The Cardinals Major League Notebook 07/22

The Cardinals' bullpen absorbed its 21st loss this season when righty Ryan Franklin, the closer of the moment, gave up a solo homer to Milwaukee's Bill Hall and two more runs in the 10th inning Monday.

"I didn't make the pitches when I had to," said Franklin.

The defeat dropped the Cardinals percentage points behind the Brewers into third place in the National League Central and nullified a comeback in which the Cardinals had tied the game in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Skip Schumaker.

Also, the Cardinals' season-high winning streak was stopped at five games. The Cardinals have three more games with the Brewers in this series and five more with them this season, all at Busch Stadium.

Third baseman Troy Glaus continued to be one of the hottest hitters in baseball -- in some of the hottest weather in baseball. Glaus doubled to knock in two runs in the first and doubled but was left stranded in the 10th.

Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .525 (21-for-40). In games in which it was above 85 degrees (it was 95 on Monday), he is 14-for-40 (.350) with five home runs.

BREWERS 6, CARDINALS 3 (10): The Cardinals played their 13th extra-inning game of the season, tied for the most in the majors. They lost a major-league high ninth in extra innings as RHP Ryan Franklin surrendered three runs in the 10th to take his third loss of the season.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--LHP Jaime Garcia, who pitched five innings in Sunday's win, was sent down to Class AAA Memphis. RHP Mitchell Boggs was called up from Memphis. Garcia, 22, said, "I'm ready for any decision they made. If they told me, 'You're starting in New York (on Friday), I'd be ready for it.' Whatever decision they made is fine with me."

--RHP Joel Pineiro allowed his first home run after 23 2/3 innings when 2B Rickie Weeks connected in the fifth.

--OF Ryan Ludwick's hitting streak was snapped at six games when he struck out in his only at-bat.

--The Cardinals are only 17-16 in the first game of a series.

--RHP Kelvin Jimenez has worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief over the last two days.

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- Number of consecutive victories by Kyle Lohse after he won the Cardinals' first game after the All-Star break.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It would be huge, assuming that they are able to come back at the level we're expecting." -- GM John Mozeliak, on the hoped-for return of ace RHPs Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright from injuries.


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