Cardinals Major League Notebook: 07/28/09

Matt Holliday put the Cards up on the Dodgers and they never trailed Monday, taking game one, 6-1.



Three newcomers got their first Busch Stadium hits as Cardinals on Monday night.


Matt Holliday, who had seven hits in three games on the road, hit a 400-foot line drive off the center-field wall to drive in a run in the first inning. And he got a standing ovation even before he came to bat.


Julio Lugo, who had eight hits in the weekend series in Philadelphia, beat out an infield hit to drive in a run in the second.


And Mark DeRosa homered for his first Busch Stadium hit in the seventh inning. DeRosa's case was a little different. Missing two weeks while he was on the disabled list, DeRosa had been hitless at home both before and after his left wrist injury.


DeRosa's hitless streak at Busch extended to 17 at-bats covering a month on the calendar before he hit James McDonald's first pitch for a homer in the seventh. "I was thinking about it as I was running around the bases," said DeRosa. "I'm like, 'It took long enough to get a hit in a home uniform.' "That's what (the players) were saying in Philly. They were saying, 'Holliday comes over and gets four hits. It took you a month to get a hit.'"


Four double plays, tying a season high, and two excellent catches by Ryan Ludwick enabled Chris Carpenter to pitch around nine hits, two walks and two hit batsmen in seven innings. Carpenter notched his fourth straight win this month.


This was Carpenter's 32nd consecutive start in which he walked two batters or fewer.


CARDINALS 6, DODGERS 1: LF Matt Holliday's debut in St. Louis was a success. Holliday doubled in a run in the first inning and the Cardinals never were headed. Holliday has had five doubles in his first four games as a Cardinal, with at least one in each game. No Cardinal has done that since at least 1954.




--RHP Jess Todd, who had 24 saves and a 2.20 earned run average at Class AAA Memphis, was the player named to complete the trade for INF Mark DeRosa. Earlier, the Cardinals had sent another potential closer, RHP Chris Perez, to the Indians. Cleveland chose Todd from a group of several Cardinals' minor leaguers.


--Rehabilitation options continue for 3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery) and INF Khalil Greene (anxiety) at Class AA Springfield and Class AAA Memphis, respectively. Greene's expires on Friday, however.


BY THE NUMBERS: 35 1/3 -- number of innings RHP Joel Pineiro went without issuing a walk.


QUOTE TO NOTE: "We liked our team. But now we like it better." -- GM John Mozeliak, after making a trade to obtain LF Matt Holliday from Oakland.




--CF Colby Rasmus, bothered by a deep bone bruise on his left heel, received a cortisone injection -- his second -- on Monday and didn't play.


--OF Rick Ankiel extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-24) and will be hard to dislodge from the lineup. Ankiel raised his average to .240 with a 2-for-4 game, including a run-scoring single in a four-run seventh. "That was probably the biggest hit of the night," said manager Tony La Russa, who has been hoping for a while that Ankiel would show more discipline at bat. "A lot of guys have made their season in the last couple of months with hits like that. If he swings the bat like this from here to the end, he will have had an outstanding season."


--SS Brendan Ryan took part in three double plays. He also enjoyed the second four-hit game of his career and drove in two runs against the Dodgers, the favorite team of his youth. It was as many runs batted in as he had since July 9. While Ryan sat the last two days in Philadelphia, INF Julio Lugo, acquired from Boston, finished off an eight-hit, three-game run over the weekend. Ryan noticed. "I hope we don't sign someone else," Ryan said. "I may be wearing a Memphis uniform."


--3B Mark DeRosa's home run was his fifth as a Cardinal in his 13th game with them.


--RHP Todd Wellemeyer, who has been hammered in his last three starts, might be skipped Friday.


--RHP Mitchell Boggs, who was with the club earlier in the season, might be brought up from Class AAA Memphis, and speculation about that increased late Monday night when Boggs was scratched as Memphis' starter for its game Tuesday night.

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