The Redbird Report 07/28

St. Louis Cardinals starter Mike Maroth sits in the dugout after being removed in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday. Maroth surrendered seven runs on 11 hits.

The Mike Maroth experiment doesn't seem to be working. After holding the New York Mets to two hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings in his first start for the Cardinals after coming from Detroit, Maroth has pitched poorly in his next five.

An 11-hit, seven-run allotment over four innings against Milwaukee Friday night means that Maroth has given up 42 hits and 34 runs, 29 earned, over his last 22 innings. He is 0-4 as a Cardinals starter, which means that the trifecta of right-hander Kip Wells, right-hander Anthony Reyes and Maroth is 4-27 among them, with Wells (4-13) having the only victories.

The game was delayed by rain for 46 minutes but the Cardinals needed much more than that as the Brewers scored five runs in the third inning and four in the fifth against them.

Milwaukee has beaten the Cardinals five times in six meetings this season.

The Cardinals used right-hander Kelvin Jimenez and left-hander Randy Keisler for five innings in relief, three by Keisler, and one of them is likely to be sent back to Class AAA Memphis when right-hander Anthony Reyes is activated to pitch one game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Keisler was brought up earlier in the day as third baseman Brendan Ryan was sent back to Memphis. Ryan, one of the Cardinals' sparkplugs lately, hitting .339, surely will be back in August.

BREWERS 12, CARDINALS 2: For the 34th time in their 53 defeats, the Cardinals lost by four or more runs Friday night. The defeat was the Cardinals' third in four games on this seven-game home stand and left them nine games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central Division and six behind second-place Chicago. The Cardinals needed to go at least 5-2 on this home stand to make up any appreciable ground on the leaders and now that is impossible.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--Cardinals pitchers gave up 19 hits to the Brewers.

--LHP Mike Maroth has a 9.20 ERA in six starts for the Cardinals.

--OF So Taguchi made his first Cardinals appearance at second base in the blowout game. He had played some infield in Japan. Meanwhile, 2B Adam Kennedy made his first appearance at shortstop.

--A roster move to bring INF Scott Spiezio off the disabled list might be made on Sunday before the final game of the four-game series.

--OF Skip Schumaker had the only extra-base hit for the Cardinals, doubling in the first inning.

BY THE NUMBERS: 34 -- Number of times in their first 55 losses the Cardinals were outscored by four or more runs.


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