Cardinals Major League Notebook: 05/10/10

Reserve infielder Tyler Greene led with the glove and bat as the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh on Sunday to take two of three.



Matt Holliday was out of the lineup with a sore right groin. Left-handed hitting Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker were sitting against a left-handed starter in Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm. Albert Pujols was walked three times, twice intentionally. And the Cardinals, who had lived by the long ball for much of the early part of the season, didn't hit a home run Sunday.


Normally, this wouldn't translate into 11 runs but a lineup featuring three bench players amassed that many without a home run by connecting for six hits in 12 at-bats with men in scoring position.


Besides making two outstanding defensive plays, second baseman Tyler Greene had a hit, stole third and scored two runs. Center fielder Joe Mather singled twice in six at-bats and right fielder Nick Stavinoha had a two-run double.


And yes, all this without a home run.


"They'll have to say something else now," said manager Tony La Russa. "Like, 'where did their power go?'"


Hitting coach Mark McGwire said it was all a matter of patience.


"When you're patient at the plate and you get the pitches you want to hit, it's amazing what will happen," McGwire said.


CARDINALS 11, PIRATES 4: Capping an 11-for-22 trip, catcher Yadier Molina drove in three runs -- all with two out -- and right-hander Adam Wainwright posted his fifth win in six decisions despite admittedly not having his best stuff. The Cardinals had a four-run inning and a five-run frame after scoring more than two runs in an inning only once in the first six games of this seven-game trip.




The Cardinals' win raised their record at PNC Park to 52-26, the best by any National League team with more than 50 games played here. But 1B Albert Pujols, who has 23 homers there in 10 seasons was held homerless as was everyone on both teams for the three-game series.


1B Albert Pujols struck out against Pittsburgh LHP Paul Maholm in the third inning, marking the first time Pujols had struck out against Maholm in 27 career at-bats. Pujols is 16-for-27 with three homers against Maholm. He has an uncharacteristically high total of 21 strikeouts this season to go with 21 walks, although 11 of the walks have been intentional.


LF Matt Holliday, who has a sore right groin, was told by manager Tony La Russa to take a day off ahead of Monday's regularly scheduled off day. Holliday said he would be ready to play on Tuesday at home against Houston.


RHP Kyle McClellan got his first big league hit in the eighth inning of Sunday's game, after eight fruitless at-bats in the majors. It was a ball that dribbled over the third-base bag after Pirates 3B Andy LaRoche unwisely had elected to let the ball roll foul. "It was a line drive. It was hard hit," said McClellan, smiling. "I already erased the tape off our video."


CF Joe Mather and RF Nick Stavinoha each got his first hit with a man in scoring position, ending dry spells of eight at-bats and six, respectively. Right-handed-hitting OF Ryan Ludwick drove in his first run against a left-handed pitcher with a triple in his 29th at-bat against a left-hander.

By The Numbers:


21—Number of games in which a Cardinals starter did not give up a home run before RHP Brad Penny permitted two against Philadelphia on May 5.

Quote To Note:


"We're patiently impatient."

—Manager Tony La Russa, waiting for a resolution of INF Felipe Lopez's throwing arm difficulties.




Medical Watch:


LF Matt Holliday (strained groin) left the May 7 game, and he appeared as a pinch hitter May 8. He did not play on May 9 and is day-to-day.


INF Felipe Lopez (strained right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list April 26. As of May 3, he hadn't resumed swinging a bat.

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