The Cardinals Major League Notebook 05/19

Manager Tony La Russa told his team after Monday's 8-4 loss to Milwaukee that it was a team loss, and he included himself.

Manager Tony La Russa told his team after Monday's 8-4 loss to Milwaukee that it was a team loss, and he included himself.

La Russa took himself to task for pitching Kyle Lohse against the Brewers on just two days' rest after Lohse had been rained out following a two-inning stint against the Brewers on Friday. Lohse allowed four runs and walked three in four innings, throwing a total of 89 pitches.

"Pitching Kyle tonight was a bad decision," said La Russa. "It was not a good choice.

"There was a better way to go and I went the wrong way. He was up with everything."

Lohse, who has lost three straight decisions after winning three, took the onus off La Russa.

"I know Tony questioned himself. But it is my bad. (Pitching on short rest) felt like it was the thing to do. It should have worked out better," said Lohse. "Obviously, I didn't have my best control. Everything was up. I tried to do my best. Obviously, it wasn't very good. Plain and simply, I pitched (poorly)."

Lohse wasn't the only one. Cardinals hurlers walked 11, giving them 23 walks for the three-game series.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: The Cardinals lost a third straight series to a National League Central Division opponent, but this time they didn't win the third game, as they had against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. They lost for the ninth time in their last 10 meetings at Busch Stadium against Milwaukee. They never led in the series, other than a two-run homer by CF Colby Rasmus(that was rained out on Friday night.

Notes, Quotes

• The Cardinals have lost 10 of their last 14 and fallen three games out of first place in the National League Central Division. But RHP Kyle Lohse, Monday's losing pitcher, said, "We've got a long ways to go. If we sit around and hang our heads about not playing very well right now, we don't deserve anything better than we've been getting."

• The Cardinals lost to a former teammate, Milwaukee RHP Braden Looper, for the second time in the series. Earlier, RHP Jeff Suppan had blanked them for seven innings. 2B Skip Schumaker, who hit a homer off Brewers RH reliever Mark DiFelice, said Suppan and Looper's knowledge of the Cardinals' hitters was an overrated factor. "We know (Looper) just as much he knows us," Schumaker said.

• The Cardinals scored their first runs in 24 innings against RHP Braden Looper in his career. The former Cardinal had blanked the Cards in 16 relief outings covering 17 innings in his career.

• The Cardinals' 11 walks were the most by the club in a nine-inning game since July 28, 2004 at Cincinnati when RHP Jeff Suppan issued 10 of the 11 Cardinals walks.

By The Numbers: 11—Rookies who have played for the Cardinals this season. OF Nick Stavinoha(notes), brought up from Class AAA Memphis, was the latest.

Quote To Note: "At the big-league level, ‘almost good enough' is never good enough. Next time, I'll try to be good enough."—RHP Adam Wainwright, after losing, 1-0, to Milwaukee, giving up only two hits in eight innings.

Roster Report

• SS Khalil Greene was benched for the third time in four games, although Greene pinch hit and fanned. Manager Tony La Russa said he would treat Greene as a "utility player" for a while. "He's beating himself up," said La Russa.

• RHP Chris Perez's one-inning performance of three walks and three strikeouts marked only the second time since 2007 that it had happened in the big leagues. The other one-inning, three-strikeout, three-walk stint since then also occurred at Busch Stadium this season, when Pittsburgh RHP Donnie Veal did it against the Cardinals on April 7.

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