The St. Louis Cardinals entered Tuesday’s night competition with a 16-20 won-loss record, in 5th place in the National League Central Division, eight games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. The 16-20 record is the worst start for the Cardinals since 1990.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa used my preferred starting lineup Tuesday; 2B Adam Kennedy, LF Chris Duncan, 1B Albert Pujols, CF Jim Edmonds, 3B Scott Rolen, RF Ryan Ludwick, C Yadier Molina, SS David Eckstein, and SP Adam Wainwright.
Looking for his third consecutive win Adam Wainwright (L, 3-3, 6.34) was in trouble early. In the bottom of the first, Los Angeles jumped out to a 3-0 lead as nine Dodgers came to the plate to face Wainwright. Wainwright allowed the three runs on just two hits but he walked three batters and hit another one, in what can only be described as a nightmare of an inning.
Ryan Ludwick drove home Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds with a base hit to right, in the top of the third for the Cardinals, to take a short lived 4-3 led.
Given a one run lead, Wainwright wasted no time in getting in trouble again in the bottom of the half of the third, giving up a double to Jeff Kent and a base hit by Luis Gonzalez to put runners on the corner with no outs. Before it was over, the Dodgers would send 10 batters to the plate and score six runs, knocking Wainwright out of the game after just 2.2 innings pitched.
The line on Wainwright; 2.2 innings, eight runs (all earned) on seven hits, with Wainwright walking four batters and hitting another one, as his ERA soared to 6.34.
Give the Cardinals bullpen some credit, they basically shut the Dodgers down for five innings after LA scored six runs in the third the Dodgers didn’t get a run to cross home plate for the rest of the night.
Albert Pujols delivered an RBI double as the Cardinals scored three runs in the seventh inning to pull within two runs of LA. On the night Pujols who has struggled most of the season, went 2-for-5, with two RBI and two runs scored.
Ryan Ludwick got the start in right over Juan Encarnacion and responded by going 2-for-5 with three RBI.
The Cardinals came up in the ninth still just two runs down and still in the game. CF So Taguchi flied out to start the inning, Scott Rolen and Ryan Ludwick both struck out swinging as the Cardinals lose a wild one in LA by the score of 9-7.
On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals claimed right-handed relief pitcher Todd Wellemeyer via waivers from the Kansas City Royals. The club is expected to add him to their roster starting with this weekend's series in Detroit.
For the Royals this season, Wellemeyer, 28, appeared in 12 games, posting a 10.34 ERA in 15.2 innings. The hard-throwing 6-foot-3, 205-pounder owns a career mark of 6-8, with a 5.65 ERA with the Chicago Cubs (2003-2005), Florida (2006) and Kansas City (2006, 2007).
According the St. Louis Cardinals official website, Chris Narveson, sidelined with a shoulder injury, will not have surgery at this time. He will rest for three to four weeks, according to assistant general manager John Mozeliak. Narveson is 3-1 with a 5.54 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Memphis this year, with 33 strikeouts and 16 walks in 37 1/3 innings pitched.
The Cardinals posted the 9,000th win in franchise history (dating to 1892) last night. Only four other Major League franchises can claim 9,000 wins, led by the NY/SF Giants with 9,495.
Catcher Yadier Molina singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high nine games.