Cardinals Major League Notebook: 07/13/09

Heading into the break, Ryan Ludwick and Adam Wainwright powered the Cardinals to splits of their Sunday doubleheader and weekend series with the Cubs.

Some sloppy defense bedeviled the Cardinals in right-hander Kyle Lohse's return from the disabled list, but Lohse didn't pitch all that well in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Trailing 4-3 with the bases loaded and one out in the Cubs' seventh, the Cardinals quickly unloaded them as second baseman Skip Schumaker fired wildly to the plate on a potential double-play ball, allowing one run to score, and then first baseman Albert Pujols let a ball go through his legs for two more.

Lohse, who has been disabled since June 3 because of a strained forearm flexor, needed 96 pitches to get through five innings and surrendered two homers.

Todd Wellemeyer, whose next start won't come until July 21, was called on in relief for the first time and didn't seem ready for it. He threw 10 balls out of 12 pitches and walked two hitters as he filled the bases before rookie righty P.J. Walters was victimized by the errors.

The Cardinals were a bit short in the bullpen with Dennys Reyes having returned to Mexico to care for an ailing relative and Kyle McClellan overworked lately.

GAME ONE -- CHICAGO 7, CARDINALS 3: 1B Albert Pujols doubled home two of the Cardinals' three runs in the second inning and scored the other one himself. That gave Pujols 87 runs batted in for the club's first 90 games but the Cardinals had more than one runner on base in just one inning the rest of the way.

GAME TWO -- CARDINALS 4, CUBS 2: OF Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of longballs and drove in all four of the Cardinals' runs, while Adam Wainwright pitched eight innings to earn his 10th win of the season.

--RHP Kyle Lohse (strained forearm flexor) was activated and started the first game of Sunday's day-night doubleheader.
--RHP Blake Hawksworth was optioned to Class AAA Memphis to make room for RHP Kyle Lohse's return from the 15-day disabled list. Hawksworth pitched reasonably well in relief and might be the first pitcher to be recalled if the Cardinals run into any more trouble.
--RHP Chris Carpenter, who won his seventh game in 10 decisions on Friday, will open the second half of the season next Friday at home against Arizona.
--The Cardinals reached the All-Star break having played 91 games, meaning they will have just have 71 in the second half, fewer than all their competitors in the National League Central Division. The Cardinals especially should benefit from five scheduled off-days in August.
BY THE NUMBERS: 12 -- Number of walks issued by RHP Joel Pineiro in 17 starts, covering 115 1/3 innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel very good about making the All-Star team. It means people recognize you as a deserving player." -- C Yadier Molina, on his first All-Star selection.

--OF Rick Ankiel continues to struggle. Ankiel is 2-for-26 at the Break. He and OF Chris Duncan are both in very tough, but one of them must play LF every day a right-handed pitcher opposes the Cardinals.
--OF Chris Duncan is in the throes of a slump, and enters the break on a 1-for-23 skid.
--SS Brendan Ryan, playing every day, had a nine-game hitting streak before it was snapped on July 11. Ryan also has playing excellent defense.
--3B Troy Glaus, out all season after January shoulder surgery, was 1-for-5 in his first rehab as a DH for Class A Palm Beach. Glaus will have as many at 20 days on the rehab program.

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