Cardinals Major League Notebook: 05/26/10

Adam Wainwright's 12 strikeout performance was wasted as the Cardinals lost 1-0 in San Diego Tuesday night.

INSIDE PITCH

 

   Almost remarkably, the Cardinals still are tied for first place in the National League Central with an offense that continues to disappoint.

  

   St. Louis was shut out for the fourth time Tuesday, ruining what was perhaps Adam Wainwright's best performance of the season.

 

   Wainwright (6-3) fanned a career-high-tying 12 while working only seven innings. With the Cardinals offense doing nothing against San Diego right-hander Jon Garland, Wainwright couldn't make many mistakes. Not even one, as it turned out. He left a curveball in the hitting zone for Jerry Hairston Jr., in the second inning, and Hairston lined a home run over the left field wall for the only run of the game.

  

  "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 at Garland in the first two innings.

 

   With the bases loaded and one out in the first, Colby Rasmus, who is striking out at a furious pace, and David Freese both fanned.

 

   "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 San Diego double plays, didn't get another runner into scoring position until the ninth. Albert Pujols, who had three singles, got to second base on a one-out passed ball before Rasmus struck out again. Freese, battling back from being down 0-2 in the count, drew a walk, but Yadier Molina tapped out weakly.

 

   PADRES 1, CARDINALS 0: The Cardinals scored one run or none for the 11th time this season. That represents more than half their 20 losses. St. Louis went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position.

 

NOTES AND QUOTES

 

   --RHP Kyle Lohse will seek a second opinion regarding his ailing right forearm Wednesday from a specialist in Anaheim. "I just want to know something more about what I'm dealing with," Lohse said. The Cardinals intend to promote a pitcher, probably RHP Adam Ottavino, from Class AAA Memphis, to start Saturday in Chicago.

 

   --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 San Diego 1B Adrian Gonzalez three times.

 

   --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.

 

ROSTER REPORT

 

Medical Watch:

 

   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.


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