The Redbird Report 08/08

Right-hander Anthony Reyes pitched his best game of the year, giving up one run on seven hits in a season-high seven innings Tuesday. But, like most of his other starts, the game wound up in defeat.

Of Reyes' 15 starts, the Cardinals have lost 13, and he has just one win to go with 11 losses. In large part responsible for that is the fact the Cardinals have been shut out six times with Reyes pitching. They have been blanked 10 times overall.

The Cardinals have scored only 20 runs while Reyes has been on the mound in his starts.

"A very frustrating, maddening kind of ballgame," said manager Tony La Russa, who said Reyes at worst deserved a no-decision.

Scott Rolen had the best chance to do damage Tuesday, but he failed four times with men on base and three times with a man in scoring position.

Although battling Jake Peavy to a 14-pitch at-bat, Rolen ended the first inning by popping up with two men on. He lined out with a man at second and one out in the fourth. He flied out with a man at first to end the sixth, and he grounded out with two runners on to end the eighth.

PADRES 4, CARDINALS 0: The Cardinals still haven't scored on San Diego right-hander Jake Peavy this season. Peavy, the winning pitcher in two San Diego shutouts over the Cardinals, has given up only six hits and four walks over 13 innings, fanning 15. The Cardinals' 10th shutout is a National League high.


--CF Jim Edmonds, who singled twice and doubled Tuesday, reached 1,000 hits for his Cardinals career. Suitably recovered from a pinched nerve in his back, Edmonds has had nine hits in his last four starts.

--LHP Tyler Johnson, who had been out with biceps tendinitis, pitched for the first time since June 18, working one-third of an inning, retiring one of three hitters he faced.

--Manager Tony La Russa still is 13 wins short of tying Red Schoendienst for most wins by a Cardinals manager. La Russa has 1,028.

--SS Aaron Miles had his hitting streak stopped at 11 games and also committed a costly throwing error, leading to three runs in the ninth off RHP Jason Isringhausen.

--All three of the Cardinals' losses to San Diego this season have been shutouts.

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