The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/16

The Cardinals won their 14th series of the season and their eighth after losing the first game of the series when they capitalized on two misplays by the Philadelphia infield to score the winning run in the 10th inning. Skip Schumaker batting .500 (7-for-14) in the series with a home run and a double, lifting his batting average to .310.

A team already riddled with injuries, notably to first baseman Albert Pujols and right-hander Adam Wainwright, saw catcher Yadier Molina go down with what is being called a mild concussion after he absorbed a hit at the plate from the Phillies' Eric Bruntlett in the ninth inning.

Molina was strapped onto a stretcher, removed from the field and taken to a local hospital, where he was hospitalized overnight. He does not appear seriously hurt but the Cardinals probably will have to summon another catcher from Class AAA Memphis. They have only backup Jason LaRue healthy now.

The Cardinals bullpen again was asked to pitch several innings, 5 2/3 in fact, after rookie Mitchell Boggs couldn't make it through the fifth. The bullpen broke down a bit in the eighth when three relievers walked four Phillies in succession, leading to the two tying runs.

Outfielder Skip Schumaker was the offensive star with a homer and a double and finished the series 7-for-14.

CARDINALS 7, PHILLIES 6 (10 INNINGS): The Cardinals blew a four-run lead but center fielder Rick Ankiel scored the winning run in the 10th inning on the second of two Philadelphia errors. They were outscored by 16 runs in the series, losing 20-2 in the first game, but won two games out of three. The Cardinals have won four straight series.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--OF Skip Schumaker is 16-for-39 over his last nine starts and has lifted his batting average to .310.

--RHP Anthony Reyes, just back from Class AAA Memphis, gained his second win in relief with a perfect 10th inning.

--RHP Chris Carpenter is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday to get a second opinion concerning the pain in his right elbow. Carpenter had Tommy John surgery last July and was rehabilitating the arm in Florida when he felt renewed discomfort.

--3B Troy Glaus' third-inning homer was his sixth this month and seventh in his last 15 games. He had only two in his first 55 games.

--CF Rick Ankiel, who had been eight for his last 60 (.133), had a double and a triple.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 in 8 -- Number of consecutive home runs allowed in eight pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies by RHP Todd Wellemeyer in the first inning on June 13.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm excited there will be a whole season when I'll be back and I'll contribute." -- 1B Albert Pujols, happy his strained left calf isn't so bad that he might be able to play by the end of June.


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