The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/13

Joel Pineiro was a qualified success Thursday in his first start in more than three weeks.

Pineiro, who came off the disabled list earlier in the day, allowed just two hits and two runs in five innings, although the second hit was a solo homer off a hanging slider by Cincinnati pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

Pineiro, recovered from a strained groin, displayed a good breaking ball, fanning six and walking just one as he tossed 69 pitches. Manager Tony La Russa said, "I thought was very sharp." But, La Russa added, "I thought he'd had enough and it was time to get him. Five was enough for him. He didn't have to go any further than that. I thought it would be a risk."

Pineiro said he felt good but was frustrated by having to come out because of the pitch count. "I felt like I hadn't been out there in a while," he said. "But my arm and groin were pain-free. I was hoping to get another (inning), but why push it?"

La Russa allowed rookie right-hander Mark Worrell to work in a tie game in the seventh inning after third baseman Troy Glaus' homer had tied it in the top of the inning. Worrell got into trouble by allowing a double to David Ross and walking light-hitting Andy Phillips.

Normally reliable left-hander Randy Flores entered to get center fielder Corey Patterson on a forceout grounder but then walked rookie shortstop Paul Janish to load the bases. Not wanting to give in to Ken Griffey Jr. on a 3-1 pitch, Flores walked him, too, forcing in the lead run.

Flores was permitted to face second baseman Brandon Phillips, a right-handed hitter, but took the Cardinals out of the game by allowing a triple out of the reach of right fielder Ryan Ludwick.

La Russa pointed to the first two walks as the keys, however, noting that his pitchers in that inning had lost their aggressiveness.

"The walk to (Andy) Phillips and the walk to Janish -- that's not how we pitch," La Russa said. "And we got burned."

REDS 6, CARDINALS 2: Troy Glaus hit his eighth homer and sixth in the last two weeks to tie the score in the seventh inning, but a four-run Cincinnati seventh cost the Cardinals the final game of the series. However, the Cardinals still won two of three games at every stop on their just concluded three-city trip.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--RHP Matt Clement and LHP Mark Mulder, both still recovering from shoulder surgeries, will pitch Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, for Class AA Springfield on medical rehabilitation options.

--RHP Todd Wellemeyer, who missed a start because of elbow inflammation, has been moved up to pitch Friday night at home against Philadelphia. RHPs Kyle Lohse and Mitchell Boggs will get the two games after that.

--The Cardinals had only four hits, two of them singles by C Yadier Molina.

--RHP Joel Pineiro, who got a no-decision, had an 0.68 ERA and two victories for his first two career starts against the Reds.

--The Cardinals remained one of three big-league teams (the Phillies and Dodgers are the others) to have winning records on the road.

BY THE NUMBERS: 15 -- Consecutive scoreless outings by Russ Springer through June 10.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "His spot on the club is waiting for him. When he's ready, he gets it." -- Manager Tony La Russa, on rehabbing closer Jason Isringhausen.


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