The Cardinals scored two runs in
the ninth inning to break a tie. Earlier, they had pulled off bizarre double
plays in back-to-back innings. They overcame an astonishing three errors by Gold
Glove first baseman Albert Pujols. The net result was a 6-4 triumph over the
Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
The win enabled the
Cardinals to hold their position 4 1/2 games behind the National League wild
card leaders, the Atlanta Braves.
But the Cardinals still
Left fielder Matt Holliday had to yield his final at-bat in the ninth inning, having sprained the
underside of his right hand swinging the bat in the on-deck circle. Holliday was
to return to St. Louis on Wednesday morning to see a
With just two weeks left
in the season, the likelihood of him playing much the rest of the way seems
"I'm concerned. I've
never done anything like this before," Holliday said.
"We'll see what happens
(Wednesday). You hope it's just a bruise or something and maybe it'll be a
couple days or a day."
But a worried teammate
said, "It's not good."
It's been a very strange
year, indeed, for Holliday, who is hitting .295 with 22 homers and 74 runs
Holliday already has
undergone surgery for an appendix condition after the first game of the season,
injured his side when he was reaching for a weight in the weight room and had a
quadriceps injury, and he even had to leave a game when a moth flew into his
1B Albert Pujols had
committed two errors in a game four times at first base and three times at third
base before making three at first base on Tuesday, including two on one play.
"There's a first time for everything," said Pujols. "It's crazy. All you can do
RHP Kyle McClellan, who
gained his fifth win out of 11 from the bullpen—he had started much of the
season - threw just one pitch in the eighth inning to get the victory. "That's
not what we're there for. We're there to hold the lead," said
LF Matt Holliday
determined that Pittsburgh SS Pedro Ciriaco had left third base too soon as he
tried to score on Pirates 1B Derrek Lee's flyball in the fifth. The Cardinals
appealed at third and got the out call although television replays indicated
that Ciriaco had not left early.
3B Nick Punto delivered
his second game-winning RBI in the last four Cardinals wins with a run-scoring
double in the ninth. Punto has been ravaged by injuries this season and has
spent three tours on the disabled list. "That's one of the real negatives of the
season - that he's missed so much time," said manager Tony La Russa. "He's
proved that he could have been a difference-maker."
RHP Chris Carpenter got a
two-year, $21 million extension in the afternoon, a two-run single in the second
(doubling his RBI total) but a no-decision. Carpenter gave up a two-run,
game-tying homer to Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutchen in the seventh
RHP Jason Motte recorded
his sixth save in six tries since taking over as the closer. He had to pitch
around two leadoff singles in the ninth, with C Yadier Molina making a bold play
to force a runner at third after fielding a bunt.
BY THE NUMBERS: 93 - RBI
for 1B Albert Pujols, who is shooting for his 11th straight season of at least
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's
about being a St. Louis Cardinal for the rest of my
- RHP Chris Carpenter, on
why he agreed to a two-year extension for a total of $21 million rather than
elect to go to free agency. The Cardinals would not have picked up Carpenter's
$15 million option for 2012 but instead rolled it into his new
LF Matt Holliday
(sprained right hand) was injured while he was in the on-deck circle Sept. 13
and had to leave the game. He was scheduled to go back to St. Louis to be
RHP Lance Lynn (strained left
oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 10 and was transferred to the
60-day DL on Sept. 2.
RHP Eduardo Sanchez (mild
right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13
and was activated on September 13.
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. Wainwright was getting closer to throwing a
full-strength bullpen session in September, but he will not be allowed to throw
his signature curveball until next year.
Sept. 14: at PIRATES: Edwin Jackson (11-9, 3.75) vs. Charlie Morton (9-9, 3.81)
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Nick Punto, Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa sound off on the 6-4 win in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak talks about signing ace Chris Carpenter's two-year extension.