Tagged: Chris Carpenter

Redbird Randoms … Carpenter, Wainwright,  Wrigley

On-deck: The rubber match of the Cards/Cubs three-game series will be played tonight at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Game time is 7:05 p.m. CDT.

Probables: STL-Chris Carpenter RHP (0-0, 1.00) vs. CHC-Ryan Dempster RHP (12-5, 2.93)

Dinger dudes: In yesterday’s game, the balls were flying out of Wrigley Field.
  • STL-Skip Schumaker (7)
  • STL-Troy Glaus, 3 homers (21)
  • STL-Albert Pujols (24)
  • CHC-Mark DeRosa (13)
  • CHC-Carlos Zambrano (3)

Waino Whacked: In a rehab appearance Friday night, Adam Wainwright got shelled as he pitched for Triple-A affiliate Memphis. He lasted only 27 pitches, giving up four hits, one of them a home run.

LIVEcast tonight: 4thebirds… will open a LIVEcast for tonight’s Cards/Cubs series finale.

photo by Barbara Moore

Ludwick hits walk-off homer in 11th

Ryan Ludwick launched an 11th inning home run ball that landed on the grassy incline over the center field fence, the Cardinals narrowly avoiding a heartbreaking loss.

After the Dodgers rallied against reliever’s Ron Villone and Jason Isringhausen to tie the game in the late innings at 4-apiece, Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa had to be wondering where he would get the innings from out his beleaguered bullpen should the game run on toward midnight.

Chris Carpenter made his second start, pitching as well as could be expected for five complete innings, allowing only three hits and no runs. Then the rains came, and although Carpenter may have been able to re-warm after a sit-down of nearly an hour, La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan felt there was no need to push things at this stage. Carpenter’s night was over, but he left with a 4-0 lead.

Adam Kennedy, who was 3-for-6 on the night, singled home Cesar Izturis in the fifth, and in the next Cardinals’ at-bats, pinch-hitting Rick Ankiel brought a second run home the hard way, getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Cards failed to do anything else with the bag-jammed situation, but Albert Pujols lent a big bat in the seventh, hammering Dodgers’ reliever Chan Ho Parks’ first pitch into the left-center field seats with Kennedy aboard.

Up 4-0, Brad Thompson started the string of relievers for the Cards that followed with Kyle McClellan, a rookie reliever that some say is being overused already. Both Thompson and McClellan allowed nothing, however.

It wasn’t until left-hander Ron Villone came in that things began to unravel, a familiar and frustrating theme for the crowd at Busch Stadium, most of whom had stayed through a couple of lengthy rain delays. Villone gave up a solo home run to the first Dodger he faced, pinch hitter Andruw Jones.

La Russa brought in closer Jason Isringhausen, and thing really went south. After throwing a ground out, Isringhausen gave up two straight singles to Andre Ethier and Russel Martin, respectively, then walked Manny Ramirez. The walk to Ramirez didn’t break anyone’s heart, as dangerous a hitter as has proven himself.

The next hitter, James Loney, spoiled that theory, hitting a squibber, a ball that rolled slowly up the first base side near the foul line. Isringhausen rushed over, but rushed himself trying to pick up the ball and fumbled it. In defense of Isringhausen, the play would’ve been close. The Nationals were now within two runs 4-2.

Still in a double play situation, Jeff Kent drove a single to right field, scoring Martin and reloading the bases, the tying run on third base in the form of Ramirez.

Casey Blake hit a sacrifice fly to left field, Ramierez tagging and scoring the tying run.

Mark Sweeney then laced a line drive to the right side, but first baseman Pujols snagged it to end an inning that found a soaked Cardinal Nation booing their displeasure from the seats.

Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre went with reliever Cory Wade for the ninth and tenth innings while La Russa showed Ryan Franklin in the tenth and Jaime Garcia in the eleventh.

It was Dodgers’ reliever Jason Johnson whom the Cards took advantage of in the bottom of the eleventh, Ryan Ludwick providing the heroics with Kennedy on base and one out, skyballing a home run onto the grassy knoll past the center field wall.

