No one really blamed
"I thought (
Lohse, who didn't feel well before the game because of allergies, no doubt felt the worst about his performance. Three times in the first four innings, he was staked to a two-run lead. Each time, Lohse (0-2) lost that lead in the bottom of the inning, with Mitchell Boggs abetting in the fourth when he surrendered what turned out to be a game-winning, three-run homer on a hanging pitch to Arizona's Mark Reynolds.
It certainly was a game of two
halves by the Cardinals offense. Two home runs by Ryan Ludwick and one by Albert Pujols highlighted a seven-run performance in the first four innings. But the
Lohse was 15-6 in 2008, his first year with the Cardinals, and was 3-0 in April last year before suffering an assortment of injuries that hampered the rest of his season. Lohse finished 6-10, including 1-6 with a 6.18 ERA on the road. And he has been no better on the road this year, giving up 11 runs in nine innings over two starts.
"Just bad command out there today," Lohse said. "From the first batter on, it was a battle. It was a poor job of finishing out an inning."
On offense, Lohse, who finished
Saturday's 20-inning game in left field, did single home the Cardinals' final
run in the fourth. But he also served up two of the four hits amassed by
"Everybody who pitched for us had a tough time," La Russa said.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, CARDINALS 7: RHP Kyle Lohse is the only one of the Cardinals' starters to struggle this year, but he really hasn't been effective since last April. Lohse suffered his 12th loss in 15 decisions since then, giving up seven runs, eight hits and four walks in three-plus innings.
--1B Albert Pujols hit his first homer since April 12. He went back-to-back with RF Ryan Ludwick in the third inning.
--RF Ryan Ludwick continues to thrive hitting second in front of Pujols. He went 3-for-4 with two homers, although he was caught off first in a key play in the fourth inning. Ludwick is 14-for-36 (.389) since being moved into the No. 2 spot more or less permanently, and he's homered three times in the last three games.
--Rookie C Bryan Anderson got the
first hit of his major league career, a looping single in the fourth inning.
--With the exception of LHP Dennys Reyes, who had a scoreless eighth inning, the bullpen wasn't very good. RHP Mitchell Boggs gave up a three-run homer in the fourth and then had to pitch out of a bases-loaded spot he created in the fifth. RHP Kyle McClellan, who has been erratic since the beginning of the season, walked three and gave up three hits and a run in two innings.
BY THE NUMBERS: 652 -- Pitches thrown in the Cardinals' 2-1, 20-inning loss to the Mets on April 17.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've got to say
that's up there with one of the highlights of my career. That was something I
always wanted to do -- to go on the mound and see how that felt. It was pretty
awesome." -- INF Felipe Lopez, on his first professional pitching appearance. He
threw a scoreless inning against
--C Jason LaRue (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 12. He might return in late April.