The Redbird Report 05/09

After six starts in which he had a 3-1 record and a 2.36 ERA, the other side of Kyle Lohse has surfaced. In his last two outings, including a 9-3 thumping by Colorado on Thursday, Lohse has worked 10 innings, giving up 17 hits and 15 runs.

Lohse walked five Rockies and suggested he wasn't getting any help from umpire Mike Reilly's tight strike zone, especially in the first inning when the Rockies scored four runs after third baseman Brendan Ryan misplayed Matt Holliday's grounder.

"I made some pitches that with a little help from behind the plate, I could have been out of the inning," Lohse said.

But he added, "I walked five, and a guy with a 20 ERA (Jorge De La Rosa) didn't hardly walk anybody (one), so I don't know."

Lohse said he hadn't been bothered by Ryan's mistake, which originally was scored an error but then changed to a hit, giving Holliday four hits for the day.

"My job is to get the next hitter, no matter what," Lohse said.

The Cardinals, who were six outs away from winning the first three games of the series, had to settle for a four-game split. They still have lost only one series this season, falling to San Francisco two games to one in April.

ROCKIES 9, CARDINALS 3: The Rockies scored four runs in the first inning, which was one more run than Cardinals pitchers had given up in the first inning of the previous 35 games. Ryan Ludwick, who was 9-for-13 for the series, hit two solo home runs, accounting for most of the offense.


--LF Ryan Ludwick had three homers and three doubles as he went 9-for-13 in the four-game series at Colorado. The right-handed hitter, mostly a platoon player, will start Friday night against Milwaukee LHP Manny Parra.

--1B Albert Pujols singled in the sixth inning Thursday, extending his streak to reaching base to 36 games. He then was taken out of the one-sided contest. Pujols appeared to be miffed with manager Tony La Russa, but La Russa said he told Pujols, "It's a good time to bang you." Pujols has started all but one game and pinch-hit in the other.

--SS Cesar Izturis tied his longest hitting streak of last season (nine) by blooping a single in the seventh inning Thursday.

--3B Troy Glaus, locked in a 1-for-26 dive, did not start Thursday but did walk as a pinch hitter.

--RHP Russ Springer, who had not appeared since a 31-pitch outing Saturday, worked a scoreless fifth inning Thursday. Rookie RHP Mike Parisi finished up, saving the bullpen for a four-game set at division rival Milwaukee.

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