Cardinals end Phillies loss on sour note

Representing the tying run, Carlos Beltran was picked off base to end Friday night's defeat.

INSIDE PITCH

 

Right fielder Carlos Beltran is among the most efficient base stealers in major league history. He was at 87 percent on 303 steals in 348 attempts before Friday night, when he made a rare but very costly baserunning mistake to end the game as the Cardinals lost at Philadelphia 3-1.

 

In the second inning, Beltran had homered off Philadelphia right-hander Roy Halladay for one of just two hits the Cardinals had off Halladay in eight innings. Then, with two out in the ninth, Beltran singled with two out off right-hander Jonathan Papelbon.

 

First baseman Allen Craig, who had doubled with one out, was held at third base by coach Jose Oquendo even though it was unlikely Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown would have thrown home.

 

After bluffing a steal attempt, Beltran was set to go to second with third baseman David Freese at bat. A successful steal would be put two runners in scoring position, but ...

 

"I got a little bit anxious," said Beltran.

 

Papelbon pulled the classic step-to-third-then-throw-to-first move. When Papelbon discovered Beltran already had lit out to second, he turned and bounced a throw there, but shortstop Jimmy Rollins tagged out Beltran to end the game.

 

"He picked his leg up," said Beltran, "and I thought he was going home. He made a pickoff move on me. You can't end a game like that."

 

Manager Mike Matheny said tersely, "The pitcher made a third-to-first move. (Beltran) was running. That's all there is to it."

 

NOTES, QUOTES

RHP Kyle Lohse remained 12-2 despite pitching seven innings and giving up just one run. "A shame," manager Mike Matheny said of Lohse not gaining a win. "Seven solid innings. You can't ask him to do anything more than he did." Matheny lifted Lohse for a pinch hitter with two out and nobody on in the eighth inning after Lohse had thrown 101 pitches. "I did all I could. I never question Mike when he takes me out," said Lohse."

LHP Barret Browning got the call in the eighth inning of a tie game over veterans LHP Marc Rzepczynski or Brian Fuentes. Manager Mike Matheney said he felt Browning was the right man for the situation. "It just didn't work out," said Matheny after Browning served up a game-deciding two-run homer to 2B Chase Utley. Matheny was banking on Browning having his usual success against left-handers—Browning had held left-handers to three hits in 24 at-bats since coming up from Class AAA Memphis. But before he faced the left-handed-batting Utley, Browning allowed a single to switch-hitting SS Jimmy Rollins and then committed a balk on an improper move to first base.

LF Matt Holliday, 3B David Freese and C Yadier Molina each went a third straight game without a hit in the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. The Cardinals have had just four hits in each of their last three games. CF Jon Jay has had five of the 12 hits, RF Carlos Beltran three and INF Matt Carpenter three. 1B Allen Craig had the other one.

SS Ryan Jackson, hitting .269 with 10 homers at Class AAA Memphis, was summoned to replace INF Tyler Greene, who was traded to Houston the day before. Jackson also could play second base.

RF Carlos Beltran hit his 28th homer in the second inning on Friday. He has 13 homers in either the first or second inning this season, including eight in the first inning.

By the Numbers:

1 - Hits the Cardinals have had with men in scoring position (14 at-bats) in the last three games.

Quote to Note:

"He looked like the Halladay we've seen too many times."

- Manager Mike Matheny on Philadelphia RHP Roy Halladay, who held the Cardinals to two hits and one run over eight innings.

MEDICAL WATCH

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: Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 1


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