would be easy to look at some of the Cardinals' defensive breakdowns in the
fourth inning Tuesday and a couple of hanging breaking balls by right-hander
Adam Wainwright as to why the Cardinals lost 6-4 at San Diego.
Shortstop Pete Kozma made a throwing
error and both second baseman Skip Schumaker and third baseman David Freese got
their gloves on grounders but couldn't make plays. The bases were loaded and
San Diego hadn't
hit the ball out of the infield.
Wainwright, who hadn't allowed a hit
through three innings, walked first baseman Yonder Alonso to force in a run as
he didn't get a couple of close calls. Then Wainwright left a couple of breaking
balls up and allowed two runs each on a double by second baseman Logan Forsythe
and a triple by Alexi Amarista. That made for a five-run inning.
"If a couple of plays are made, it's a
whole different game," said manager Mike Matheny. "Those are plays our guys
But here's where the Cardinals lost
the game: They were 1 for 14 with men in scoring position. Somehow, they still
are one game to the good in the wild-card race.
In the second inning, they had the
bases loaded with nobody out and scored only once, on a forceout grounder by
Schumaker. In the third, they had the bases loaded with one out and scored only
on an error by San
Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, who committed two errors
in the inning.
The Cardinals scored once in the sixth
on center fielder Jon Jay's run-scoring single. But with runners at first and
third, right fielder Carlos Beltran fouled out and left fielder Matt Holliday
The worst came in the eighth. Down a
run, the Cardinals had runners on first and second and one out and their Nos.
3-4 hitters up. Holliday hit a dribbler about 10 feet and was thrown out by
catcher Yasmani Grandal. First baseman Allen Craig then hit a tapper only a
couple of feet farther and was tossed out by pitcher Luke Gregerson, a former
Cardinals farmhand who earned the save.
Twice Wainwright failed to get bunts
down that would have helped him, notably in the sixth before Jay singled. Jay
also failed to sacrifice in the eighth before striking out.
"We have to make baseball plays,"
manager Mike Matheny said. "Baseball plays are fielding your position and doing
the little things like getting runners over.
"Until you do that, you can't expect
to win games like this."
Freese, who hit his 19th homer in the
seventh, said, "This was a good opportunity for us to lengthen our lead in the
standings and we're not doing it."
After 12 straight road
games without a quality start, the Cardinals got one, albeit a loss, from RHP
Adam Wainwright, who gave up five runs in six innings but only two earned.
Wainwright dipped to 13-13 in his third straight loss. He gave up five hits, but
only two of them were hit hard, both in a five-run fourth inning. "You look at
that inning and that probably was the game," Wainwright. "I actually was pretty
sharp tonight." Wainwright refused to blame his infielders for three missed
plays in the fourth inning. He blamed himself for allowing the runners to score.
"The difference between a good season and a bad season for a pitcher is making
pitches with guys on base," he said.
2B Skip Schumaker, back
in the lineup after getting a start off on Monday, reached base on three walks
and a single. He scored once but was stranded the three other teams as the
Cardinals left 13 runners on base.
RHP Edward Mujica, after
18 straight scoreless outings as a Cardinal, covering 17 innings, allowed his
first run, an eighth-inning tally that gave San Diego a two-run cushion on
RHP Trevor Rosenthal, a
rookie, continued his impressive work out of the bullpen. He struck out three in
the seventh inning.
SS Pete Kozma made an
error to start a five-run San
Diego fourth inning. The club has made 11 errors in the
last 10 games.
1-7 - Cardinals' record
in their last eight road games.
Quote to Note:
"The bottom line is we're
losing games we need to win."
- 3B David Freese.
RHP Jake Westbrook
(strained right oblique) will miss a start or two but apparently will be able to
pitch again this season.
1B Lance Berkman (sore
right knee) is scheduled to undergo additional surgery Sept. 14 and is out for
the season. His career might be over as well.
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.
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 he got a platelet-rich
plasma injection on Sept. 4 in the hopes of avoiding having to go under the
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
Link to boxscore: San Diego 6, St. Louis 4