Almost remarkably, the Cardinals still are tied for first place in the National League Central with an offense that continues to disappoint.
Wainwright (6-3) fanned a
career-high-tying 12 while working only seven innings. With the Cardinals
offense doing nothing against
"The pitch was a little higher than I wanted," Wainwright said. "It wasn't exactly the pitch I was trying to throw, but I definitely didn't think he'd hit it out. He put a good swing on it."
The Cardinals had their best shot
"That's a big miss," manager Tony La Russa said. "Colby's got to put the ball in play there. He'll learn."
Rasmus has struck out at least twice in four of his last five starts, and he's fanned three times in two of those games.
In the second inning, with two on and two outs, Ryan Ludwick struck out to end the inning.
After the second inning, the
Cardinals, stymied by three
PADRES 1, CARDINALS 0:
scored one run or none for the 11th time this season. That represents more than
half their 20 losses.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--RHP Kyle Lohse will
seek a second opinion regarding his ailing right forearm Wednesday from a
--1B Albert Pujols still has just one homer this month and no RBI in his last 10 games. But he did get three singles Tuesday after going hitless on the weekend at home.
--RF Ryan Ludwick made a spectacular catch against Will Venable in right-center in the third inning, holding onto the ball as he tumbled onto the warning track after banging hard into the wall. But Ludwick went hitless for the third straight game.
--RHP Adam Wainwright worked at
least six innings for the 15th consecutive start, which is the longest current
streak in the majors. Wainwright struck out
--CF Colby Rasmus had another multi-strikeout game and ended an inning by grounding into a double play for the first time this season in 132 at-bats.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1,045 -- Consecutive starts, since May 2003, in which 1B Albert Pujols had hit third before manager Tony La Russa moved him to fourth at the start of a home stand May 17. Pujols returned to the No. 3 spot on May 22 after the Cardinals went 4-1.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's over. We said what we said. It's over." -- 1B Albert Pujols, after a testy exchange with manager Tony La Russa when Pujols showed displeasure with a runner being thrown out trying to steal while he was at-bat May 21.
RHP Kyle Lohse (right forearm inflammation) left his May 22 start. An MRI on May 24 found no structural damage. He almost certainly will miss his May 29 start, but his long-term status was in doubt pending further evaluation.
RHP Blake Hawksworth (right groin soreness) didn't pitch May 20-23. He is expected to be ready to pitch May 25.
RHP Brad Penny (strained upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He might resume throwing in late May.