The Cardinals Major League Notebook: 05/26

After pitching 17 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball on their six-game West Coast trip, the Cardinals bullpen finally buckled when rookie Mike Parisi surrendered a game-ending single with one out in the 10th inning to Los Angeles right fielder Andre Ethier.

Parisi was in his second inning as manager Tony La Russa elected to rest veteran lefty Randy Flores and right-handers Ryan Franklin and Chris Perez. Franklin had thrown 33 pitches in one inning in a rain-delayed game on Friday and Perez had worked the previous two games.

The Dodgers' winning rally in the 10th started when left fielder Chris Duncan was unable to get to a bloop single. Duncan had been double-switched into the game in the previous inning as La Russa sought to get as many innings as he could get out of Parisi.

From their end, the Cardinals stymied themselves offensively by striking out so much. They fanned a season-high 16 times, in fact, with right fielder Ryan Ludwick, who occasionally is prone to days like this, whiffing four times.

The Cardinals nonetheless wrapped up a 4-2 trip, winning two of three in both San Diego and Los Angeles, before a rare Memorial Day off on Monday.

DODGERS 4, CARDINALS 3: The Cardinals scored the tying run in the seventh inning, mostly a result of a throwing error by Los Angeles catcher Russell Martin, who tried unsuccessfully to catch shortstop Cesar Izturis stealing. Pinch hitter Aaron Miles' sacrifice fly tied the score. But, with two on and two out in the ninth when they had a chance to go ahead, left fielder Skip Schumaker flied out.


--RHP Joel Pineiro's next start will be moved back to Saturday. Pineiro has a slight groin injury and his turn is being skipped because of a couple of off days for the Cardinals.

--RHP Todd Wellemeyer has given up only two earned runs, including one Sunday, in the first innings of his 11 starts. Wellemeyer didn't walk anybody in six innings Sunday, marking the second time he had done that season.

--The Cardinals are 7-4 in games started by backup C Jason LaRue, who had one hit Sunday.

--Every starter in the Cardinals lineup, plus two pinch hitters, struck out at least once with the exception of SS Cesar Izturis.

--Rookie LF Brian Barton scored two of the three Cardinals' runs after reaching base on a walk and a single.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Number of series the Cardinals lost in the first two months of the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I can't lie. It still bothers me." -- 1B Albert Pujols, three days after hitting a line drive that broke the nose of San Diego RHP Chris Young.

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