Jaime Garcia keeps pitching well, just not well enough to win. At least with the way the Cardinals hit when he's on the mound.
Garcia, throwing one of
his best games of the season, knocked off his 13th consecutive start in which
he's allowed two earned runs or fewer. But all the seven innings of two-run ball
got him was a 2-1 loss to
The seven-inning outing
tied the longest of Garcia's career, and his 111 pitches thrown also were a
career high. However, manager Tony La Russa pointed out that Garcia would get an
extra day of rest before his next start, Tuesday in
The Cardinals offense failed to help Garcia in large part because they couldn't get the ball on the ground.
While careful to praise
The Cardinals failed
Wednesday night to sweep a three-game series for the fifth time this season
after taking the first two games of the series. They have had just five chances
to sweep three-game sets, although they took a four-gamer from
"It's one of the ways that you put together a big-win season," La Russa said. "That's going to mean 20, 25, 30, 35 (games) over .500 -- when you do have a chance to go plus-three for a series and you go plus-one.
"You've got to take advantage of it. Yeah, it's a big thing."
MARINERS 2, CARDINALS 1: The Cardinals had a runner at third with one out in the eighth inning and a runner at second with one out in the ninth, but they scored neither time. The big out was a popup to the infield by 2B Felipe Lopez with PR Randy Winn at third and one out in the eighth. LF Matt Holliday, 14-for-74 (.189) with men in scoring position, then struck out.
NOTES AND QUOTES
The instant replay rule on home runs was used for the second time this season at Busch Stadium. But, with little available in the way of replay help—and after five minutes of observation by the umpires—the call of a double stood for 1B Albert Pujols' drive that appeared to nick the glove of Seattle's Milton Bradley and then kick off the wall and back on the field. "I have no complaints," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. Pujols came around to score anyway on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.
PH Nick Stavinoha's
double in a fruitless eighth inning was his 10th pinch hit in 31 at-bats (.323).
Stavinoha is playing in his first full big-league season. Rookie OF Jon Jay,
since sent back to play more at Class AAA Memphis, was 6-for-16 (.375) as a
pinch hitter with
The homer RHP Ryan Franklin allowed in the ninth inning Tuesday was the first he had permitted at home since Sept. 26, 2008. Franklin, who has become one of the best closers in the league late in a previously undistinguished career, has given up only four homers in his last 96 games.
LHP Dennys Reyes allowed a single by Seattle RF Ichiro Suzuki in the eighth inning, the eighth consecutive hit Reyes has given up to a left-handed batter. The 8-for-8 run comes after left-handed batters began the season 2-for-25 (.080) against Reyes.
3B David Freese had three hits for his 20th multi-hit game of the season. It was his sixth three-hit game.
By the Numbers:
Quote to Note:
"I'm a big believer that at the end of the year our numbers will be there and we'll be as a team right where we want to be."
-1B Albert Pujols on his and LF Matt Holliday's lack of productivity.
RHP Kyle Lohse (right forearm strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 5. He had surgery May 28 to alleviate muscle discomfort. He planned to begin playing catch June 21.
RHP Brad Penny (strained upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He tossed from a mound June 9 but did not throw on a downward plane. He might be out until the All-Star break.