The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/06

A Cardinals pitching staff which had issued the fewest walks in the National League walked eight Colorado hitters Friday night, including four in a five-batter stretch in the seventh inning. That became a nine-run inning.

Albert Pujols hit his 18th homer but that was the only time he reached base, ending a streak in which he had reached base at least twice in a game for 15 consecutive games. There were two other homers by Cardinals who hadn't done much lately and they were far too late. Catcher Yadier Molina hit his fourth and first in a month and right fielder Ryan Ludwick hit his ninth and first since May 9.

The bigger issue was this: The Cardinals were one for 11 with runners in scoring position (they're six for 46 on the home stand) and they were nothing for seven with runners in scoring position in the first six innings against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who had lost all six of his decisions this year.

Manager Tony La Russa said, "They hit better than we did and they pitched better than we did. There was one really bad inning, but even when the game was closer, they pitched better and hit better than we did."

ROCKIES 11, CARDINALS 4: RHP Adam Wainwright struck out eight and gave up three hits but suffered his fourth loss. Wainwright gave up just three hits and fanned eight but it took him 112 pitches to complete six innings and one batter in the seventh.


• Rookie RHP Jess Todd made his major-league debut and didn't escape a pummeling, allowing a three-run homer to Rockies 2B Ian Stewart in the seventh. Todd, who had been closing at Class AAA Memphis, threw 45 pitches in 1 2/3 innings. "It didn't look like he was nervous," said manager Tony La Russa. "He wasn't scared. He came right after them." Todd is the first player from the Cardinals' 2007 draft to make the majors.

• LHP Dennys Reyes walked Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa, an .056 hitter, with the bases loaded.

"That's the worst thing a pitcher can do," said Reyes, who didn't remember ever walking a pitcher with the bases loaded. "Unacceptable."

• As expected, Cardinals RHP Kyle Lohse was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career, suffering from a strained forearm flexor. It is not known when Lohse will return but it isn't likely to be in 15 days because Lohse said he won't even throw a ball until the swelling is reduced and he is pain-free.

• At any point now, INF Joe Thurston will be leaving the club, having been given permission to attend the birth of his child in California. Given that framework, the Cardinals have recalled INF Tyler Greene, who was in the lineup at shortstop Friday and had two hits and two walks.

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