The Cardinals' offense is off to a
St. Louis scored three runs or fewer for the
fourth consecutive game Monday. The Cardinals couldn't put the hammer down on
starter Charlie Morton, who was 2-12 with a 7.57 ERA last
In six innings against Morton, the
Cardinals drew five walks and had just three hits but scored only once. They
shoved across two runs against the Pittsburgh bullpen in the eighth inning but
fell short for the third time in four games, 4-3.
The smallest crowd in the
six-season history of new Busch Stadium still was a respectable announced
attendance of 32,007, although there were only about 21,000 people actually in
For four games, one of which they
won, the Cardinals have tallied 11 runs. But shortstop Ryan Theriot said, "We've
got at least 158 games left."
The Cardinals were 1-for-9 with
runners in scoring position Monday, overriding a night in which the St. Louis infield, at all
positions, played stellar defense.
The only hit with men in scoring
position came off the bat of Lance Berkman, who knocked in his first run as a
Cardinal with a single in the eighth. But David Freese and Yadier Molina both
struck out with the tying run at second.
Freese had a particularly rough
night, going 0-for-4, striking out twice, grounding into a double play and
getting robbed of a hit on a grounder up the middle.
Apr. 5 vs. PIRATES: Kyle McClellan (1-4, 2.27) vs. James McDonald (4-5, 3.52)
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--RHP Kyle Lohse pitched scoreless
ball through five innings but gave up a two-run double to Pittsburgh 2B Neil Walker and a two-run homer to CF Andrew McCutchen in the sixth. "I thought he
pitched really well," manager Tony La Russa said. "Just that one inning, he got
a couple balls that missed his location, and they didn't miss them. Four runs
just like that."
--1B Albert Pujols had his third
hitless game out of four and is 2-for-16 (.125) after grounding to third in each
of his three official at-bats Monday. This comes after Pujols said he was "right
where I need to be," when spring training ended.
--LHP Brian Tallet has been a
bright spot in the bullpen early in the season. He worked 1 1/3 perfect innings
Monday, running his total to 2 1/3 perfect innings over two appearances. Tallet,
who had a bad year in Toronto last year, recorded back-to-back
scoreless appearances for the first time in 18 appearances dating to
--LF Matt Holliday, speaking for
the first time Monday afternoon about the appendectomy he had last Friday, said
he felt significantly better and that he didn't want to go on the disabled list.
He said he'd be able to contribute sooner than 15 days. Holliday admitted he
hadn't been allowed by the medical staff to do any conditioning yet because he
still had stitches to cover three incisions.
--RHP Kyle McClellan will make his
first big-league start against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night after 202 relief
appearances over his first three seasons in the majors. McClellan hasn't made a
start since 2007 at Class A Palm Beach.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- OF Allen
Craig's stolen base total for his two-season career after he swiped second in
the eighth inning.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I know the
situation when I come into the game. I know there's going to be nobody on and
nobody out in the first inning." --
RHP Kyle McClellan, on making his first start in the majors after 202 relief
--LF Matt Holliday (appendectomy)
underwent the procedure April 1. He figures to be out at least a week, but he
hopes to avoid a stay on the disabled list.
--RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John
surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will
miss the entire 2011 season.
--INF Nick Punto (hernia surgery
in February 2011) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He
hopes to return in late April.