Ludwick’s walk-off homer brought the entire dugout onto the field to “greet and beat” him once he’d rounded the bases.

The win gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the three-game series with the Dodgers. Additionally, the Cardinals were able to keep pace in the NL Central with both the division-leading Chicago Cubs and second place Milwaukee Brewers both winners earlier.
photo by SD Dirk

Redbird Randoms … PIneiro, Wainwright, Carpenter

On-deck: The Cards play the second game of their current road trip in New York tonight versus the New York Mets. Game time is 6:10 p.m. CDT.
Probables: STL-Joel Pineiro RHP (3-4, 4.52) vs. NYM-Bradnon Knight RHP (0-0, -.–)
Bird’s Perch: The Cardinals continue to hold onto third place in the NL Central. Everyone in the division lost except the Astros, who beat the Breweres last night. The Cards remain four games behind the division leading Cubs, and three games behind the second place Brewers.
Chris Carpenter rehab: The former Cardinals’ ace pitched five full innings with the Memphis Redbirds yesterday. A decision on whether he will rejoin the parent club right away or go for another minor league rehab start should be forthcoming.
Adam Wainwright rehab: The more recent Cardinals’ ace is on track for an early August return to action. He is slated to throw a bullpen session today in New York at Shea Stadium, in his first rehab trial at throwing breaking balls to see if his injured finger has sufficiently healed.
Whatcha done for me lately? These Cardinals lead the team in walks.
  1. Albert Pujols — 65
  2. Troy Glaus — 57
  3. Ryan Ludwick — 38
  4. Skip Schumaker, Chris Duncan — 34
  5. Rick Ankiel — 33

photo by Alan Penner

Redbird Randoms … Carpenter, Wellemeyer,  Rasmus

On-deck: The Cardinals will try to avoid a sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Game time is 7:15 CDT.

dm-millennium catch2.jpgProbables:
MIL-Ben Sheets RHP (10-3, 2.88) vs. STL-Todd Wellemeyer RHP (8-4, 4.22).

Birds’ Perch: The Cards currently hold third place in the NL Central, three games behind the first place Cubs, who won last night. The Brewers are two games ahead of the Cards in second place, having beaten the Cards for the third time in a row last night.

Chris Carpenter rehab: The former Cards’ ace is still slated for a start tomorrow night for the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds. Although the hopes of the Cardinals’ front office is that Carpenter will go to the parent club for a start against Atlanta next week, Carpenter feels it is more likely he will need another minor league start to properly prepare.

Colby Rasmus injury: It is now likely after the results of an MRI that revealed a strain to his left knee that the Cardinals’ number one prospect will be out for about a month. This will cause him to miss the summer olympics and could end his chances for a September call-up to the parent club.

Hot and cold: Since the All-Star break, the Cards have won four in a row, and are now in danger of losing four in a row.

Ballpark VIllage update: Reportedly, the eyesore of a hole in the ground next to Busch Stadium now has its future in order, the Cardinals supposedly having come agreements with the City of St. Louis and contractors as to how to proceed with construction. Completion of the project which is supposed to have a hotel, some residential space, and lots of retail square footage, is not forecast to be done prior to next year’s All-Star game, to be hosted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Two years from finalization of plans and a construction start is the best estimate of completion.

Carp not quite ready for prime time

The Cards’ former ace, Chris Carpenter, is not yet satisfied with his control, or lack of it, and will make at least one more rehab start in the minors before a decision is made regarding his return to the parent ball club.

“Carp,” as he is sometimes called, threw 61 pitches in a start for the Cards’ Double-A affiliate Springfield team recently, but felt he wasn’t quite ready for prime time yet.

He expects to throw about 70 pitches in an upcoming start for Triple-A affiliate Memphis on Friday.

The Memphis Redbirds will be playing the Portland Sea Dogs at home at 7:05 p.m., CDT, at Autozone Park.