The Redbird Report 09/19

The Cardinals had a record-setting night Tuesday. But they lost again, for the 12th time in 13 games. Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa yanked rookie shortstop Brendan Ryan after one inning when Ryan swung at a 3-0 pitch in the first inning with his club down a run.

They used 11 pitchers, establishing a league record for an extra-inning game, and employed 28 players, tying a league record. But when the night was over, they were a season-high 10 games under .500 at 70-80 as relievers Mike Maroth and Kelvin Jimenez, the 10th and 11 hurlers, combined to give up three runs in the 14th inning to Philadelphia.

The game took 5 hours, 4 minutes, and manager Tony La Russa said, "It wears you out when you get beat. They've got a lot of adrenaline and we don't right now."

The Cardinals played most of the game without first baseman Albert Pujols, who was a late scratch with a left calf strain although he pinch hit and walked in the 13th inning.

"For him to shut it down, you've got to be concerned," La Russa said, "because he plays with pain."

The Cardinals also lost catcher Yadier Molina to flu symptoms after four innings and played without center fielder Jim Edmonds, who has a groin injury. Additionally, La Russa yanked rookie shortstop Brendan Ryan after one inning when Ryan swung at a 3-0 pitch in the first inning with his club down a run.

"This is the big leagues," La Russa said. "You don't swing 3-0. You send a message right away that's not how we play. That's unacceptable."

PHILLIES 7, CARDINALS 4, (14 innings): Cardinals relievers allowed only two runs and four hits over 11 innings Tuesday night before LHP Mike Maroth and RHP Kelvin Jimenez gave up three hits and three runs in the 14th inning to Philadelphia. The Cardinals used as many pitchers as they had hits (11). They lost for the 12th time in 13 games.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--INF Brian Barden got his first start as a Cardinal and went nothing for five. He was claimed on waivers from Arizona.

--LHP Mark Mulder, who has been having left shoulder discomfort, had an MRI exam and nerve conduction study Tuesday. The studies were forwarded to New York to Dr. David Altcheck, who operated on Mulder last September and Dr. Altcheck's evaluation was expected to be announced on Wednesday. It is unlikely that Mulder, 0-3 in three starts with the Cardinals, will pitch anymore before next spring.

--OF Rick Ankiel's double in the second was his first extra-base hit since Sept. 6, the day before the story broke that he reportedly had obtained shipments of HGH three years ago.

--RHP Russ Springer extended his scoreless-innings streak to 16 2/3 innings over 16 games by retiring four of the five men he faced on Tuesday. Springer has held opponents to five hits in 53 at-bats (.094) during the streak.

--RHP Adam Wainwright's pinch single in the seventh was his third pinch hit in five at-bats. Cardinals pitchers are 4-for-7 overall as pinch hitters.


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