The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/14

"We just had a bad day," said manager Tony La Russa, after the Cardinals suffered a 20-2 loss to the Phillies Friday night in St. Louis.

There was only 1-2-3 inning pitched by the Cardinals Friday night and that was thrown by an infielder.

Infielder Aaron Miles, the sixth St. Louis pitcher, finally slowed down the Philadelphia Phillies by basically throwing under the hitting zone. Most of the other Cardinals pitchers were right at the top of the hitting zone.

"We just had a bad day," said manager Tony La Russa.

Right-hander Todd Wellemeyer, making his first start since suffering some elbow inflammation on June 5, had little. He gave up three home runs in a row in the first inning and couldn't conclude four innings despite throwing 90 pitches.

La Russa said that Wellemeyer hadn't thrown between starts. "He just wasn't set up right for it," said La Russa, "and he was vulnerable. They've got a club that could take advantage of it and they did."

Left-hander Ron Villone and right-hander Mark Worrell ate up nearly four innings and both were pounded. Right-hander Russ Springer was ejected in the eighth inning for hitting Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard in the leg with a cut fastball -- Howard had had two home runs.

La Russa also was tossed in the inning and third-base coach Jose Oquendo was tossed in the bottom of the inning when Philadelphia right-hander Rudy Seanez threw behind Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan and Seanez wasn't ejected.

"If you had a Bible here for Russ Springer or myself... the man was not hit intentionally," said La Russa. "(The umpires) run the game and I'm not saying any more about it."

But then he did. "It wasn't intentional. It was an overreaction (by home-plate umpire Larry Vanover)."

PHILLIES 20, CARDINALS 2: The Cardinals allowed 20 runs for the first time since June 20, 2006, at the Chicago White Sox. They served up four home-run balls, three of them in succession in the first inning by Todd Wellemeyer, who allowed a career-high eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--RHP Chris Carpenter, who had been rehabbing from "Tommy John" surgery of last July, has been shut down for a while because of some elbow discomfort. Carpenter was examined by Dr. George Paletta on Friday.

--RHP Matt Clement and LHP Mark Mulder, both rehabbing from shoulder surgeries, will pitch in a doubleheader for Class AA Springfield Saturday night.

--INF Aaron Miles' pitching appearance was his third in the last two seasons. Two of them were perfect one-inning jobs.

--2B Adam Kennedy made his first start in the last four games. He was one for five.

--LF Skip Schumaker had three of the Cardinals' 10 hits, including his third home run, and moved his average back over .300 at .305.


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