The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/23

Right-hander Todd Wellemeyer continues to be disappointing. Wellemeyer gave up 10 hits and four walks in just 5 2/3 innings Monday as the Cardinals' winning streak was stopped at three games in New York.

Wellemeyer is 6-7 and manager Tony La Russa said, succinctly, "That wasn't a well-pitched game. To win a game like that, we would have had to have a big-scoring game. I hope he understands that.

"He didn't pitch well enough."

In his last 29 innings covering four starts, Wellemeyer has given up 22 runs. He did improve in one area Monday night. After allowing two home runs in each of his last three starts, Wellemeyer permitted just one Monday—a fifth-inning solo drive by Daniel Murphy(notes).

A positive sign for the Cardinals is that Ryan Ludwick, struggling to find his stroke after spending time on the disabled list, homered for the second time in four games when he took a hanging breaking ball by Tim Redding(notes) over the left-field wall in the sixth inning.

In something of an upset, Albert Pujols failed to come through in a clutch situation, tapping into a double play against Brian Stokes(notes) when Pujols represented the tying run in the eighth inning.

"He just got fooled by a really good breaking ball," said La Russa.

New York 6, Cardinals 4: The Cardinals were scored on in the first inning for the fourth time in five games when RHP Todd Wellemeyer surrendered two first-inning runs on four singles. The Cardinals never caught up despite a two-run homer by RF Ryan Ludwick and SS Brendan Ryan's solo homer, his first in nearly two years.

Notes, Quotes

• The Cardinals haven't been good about overcoming deficits this season. When the opposition scores first, as the Mets did Monday, the Cardinals are 6-23.

• RHP Adam Wainwright worked at least six innings for the 13th straight time Sunday. In his first two of 15 starts, he worked 5 1/3 and five innings, respectively. He didn't seem to have his best "bite" on his pitches Sunday, manager Tony La Russa said, yet the right-hander fanned eight and walked no one as he boosted his record to 8-4.

By The Numbers: 2,177—Number of losses for manager Tony La Russa when he got to 2,500 wins.

Quote To Note: "If they want to talk to me about something, I'll talk. But no one has talked to me. So my job is to shut up and play."—1B Albert Pujols, on the possibility of a contract extension when his pact expires after 2011.

Roster Report • INF Khalil Greene was back in the lineup after having to come out early Sunday when he was hit near the right knee by a pitch in Kansas City. Greene extended his hitting streak to four as the Cardinals' new third baseman with a third-inning single. He also started two double plays in the field. "We've seen him in this league when he was a really tough out," said manager Tony La Russa of the former San Diego player who has been bothered this year by a social anxiety disorder.

• SS Brendan Ryan, who has been in and out of action lately because of aches and pains, managed an entire game on Monday, hitting a home run and making two outstanding defensive plays. Manager Tony La Russa said, "I told him I didn't want to keep changing the lineup. It really (ticks) me off."

• CF Colby Rasmus, after getting four hits in a row on Friday in Kansas City, has gone 0-for-12 since then and fanned twice on off-speed pitches from the Mets' Tim Redding on Monday.

• RHP Todd Wellemeyer has had problems this season, one of which has been in falling behind hitters. On Monday, he threw first-pitch strikes to just 12 of the 28 hitters he faced.

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