The Cardinals wrapped up their
11th series win in their last 13 series by beating Kansas City 9-8 in 10
innings Sunday. But backup catcher Gerald Laird, who has played in eight wins in
the 10 games he has started, suffered a broken right index finger when by a
pitch in the 10th inning. He is likely to be lost for six weeks to two months.
Manager Tony La Russa
said, "A win like this, and then to lose (Laird), who's been a key part of this
club, there's no celebrating."
Tony Cruz, who was in the
Cardinals' camp in spring training, was expected to be recalled from Class AAA
Memphis in time to join the Cardinals on Monday night in San Diego. Cruz, who has
never played in the majors, is hitting .232 with four homers and 16 RBI for
The Cardinals squandered
a six-run lead, as the Royals tied the game with two runs in the seventh inning
off left-hander Brian Tallet, making his first appearance in the majors since
breaking his right hand April 12, and right-handed rookie Eduardo Sanchez, who
had more control issues. In the inning before, when starter Jaime Garcia was
given a quick hook after allowing a homer to Jeff Francoeur, Miguel Batista gave
up a two-run homer. Batista hadn't pitched for nine days.
Louis scored its two runs in the 10th
on bases-loaded walks to Colby Rasmus, who became the first Cardinals player to
be walked five times in a game by five different pitchers, and Yadier Molina,
who finished with four hits.
Rasmus, who had struck
out five times in his last eight at-bats before his walk spree, said, "I wasn't
looking to take a pitch at all. I was going up there every at-bat looking to
swing at the first pitch."
The Cardinals have tied
their largest National League Central lead of the year at 2 1/2 games, as the
Reds have hit a five-game skid.
Sunday's win probably
should have taken a lot less time than 4 hours, 9 minutes, but Molina said, "A
win is a win. No matter how many men are left on base (15), no matter how we
C Yadier Molina has
joined the NL's batting leaders at .333 after going 15 for his last 26,
including 4-for-5 with three RBI on Sunday. Many of his hits have been to the
opposite field. "Yadi's a middle to right-center kind of hitter," hitting coach
Mark McGwire said. "And if he accidentally turns on a ball and pulls it, that's
perfect. He's good. And, on top of it, damn, catching and getting beat up by all
the one-hop pitches, it's just amazing what he's doing, playing day in and day
out. It's pretty awesome."
LHP Jaime Garcia, who
entered the day 5-0 with a big-league-leading 1.64 ERA, was pulled with nobody
out in the sixth inning. The Cardinals led 7-3 after he had given up a homer to
Royals RF Jeff Francoeur. He didn't get the win. Garcia had averaged eight
innings over his previous three starts, giving up a total of one earned run, but
manager Tony La Russa said he thought Garcia "was really fighting it." Garcia
disagreed with La Russa's assessment, but pitching coach Dave Duncan said,
"(Garcia) wasn't at his best. And then he flattened out a little. Maybe he got a
little careless with a 7-1 lead. He can't do that. He's got to use that as a
DH Matt Holliday, who
wasn't playing the outfield in Kansas
City because he was nursing a tight left quadriceps, felt
a tug in the same area while he was running Sunday, and he came out in the fifth
inning. He is doubtful for Monday's game in San Diego.
SS Ryan Theriot was held
out because he was sick, either because of the flu or food
Rookie SS Pete Kozma made
his first major league start, and 2B Allen Craig played strong defense and also
hit a homer. It was a keystone combination manager Tony La Russa probably never
thought he would use, but he said, "I'm a one-day-at-a-time
2B Skip Schumaker (right
triceps strain) has been rehabbing in extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla.
Schumaker is progressing, but there is no timetable for his return, according to
manager Tony La Russa. It is likely, though, that Schumaker will meet up with
the club sometime during the extension of the road trip that takes the Cardinals
to San Diego and Colorado.
1B Albert Pujols, though
he had two singles - one an infield hit - failed to hit a home run, extending
his homer drought to a career-long 103 at-bats. After lining a ball to right for
an out in the sixth inning, Pujols kicked the air in apparent frustration as he
RF Lance Berkman, who
missed the previous three games due to a sore right wrist, returned to the
lineup Sunday. He went 0-for-4 with two walks.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0 - Home games pitched in May by
RHP Ryan Franklin, the former closer.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You never really have a
completely happy day managing. Ever. I was told that as a young guy, and I've
never really had one completely happy day. There's always something that messes
- Manager Tony La Russa,
after his team won 9-8 but lost C Gerald Laird with a broken finger
RF Lance Berkman (sore
right wrist) was injured making a diving catch May 18. He didn't play May 19-21,
but he returned to action May 22.
LF Matt Holliday (tight
left quadriceps) left the May 22 game. He is doubtful for the May 23
SS Ryan Theriot (illness)
did not play May 22.
C Gerald Laird (broken
right index finger) was injured May 22. He will be out until
INF Nick Punto (right
forearm flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May
3B David Freese (broken
left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 2. He had surgery May 3, and he
is expected to be out until mid- to late July.
2B Skip Schumaker
(strained right triceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April
16. He reported to extended spring training May 18, and he hoped to return to
the Cardinals in late May.
RHP Bryan Augenstein
(strained right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list April 13. He was
transferred to the 60-day DL on May 16.
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.
Mon., May 23 at PADRES: Kyle Lohse
(5-2, 2.17) vs. Dustin Moseley (1-6, 3.40) 9:05 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio