The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/11

Several Cardinals, including right fielder Rick Ankiel, reported to Land Shark Stadium in Miami in the middle of the day for extra batting practice Wednesday. Ankiel responded with a double, a triple and a two-run homer, and the Cardinals amassed 18 hits en route to snapping a five-game losing streak.

Ankiel, finally coming around after a poor start marked by injury, didn't have the most hits by a Cardinal. That honor went to No. 9 hitter Brendan Ryan, who had his first four-hit day. Ryan has hit safely in eight consecutive games (14-for-31).

"Not just winning the game, it was making a statement," Ryan said. "I think we've been angry the last few days. Hopefully, we'll have the same anger and passion tomorrow."

Ankiel wasn't sure how much the extra hitting helped, but he said, "We've got to be here anyway, so why not go out and try to get it right? We lost a few too many in a row, and it's nice to break the cycle."

Fortunately for the Cardinals, they didn't fall very far off the pace in their nosedive.

"We're not panicking or freaking out or anything like that," Ryan said.

CARDINALS 13, MARLINS 4: After going more than six games without a three-run inning before putting one together Tuesday, the Cardinals punched out three rallies of at least three runs Wednesday. All eight regular players had at least one hit in the 18-hit attack, with SS Brendan Ryan having four singles, RF Rick Ankiel a double, a triple and a homer, and 3B Tyler Greene a double and two singles.

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