Seven-hour night ends in painful Cards loss
Molina’s home run led to extras
Molina’s home run led to extras

Posted Sep 8, 2012


A long rain delay turned into a 13-inning marathon, won by Milwaukee on a Ryan Braun home run off Lance Lynn. Yadier Molina's eighth-inning two-run blast sent the game into extras.

INSIDE PITCH

 

The only good thing about Friday night's rain-delayed 5-4 loss by the Cardinals to Milwaukee in 13 innings, taking nearly seven hours on the clock, was that the Cardinals didn't lose any ground in the wild-card race. They still lead Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, which also lost, by 1 1/2 games for the second wild-card spot.

 

In a game that lasted 4 hours 30 minutes after a 2 hour 20 minute delay in starting, the most noticeable at-bat was Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun's in the 11th when he connected for his 38th homer and 100th run batted in off Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, who suffered his second loss in relief after going 13-5 as a starter.

 

But one of the most important at-bats in the game was that of rookie infielder Ryan Jackson, who was sent up to pinch hit, actually sacrifice, with runners at first and second and nobody out in the 11th inning.

 

Jackson, instead of bunting toward rookie third baseman Taylor Green, bunted to charging first baseman Corey Hart, who got the forceout at third and the Cardinals, who were one for 12 with men in scoring position, didn't score.

 

Right fielder Carlos Beltran's poor night was a thread, too, as Beltran stranded eight runners in five fruitless at-bats. Beltran is nothing for his last 13 and down to .261 after being one of the hottest hitters in the league in the first half of the season.

 

Having been handicapped with hand and knee ailments lately, Beltran hasn't been at top form.

 

"I'm not getting results like the way I want do, but I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing -- coming in every day and working the (batting) cage and trying to make it feel better," he said.

 

"My time will come. I just don't know when it will be."

 

Manager Mike Matheny said the missed opportunities Friday was what "sticks out. We just couldn't come through."

 

Catcher Yadier Molina, the Cardinals' Most Valuable Player this season, showed why when he drilled a two-run, game-tying homer in the eighth inning and moved to third on short wild pitch in the 11th inning.

 

"Yadi was fantastic," said Matheny. "He did everything you can do."

 

Right-hander Kyle Lohse gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings as his record remained at 14-2 for the third consecutive tart. He pitched out of several spots, though, and Matheny said, "Kyle was much better today. That was much more like him."

 

But the Cardinals' extra-inning game turned out like many others this season. They are 3-10 in extra innings and have been outscored, 19-6, in extra frames.

 

NOTES, QUOTES

LF Matt Holliday, who was to have returned to the lineup after missing a game because of lower back tightness, was pulled from the starting lineup after Friday's game began 2 hours 20 minutes late because of rain. Holliday, who had been treated with massages and acupuncture, bounced out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.

RHP Chris Carpenter threw a normal bullpen session and is slated to face hitters in a simulated game Monday in San Diego. Manager Mike Matheny repeatedly has shied away from saying what Carpenter would have to do to move into the rotation although general manager John Mozeliak said that if Carpenter got to 90 pitches, he would be a candidate to start. "We're trying not to put an extra expectations on him," Matheny said.

RHP Edward Mujica extended his scoreless innings streak to 17 games and 16 innings by getting two outs in the seventh inning. But he allowed his first inherited runner to score as a Cardinal when Milwaukee PH Travis Ishikawa doubled home the tying run.

RHP Mitchell Boggs allowed two key stolen bases, leading to two runs for Milwaukee in the eighth inning. Boggs, who appeared to pay little attention to either runner, has allowed six steals in six attempts this season.

C Yadier Molina tied his single-season high for runs batted in at 65 on Friday, set last year when he hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

By the Numbers:

3-10 - Cardinals' record in one-run games.

Quote to Note:

"I could haul my carcass out there every day if they wanted me to, but I don't think that's what they want to do."

- Gimpy 1B Lance Berkman.

MEDICAL WATCH

LF Matt Holliday (tight lower back) came out of the game Sept. 4 and didn't play Sept. 5. After the team's day off Sept. 6, he was to have returned to the lineup Sept. 7, but was pulled from the starting lineup after the game began 2 hours 20 minutes late because of rain. He bounced out as a pinch hitter.

RHP Chris Carpenter (right shoulder surgery) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He threw to hitters for the first time June 22 but then had a setback June 25 when he felt renewed weakness in the shoulder. He said it felt better the next day, and he had an extensive throwing session off flat ground June 27. On June 28, he was told he has thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects, weakness in one's shoulder. A July 2 bullpen session was canceled. He underwent what was believed to be season-ending surgery July 19 to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome. He threw a normal bullpen session Sept. 7 and is slated to face hitters in a simulated game Sept. 10 in San Diego.

RF Carlos Beltran (sore left knee) didn't play Sept. 3 or 4 but was back in the lineup Sept. 5.

SS Rafael Furcal (torn ligament in right elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 31 and is out for the season. He might need Tommy John surgery but first will get a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection on Sept. 4 in the hopes of avoiding having to go under the knife.

RHP Kyle McClellan (torn labrum in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18 due to a strained right elbow, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. He threw on flat ground for the first time July 3, but he subsequently felt shoulder pain. He had season-ending shoulder surgery July 10.

Link to boxscore: Milwaukee 5 at St. Louis 4 (13 innings)



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