Cardinals Major League Notebook: 06/29/10

The Cardinals were the recipient of a gift win on Monday as Arizona committed two errors in the ninth.



The Cardinals scored three runs in the ninth inning, all of them crossing the plate without the ball leaving the infield and with manager Tony La Russa not watching from the dugout.

"It was very entertaining, I guess," said La Russa, who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes as Yadier Molina batted in the ninth inning.

"But it was just a weird night. I don't even think the moon's full, is it?"

In addition to two throwing errors by D-backs players in the ninth inning, Cardinals outfielder Randy Winn, who has played 250 consecutive errorless games, made one of the biggest mistakes of his career. Winn, leaping to try to glove Mark Reynolds' drive to right-center, instead knocked the ball into the Cardinals' bullpen for a two-run homer.

Then, La Russa, while officially out of the game, might have helped win it by continuing an argument with home-plate umpire Mark Carlson after being thumbed.

Arizona pitcher Dan Haren, who played for La Russa in 2003-04, knew what La Russa was doing as Haren stretched trying to stay limber. He then allowed singles to Molina and Brendan Ryan and had to come out of the game.

"Tony's good at delaying like that," Haren said. "I've seen it before and I knew exactly what he was doing. He'll probably do it again because it looks like it worked."

La Russa had some interaction with his own starting pitcher, Chris Carpenter. Carpenter appeared to have a heated exchange with La Russa in the seventh inning when Carpenter was told he was out of the game after throwing 109 pitches.

CARDINALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5: The Cardinals survived three home runs by Arizona and scored three runs in the ninth inning with the help of two Arizona throwing errors. Two of the three runs were scored by pitchers who weren't even in the game until the ninth.

Pinch runner Jaime Garcia scored on the first wild throw after pinch hitter Adam Wainwright's sacrifice bunt attempt. Wainwright came around to score after the second wild throw.


3B David Freese is expected to go on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle, which hasn't healed since he first hurt it June 5. Freese was injured while running the bases against Milwaukee, and he has hobbled occasionally ever since while going 11-for-50 and dropping under .300. INF Tyler Greene is a likely recall from Class AAA Memphis.

RHP Chris Carpenter was struck on the right forearm by a drive hit by Arizona 2B Kelly Johnson to start the game but stayed in to pitch seven innings, giving up three runs. He had an 18 2/3-inning scoreless streak over three starts stopped when 1B Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

RHP Brad Penny threw for 20 minutes off the bullpen mound as he stepped up his comeback from a muscle strain in his upper back suffered May 21. Manager Tony La Russa, however, doesn't expect Penny back until after the All-Star break.

RHP Kyle Lohse played catch for the first time after having had forearm surgery. Lohse is on the 60-day disabled list until at least July 23 and probably longer.

RF Ryan Ludwick (strained right calf) missed his fifth start out of the last six and probably will be out for the final two games of the Arizona series.

RHP Blake Hawksworth, who pitched a solid five innings in beating Kansas City on Saturday, will get another start Thursday against Milwaukee. Hawksworth has been in the bullpen for all but two appearances this season.

C Yadier Molina, who had been 1-for-34, had two singles.

SS Brendan Ryan, who had been 0-for-18, had two singles.

By the Numbers:

4 - Number of interleague series won by the Cardinals this year out of the five they played.

Quote to Note:

"What more can he do?"

- Manager Tony La Russa after RHP Blake Hawksworth, a spot starter, worked five innings, giving up just two hits and one earned run, in beating Kansas City. It was the second big-league start for Hawksworth, who had been pulled from the bullpen.




Medical Watch:

3B David Freese (sprained right ankle) was expected to go on the disabled list June 29. The ankle hasn't been right since he first hurt it on June 5.

RF Ryan Ludwick (strained left calf) left the June 22 game, and he didn't play June 23-24. He appeared as the designated hitter June 25, then sat out June 26. He missed the June 27 game and might be out a couple of days longer. Manager Tony La Russa is blaming himself for playing Ludwick on June 25 when he reinjured his leg scoring on a sacrifice fly.

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 played catch for the first time since the surgery June 28.

RHP Brad Penny (strained upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He threw in the bullpen for 20 minutes June 28 but is unlikely to return before the All-Star break.

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