Redbird Report: La Russa Blames Himself

Manager Tony La Russa blamed himself Tuesday for the Cardinals' lackluster 6-1 loss to the Pirates, saying he didn't have his team prepared to play.

But left unsaid in that statement to the media was that he may believe his team is walking around still enjoying being defending world champions rather than struggling to stay near .500.

The Cardinals erred on two of the first three plays in the game, as right fielder Preston Wilson let a single get through him and shortstop David Eckstein air-mailed a throw to first. That led to two Pittsburgh runs, and left-hander Tom Gorzelanny effectively silenced the Cardinals the rest of the way.

"We haven't done much right at home this year at all," Eckstein said after the Cardinals' home record dropped to 1-6. Other than a 10-run burst against the Brewers on Sunday, the Cardinals have scored only seven runs in the other six games, all losses, and they generally have been slipshod in the field.

On the positive side is that the last time the Cardinals started 1-6 at home, they won 105 games overall in 2004 and made it to the World Series.

On the negative side is that the Cardinals have scored three or fewer runs in 10 of their first 13 games. They have lost seven of those games.

PIRATES 6, CARDINALS 1: Adam Wainwright suffered his first loss as a starter in his first start at home. Wainwright was victimized by two errors in a two-run first inning and then was tagged for a three-run homer by Pittsburgh's Adam LaRoche in the third. Though he lost, Wainwright lasted six innings for the third consecutive time. He has made just three big-league starts.

--1B Albert Pujols, who was 0-for-3 Tuesday, is 0-for-13 against left-handed pitching this year. 3B Scott Rolen is just 1-for-9 against left-handers.

--RHP Jason Isringhausen recorded a perfect ninth inning Tuesday. He hadn't pitched in a week because of the rainouts, off days and the Cardinals generally being behind.

--CF Jim Edmonds became the 28th man to play 1,000 games for the Cardinals.

--The Cardinals are 4-1 in day games but 2-6 at night.

--Cardinals pitchers have given up seven runs in the first innings of the last three games.


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