The Cardinals, traditionally one
of the best home teams in the league, are not so strong in St. Louis this year. They
lost their ninth home game in their last 12 Tuesday, falling to San
The 6-3 defeat was their sixth
loss in seven games overall. And in the last five games, in which the Cardinals
have scored only 11 runs, Albert Pujols has driven in seven runs with
Pujols had his second two-homer
game of the homestand, seventh of the season and 30th of his nine-season career.
The number 30 also is significant because the second homer he hit off Randy Johnson was his 30th of the season. He has five off Johnson in his career in
just 24 at-bats.
In the process, Pujols matched his
best home run total for any month with 14, tying his production in April 2006.
His three RBIs gave him 35 for the month, the best in his
"He keeps showing you why he's a
great player," manager Tony La Russa said. "Just enjoy it, respect it,
Chris Carpenter (5-3) suffered his
second consecutive loss as he pitched his worst game of the season. Carpenter
was peppered for 11 hits and six runs in five innings. In his first 10 starts,
he hadn't given up more than three runs in any game, and he hadn't allowed that
many hits and runs since Sept. 26, 2006.
La Russa, however, thought
Carpenter wasn't hit all that hard.
"He could have been a little
sharper," the manager said, "but he certainly didn't give up the contact for six
runs. It was a frustrating outing for him."
GIANTS 6, CARDINALS
The Giants' second win in a row in St.
Louis and fourth in five games overall against the Cardinals clinched the
seven-game series for San Francisco, which could come into play if there's a
wild-card tie between the clubs at the end of the season. The Cardinals have
lost four of their first five games on this seven-game homestand and never have
led in any of the games they lost.
--The Cardinals had a chance to
get back into Tuesday's game in the seventh inning when two consecutive walks
loaded the bases for 2B Tyler Greene, who bounced the first pitch for an
inning-ending double play. Manager Tony La Russa said, "You've heard the
argument forever. If a guy makes a first-pitch out, fans get upset, owners get
upset, the front office gets upset. ... I don't know about the media. They're
objective. The question was, 'Was it a good pitch?' It was probably not a good
pitch because it was a sinker down in the zone. The challenge is to be
aggressive with pitches you can handle. If they're not, that's why you work the
--How badly are things going for
the Cardinals? They're 3-for-32 with men in scoring position on the
--RHP Chris Perez is gone, and
pitching coach Dave Duncan said that RHP Josh Kinney, recently recalled from
Class AAA Memphis, would inherit Perez's seventh- and eighth-inning-type roles,
much as Kinney did during the 2006 postseason when he excelled for the world
"He pitched in a pretty
significant situation in New York (on Monday)
and did a good job," said Duncan. "So I think it was a step in that
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Big-league,
regular-season wins for RH reliever Josh Kinney, after he gained credit for a
5-3 win over Minnesota on June 27. Kinney also had his
first major league at-bat in that game. It was a
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He plays a lot of
(positions) in a winning way." -- Manager Tony La Russa on new INF/OF Mark DeRosa.
--INF/OF Mark DeRosa, now 0-for-9
since coming from Cleveland, left Tuesday's game in the sixth inning after
suffering a left wrist injury on a swing in which he hit a long foul ball. "He
hasn't had any history of it either," said a worried manager Tony La Russa.
"We'll get another exam (on Wednesday)." DeRosa said, "I didn't want to go out
there and push it."
--CF Colby Rasmus had two hits off
the bench after having spent part of the previous day having a doctor examine
him to try to correct a stomach issue. Rasmus, who was diagnosed with a hiatal
hernia, will have to adjust his diet and perhaps give up chewing
--RF Ryan Ludwick slowly but
surely is on the comeback trail. He had a double and a triple Tuesday, although
he was stranded both times. It was just Ludwick's third game with more than one
INF/OF Mark DeRosa (sore left
wrist) left the June 30 game. He will be examined July
OF Colby Rasmus (hiatal hernia)
did not play June 29. He appeared as a reserve June
SS Khalil Greene (social anxiety
disorder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 29.
RHP Kyle Lohse (strained right
forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 4. He threw
simulated games June 23 and 26.
3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder
surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March
27. He was working out in Arizona in late
LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow
surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March
27. He likely will miss all or nearly all of the 2009