Right-hander Kyle Lohse is making
progress after returning from forearm surgery in early June. But he is 2-7 this
year and 4-14 since being hit in the right arm by a pitch a year ago.
Lohse, making his fourth
start since his surgery, was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning Tuesday but
surrendered a two-run single to Milwaukee third baseman Casey McGehee that
proved to be the winning hit.
Manager Tony La Russa,
"irritated" by a number of aspects of the game, said one of those aspects was
"The reason we lost
wasn't our starting pitcher," said La Russa. "We scored two runs over nine
innings -- that's really the story. I know it is. Kyle is a targeted Cardinal,
so I think he deserves credit for what he did today.
"You should be asking
about our offense, not about our pitching."
What, then, about the
offense? "It wasn't good enough," said La Russa.
The Cardinals scored only
in the second on four straight hits by Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Colby Rasmus.
They had a chance to add
on in the inning but, with runners at second and third, one out and the score
tied 2-2, Pedro Feliz popped up.
"You've got to get a run
there," said La Russa. "That wasn't a very good at-bat."
BREWERS 4, CARDINALS
2: The Cardinals,
who have had trouble with almost everybody in the National League Central except
division-leading Cincinnati, lost for the seventh time in 14 meetings with
Cardinals had only two hits after the fourth inning.
RHP Kyle Lohse hasn't
been the same since Kansas
City left-hander Ron Mahay hit him with a pitch in the
right arm on May 23, 2009. He is 4-14 since then. "I wish that pitch had hit me
anywhere else," said Lohse. "I would have saved a lot of gray hairs and
LHP Jaime Garcia, who has
more victories than any other rookie pitcher in the National League and the
fifth-lowest ERA (2.35) in the league, will seek his 14th victory of the season
Wednesday when he faces the Milwaukee Brewers. Garcia is 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA
against the Brewers in four starts this year. Although a pitcher hasn't won the
National League Rookie of the Year award since 2003, pitching coach Dave Duncan,
endorsing Garcia's candidacy, said, "His record speaks for itself. His
consistency speaks for itself. I hope he doesn't think too much about
Although the Cardinals'
Class AAA Memphis team is in the Pacific Coast League playoffs, the Cardinals
recalled SS Tyler Greene. Manager Tony La Russa said the Cardinals' organization
had determined that Memphis had protection at shortstop in Donovan Solano, who was impressive in big-league camp this spring, now that Solano had
recovered from an illness.
1B Albert Pujols again
has been chosen as his team's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which
Pujols won in 2008. The award is given for outstanding play on the field and for
excellence in community service.
No player ever has won
the award twice, but Pujols appreciates being nominated again because "it's not
what you do in the game, it's what you do off the field. I don't play to get
that award. I don't do things to get awards. I do things to make sure I bless
God and give back to the community," said Pujols.
INF Felipe Lopez, who has
been bothered by a knee injury for some time and has had it drained on several
occasions, was back in the lineup at second base. But a nothing-for-four night
dropped Lopez to 8 for his last 75 since Aug. 4. His average has gone from .266
to .233. "He's handled it. He continues to work," said La Russa. "He's been a
good teammate. He's got so much to offer if he's hitting his
By the Numbers:
22-25 - Cardinals' record against
the four National League Central Division teams other than the Reds. They finished 12-6 against
Quote to Note:
"At less than 100
percent, he's still a great player."
- Manager Tony La Russa, saying
that 1B Albert Pujols isn't at top form physically in the midst of a recent
C Jason LaRue
(concussion) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 13. He was moved to the
60-day DL on Aug. 19, ending his season.
RHP Adam Ottavino (right
shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4, and he
was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 17. He won't need surgery, but he is
out for the season.
3B David Freese (right
ankle surgery) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28, and he
was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 15. He was originally out due to a bone
bruise on his right ankle, and then he broke his left big toe in mid-July. He
tore a right ankle tendon Aug. 2 in his first rehab game with Class AA
Springfield, and he had season-ending surgery Aug. 6.
RHP Brad Penny (strained
upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He threw bullpen sessions
June 28 and July 1 but had to cut short a bullpen session July 6 because of
tightness in his triceps area. He underwent an MRI on July 7, which found
nothing that hadn't been diagnosed before. As of Aug. 5, he was playing catch
but not throwing off a mound. Penny is out