on him, helped by an error by second baseman Tyler Greene, who allowed a probable double-play ball to get through him.

 

"The error didn't help things out at all," said manager Mike Matheny. "That's two outs right there. That's a big play. Any out you don't get ends up hurting you. (Kelly) was in the game until we got into the sixth, and then we just couldn't stop the bleeding.

 

"He got better. Look at him in the fourth. He got up to 98 (miles an hour). And he was still making good pitches with his changeup. He didn't have his best stuff again, but he kept us in it."

 

Kelly (2-5) said, "I was making good pitches down in the zone, but they just had their way."

 

NOTES, QUOTES

1B Allen Craig woke up Wednesday morning feeling discomfort in his upper left chest. But, after going for an X-ray, it was found that his ailment was merely a bone bruise he had been playing with since he fell into the stands chasing a foul ball in Cincinnati on July 13. "It's been sore off and on for the past few weeks, but I've been working through it," he said after Wednesday's game. "Over the past three or four days, it's been progressively growing. It's one of those things. I'm human and sometimes you wake up and you just don't feel good for some reason. I had some soreness in my chest, and the smart thing was to get it checked out."

SS Rafael Furcal, bothered for a few weeks by a muscle issue in his lower back, received an epidural injection that kept him out of Wednesday night's lineup. But Furcal thought he would be available for Thursday's series finale with the San Francisco Giants.

2B Skip Schumaker didn't start either (he did pinch hit) because of a bruised left wrist when he was hit by a pitch as he, oddly, struck out on Tuesday. "Worst strikeout I ever had in my career," said Schumaker. "Physically and painfully."

1B Lance Berkman, who already was on the disabled list with right knee inflammation, has had recent cortisone shots in both knees—Berkman had had left knee history, too. And now, Berkman's left knee has flared up more. "Guy can't catch a break," said manager Mike Matheny. General manager John Mozealiak said studies were done on Berkman and those came back negative although he speculated that Berkman was at least a couple of weeks away from playing. But this time, Mozeliak said, the rehab process would be different. "We'll have to be a little bit more patient on his rehab and give him some minor league at-bats before we push him up," said Mozeliak. Berkman had talked his way out of a minor league assignment the last time he came off the disabled list following his May knee surgery.

LHP Jaime Garcia, recovering from a left shoulder strain, will start for Class AA Springfield on Thursday night at at San Antonio. It will be his third start on the rehab program, but general manager John Mozeliak said it might not be his last. "We'll see how things go," said Mozeliak. "I could anticipate one more. Clearly, when we bring him back we want him to be ready and have him pitch a whole game," said Mozeliak, who used 100 pitches as a barometer.

By the Numbers:

34 - Consecutive games in which LF Matt Holliday has reached base. He walked in the fourth inning on Wednesday.

Quote to Note:

"I think we're down to nine guys."

- Manager Mike Matheny, before a game in which he played without three injured regulars.

MEDICAL WATCH

1B Allen Craig (bone bruise in upper left chest) was out of the lineup Aug. 8. He's day-to-day.

SS Rafael Furcal (lower back) received an epidural injection Aug. 8 and said he hopes to play Aug. 9.

2B Skip Schumaker (bruised left wrist) was hit by a pitch Aug. 7 and was unable to play Aug. 8. He's day-to-day.

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 15 at St. Louis 0


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