Cardinals Major League Notebook: 08/06/09

Kyle Lohse couldn't get out of the third inning as the Cardinals were spanked by the Mets 9-0 on Wednesday. The short series ended 1-1.



The good news is that Albert Pujols, who hit .207 for a 15-game stretch, is now hot. The bad news is that Kyle Lohse is not.


Pujols hit two homers, including a grand slam, at New York on Tuesday, then added two doubles Wednesday. But he never got past second base, and the Cardinals were blanked for the second time three games.


Lohse, whose last win came May 23 when he was forced out of a game after being hit on the right forearm by a pitch, lasted just 2 2/3 innings Wednesday. He suffered his fourth loss in a row.


He was pitching just one day after learning that his 19-year-old cousin, Craig Lohse, had died from injuries sustained in a July 26 jet ski accident near Chico, Calif.


The younger Lohse, who was a redshirt freshman baseball player at Shasta College last season, had remained in a coma with brain injuries since the accident.


Lohse, who had told several teammates about the tragedy, didn't seem himself at all, pitching high in the strike zone or behind the hitters. Since he was hit by the pitch, Lohse also had suffered a more serious flexor tendon injury in his forearm when he made an awkward throw after fielding a bunt in a June 3 start. That injury had forced Lohse onto the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career.


"It was not a good outing for him," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Lohse, who allowed his most damaging hit to Mets reliever Nelson Figueroa, who tripled home two runs in a three-run second inning.


Mets 9, Cardinals 0:   The Cardinals' new-look lineup hasn't been very consistent. One day after scoring 12 runs, St. Louis shut out by three Mets second-line pitchers. One day before scoring 12 runs, the Cardinals were shut out by Houston rookie RHP Bud Norris and three relievers.




• LF Matt Holliday and 1B Albert Pujols aren't on the same page quite yet. Holliday went 20-for-33 while Pujols was struggling. Now, Pujols has had two homers, three doubles and a single in the last two games, while Holliday has gone 1-for-10 in those two games and 1-for-14 in his last three.


• INF Joe Thurston made a rare start at second base and got two hits, although he bungled a potential double play in the first inning. The Cardinals got only a forceout before Mets 3B David Wright hit a two-run homer with two outs.


• RHP Joel Pineiro, whose ERA had dipped under 3.00, allowed seven runs in five innings Tuesday, his worst game of the season. Pineiro, the leader in fewest walks and homers allowed in the league, didn't give up any in either category, but he didn't strike out anybody either. The Mets made hard contact all night.


• The Cardinals bullpen reeled off five scoreless innings Tuesday. RHP Kyle McClellan got the win, but RHP Todd Wellemeyer, a defrocked starter, took a step forward with two scoreless innings.


By The Numbers:   39—At-bats without an extra-base hit for 1B Albert Pujols before he doubled July 29.


Quote To Note:   "He's a relentless hitter, is what he is."—Manager Tony La Russa, on hot-hitting LF Matt Holliday.




• Both 1B Albert Pujols and RF Ryan Ludwick were hit in the arm by pitches from Mets hurlers Wednesday. But when RHP Brad Thompson went up and in on Mets 3B David Wright is when Cardinals manager Tony La Russa got most upset. "Big-leaguers shouldn't throw the ball up there (to the head)," La Russa said. "I'm not happy with Brad Thompson there."


• CF Colby Rasmus continues to struggle mightily. Used as a reserve Wednesday, he fanned twice and flied out, extending his streaks of futility to 6-for-64, 3-for-43 and 0-for-13. His average has dropped nearly 40 points since just before the All-Star break.


• 3B Mark DeRosa has hit seven homers for the Cardinals in 21 games but has done little else offensively, as he probably still is bothered by the torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. DeRosa has gone 1-for-17 since homering to tie Friday's game.


Medical Watch: 


SS Brendan Ryan (bruised left ankle) left the July 30 game, and he did not play July 31-Aug. 5. He is day-to-day.


3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He began a minor league rehab assignment July 11. He was shut down in late July because of recurring back pain, and he won't resume action before Sept. 1.


LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on July 23.

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