The Cardinals Major League Notebook 05/18

Right-hander Todd Wellemeyer, though walking seven batters and hitting two, wasn't scored on from the second through the sixth innings on Sunday. But, in the first, before he could record his third strikeout of the inning, he had walked three and allowed four runs.

"He pitched second baseman (Rickie) Weeks Hall of Fame-like (Wellemeyer fanned Weeks) and then it just got away from him," said manager Tony La Russa. "To his credit, he didn't give up. He hung in there and gave us a chance to get back into the game."

Wellemeyer has a 5.87 earned run average through eight starts (he is 3-4) and has only 10 perfect innings this season. This begs the question: Is he healthy?

"There's no doubt in my mind that he is," said La Russa. "He's shown enough to where we've got to stay with him."

The Cardinals are 4-9 in 13 games since the night center fielder Rick Ankiel (bruised right shoulder) was hurt and 1-4 since the night right fielder Ryan Ludwick (strained right hamstring) got hurt.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 2: The Cardinals assured themselves of their third consecutive series loss by dropping the first two of this three-game set. In their previous two series—with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh—the Cardinals lost the first two games and won the last one. They trailed 4-2 after six innings but RHP Blaine Boyer served up a three-run homer to Brewers 1B Prince Fielder in the seventh.

Notes, Quotes

• In their first 24 games, the Cardinals tallied six or more runs 11 times. In the next 13 games, they did it twice. On Sunday, manager Tony La Russa said, "We hit a lot of balls in the air. Not a lot of life up there."

• Although the Cardinals somehow are 7-5 in games started by opposing left-handers, they are batting only .227 against them, with left-handed-hitting rookie OF Colby Rasmus, for instance, at .080 (2-for-25) against left-handers with one run batted in.

"Don't we still have a winning record against (left-handers)?" asked Tony La Russa. "I'll take the half-full (glass). You take the half-empty."

• The Cardinals have lost eight of their last nine meetings with the Brewers at Busch Stadium. In those games, the Cardinals have been limited to 19 runs.

• RHP Ryan Franklin, the Cardinals' closer, has been in only two games in the last 10 days. He said he expected to pitch Monday night against Milwaukee, no matter the score.

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