The Redbird Report 06/23

After being recalled from Class AAA Memphis, right-hander Anthony Reyes hasn't shown much improvement from the 0-8 record he took with him to the minors.

The Cardinals survived Reyes allowing five runs in the first inning of a start he made June 17 in Oakland, but they couldn't survive him when he gave up five runs in the third inning Friday night against Philadelphia.

Reyes lost a 6-0 decision, and with a total of 11 straight losses over two seasons, he has the most consecutive losses by a Cardinals pitcher since the late 1800s, when three different pitchers were involved, including Bill Kissinger, whose streak reached 12 in 1896-97.

Seven times in his 11 starts, Reyes has yielded three or more runs in an inning although Friday night he got through the first two innings without incident. Before the game, he had permitted 24 of his 40 runs in the first two innings.

"I'd love to have gotten him a lead and put a little different spin on it," said manager Tony La Russa. "We missed a chance early. I don't know if it would have been different or not."

The Cardinals were 1 for 12 with men in scoring position, and that hit, a ninth-inning single by shortstop Aaron Miles, did not score a run.

PHILLIES 6, CARDINALS 0: LHP Jamie Moyer, who was cut by the Cardinals in 1991 after he went 0-5, blanked them for six innings as the Cardinals suffered their seventh shutout loss of the season. Philadelphia hasn't lost in four games at new Busch Stadium over its two seasons. RF Juan Encarnacion had two doubles and LF Chris Duncan one for the Cardinals.


--LHP Mike Maroth was acquired from Detroit for a player to be named and will make his first National League start on Monday in New York against the Mets. The Cardinals haven't had a left-handed starting pitcher since Mark Mulder went out with a shoulder injury last year. Maroth is 5-2 this season but has a 5.06 ERA. Opponents are hitting .319 against him, and he has walked more hitters (33) than he has struck out (28).

--2B Adam Kennedy, who had a .314 career average against Philadelphia left-hander Jamie Moyer, started on Friday. Kennedy, hitting only .208, had been benched for four of the last five games and pulled early in a double switch, in the other one. He had one hit, leaving him one shy of 1,000.

--RHP Brad Thompson, who was to have started on Monday in New York, will be in the bullpen this weekend and then probably will move back to the rotation, depending on the outings of RHP Kip Wells and Todd Wellemeyer, not to mention RHP Anthony Reyes, who fell to 0-9 Friday. Thompson hasn't been successful in his appearances against the Mets, giving up four earned runs in two innings, covering three appearances.

--When Maroth joins the team, LHP Tyler Johnson will become the ninth Cardinals player to go on the disabled list. Johnson, who has given up eight runs over his last 3 1/3 innings, has biceps tendinitis.

--CF So Taguchi singled in the fifth, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games

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