May 11 – Padres 7, Cardinals 0

The St. Louis Cardinals began their nine-game road trip playing like they have much of the 2007 season to-date. As a result, loss number 19 ensued at the hands of Jake Peavy and the San Diego Padres.

The St. Louis Cardinals (14-19) traveled to face the San Diego Padres (19-17) in a three-game series starting on Friday and lost the first game by a score of 7-0.  Kip Wells (1-7) took the loss despite striking out eight Padre batters on the night. Wells went six innings and gave up four runs.  Jake Peavy (5-1) pitched very well yet again for San Diego, allowing no runs on just three hits in seven innings pitched.  He struck out ten St. Louis hitters.

The Padres rocked Wells early and often on Friday.  In the second inning, third baseman Russell Branyan hit a two-run home run on a hanging breaking ball.  In the bottom of the third, it was shortstop Khalil Greene who took a Wells pitch into the seats, this time for a solo shot.  In the fourth it was center fielder Mike Cameron with an RBI double allowing Peavy to cross the plate (he singled in an earlier at-bat). In the bottom of the seventh inning, Wells was relieved by reliever Brian Falkenborg, who had a rough outing, allowing three runs from the usual suspects, Greene and Branyan.

It started off with right fielder Brian Giles' ground-rule double to lead off the inning, and after retiring two straight batters, Falkenborg gave up a base hit to Greene, scoring the fifth run of the game.  Branyan preceded to hit a two-run home run, his second of the night, to increase the
score to 7-0.

The Cardinals only managed three base hits scattered throughout the game. Third baseman Scott Rolen hit a bloop single in the second inning, Wells hit a stand-up double in the fifth, and catcher Yadier Molina singled in the seventh.  Centerfielder Jim Edmonds and second baseman Adam Kennedy were the only two Cardinals' starters not to strike out at least once in the game. First baseman Albert Pujols, right fielder Ryan Ludwick,and Molina each had two strikeouts apiece. 

Game Notes:


- It was that kind of a night.  No flair, no magic, "no nothing."  The Cardinals were flat.  An anemic offense meeting one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League so far this season is the equivalent of a baseball train wreck.  No one could hit anything Peavy threw; his stuff was just too good.  The umpire was on his side for the most part, as well.  On a day where Peavy's fastball is working well and the umpiring is favorable, he is nearly untouchable. 

- Wells did not look good yet again on Friday.  He is now 1-7 on the season.  He leads the Majors in losses with those seven L's.  Between Anthony Reyes and Wells, the Cardinals' two starters have a 1-12 combined record (Reyes is 0-5).

- There was no player of the game on Friday because no one really performed. Kelvin Jimenez would be the closest to get my vote mainly because of his one inning of perfect relief. Tomorrow is another day, and the team has Braden Looper on the mound - perhaps the Cardinals' best pitcher at the current time.

- Saturday's game will start at
9:05 PM CT.  San Diego pitcher Chris Young will face off against Looper.

 

 

Brady Holzhauer can be reached via email at sportswriter5@gmail.com.

 

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