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Redbird Randoms … 8/6/08 Lopez, Pineiro, Phelps

On-deck: The Cards take on the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis at 7:15 p.m. This is the second game of a three-game set. This series will finish a six-game home stand before the Cards take to the road on a 10-game trip.

Probabes: LAD-Derek Lowe RHP (8-9, 3.70) vs. STL-Joel Pineiro RHP (3-5, 5.04)

Birds’ Perch: The Cub and Brewers both won yesterday, the Cardinals keeping pace in the NL Central with their 11-inning win last night. The Cubs keep a firm grip on first place, the Brewers 5.0 games behind in second place; the Cardinals 5.5 games out and a 1/2-game behind the Brew-Crew.

Wainwright’s finger: Rehabbing Adam Wainwright threw a bullpen session at Busch Stadium yesterday, about 30 pitches. He may pitch one or two rehab starts, and most likely, will throw for the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate, Saturday.

Phelps’ accolade: Class AAA Memphis Redbirds’ Josh Phelps continues to impress, named the Pacific Coast Leagues’ Batter of the Week.

Kozma to Palm Beach: Peter Kozma has been promoted to the Cardinals’ High-A affiliate, Palm Beach Cardinals.

Tummy taking longer: Rick Ankiel’s abdominal strain has kept him out of the regular lineup a little longer than expected. He will continue to be available for pinch-hitting duties versus the Dodgers in their current series, but is under orders not to lay on the after-burners when it comes to running.

Lopez the Nat now Lopez the Card: The Cardinals have signed Felipe Lopez, who was recently released from the Washington Nationals. Lopez was an All-Star in 2005, and has plenty of major league experience. He plays middle infield, mostly second base.

Ryan down: In order to make room on the roster for recent pickup Felipe Lopez, the Cardinals have optioned infielder Brendan Ryan to Triple-A Memphis.

Whatcha done for me lately? These minor leaguers in the Cards’ system have done something lately, in fact, yesterday.

Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie League)–Jose Mateo went 5-for-6, scoring one run and tabbing one RBI.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie League)–Osvaldo Morales went 1-for-4, scoring four runs, hitting a home run and collecting two RBIs.
Quad-Cities River Bandits (Low-A)–Brett Wallace went 3-for-4, scored one run, hit one double, and notched one RBI.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA)–Tyler Greene went 1-for-4, scoring one run, hitting one double, and grabbing one RBI.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA)–Josh Phelps went 1-for-4, scoring two runs and hitting one double.

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

Hall’s homer ruins Cards comeback

2582602370_5f83632ac6_m-pineiro-photo by Barbara Moore.jpgBill Hall’s extra-inning leadoff solo shot put the Brewers up to stay as the Milwaukee Brewers outlasted and outscored the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in the first game of a four-game series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Earlier, Rickie Weeks launched a three-run homer into the upper deck in left field to supply the first three runs. Hall added the go-ahead run, and Weeks and J.J. Hardy driving home the insurance runs in the tenth.

Joel Pineiro, who gave up the Weeks’ bomb, ended up with another no decision. Pineiro had given up 10 of the Brewers’ 16 hits on the night in which the Cardinals would have to use a considerable amount of bullpen once more, limiting their options over at least the next couple of games.

Pineiro gave up a double in the first inning, but settled down fast, getting both Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder to ground out.

Milwaukee’s Seth McClung didn’t fare as well, Troy Glaus continuing his hot power swinging with a two-out, two-RBI double, bringing home Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel to put the Cards up 2-0.

In the second, Pineiro got hit hard by Corey Hart who lined out. Billy Hall then singled, but Glaus snagged a Mike Cameron liner and snapped a throw to first to double off Hall for an inning-ending double play.

Pineiro tried to start up the offense in the Cardinal second with a single. An out later, Schumaker reaching on an infield single, but the Cards could make nothing out of it, leaving two men on base.

Pujols walked and stole second in the third inning, but was stranded there after McClung struck out  Ankiel and Glaus, then got Chris Duncan to pop out.

For the second inning in a row, Pineiro cruised, giving up only a single to Hart in the fourth.

McClung set down Molina, Pineiro, and Izturis, one-two-three in the bottom of the fourth.

With one out in the fifth, Jason Kendall hit a ground rule double down the right field line. McClung then helped his own cause by following up with a single. Rickie Weeks then launched a missle to left field, the ball barely taking a downward arch with it hit three rows up in Big Mac Land, the first main deck in left field. The three-run blast put the Brewers on top 3-2.

McClung then threw another effective inning, the Cardinals wasting a leadoff single by Schumaker.

Pineiro then worked through a rough inning but kept the Brewers within one before Russ Springer relieved him to start the seventh. Before Springer took the hill, the Brewers’ Guillermo held the Cards. Springer then did the same.

Brewers’ manager Ned Yost then countered with reliever Eric Gagne, who struck out Izturis and Schumaker, then got Miles to ground out.

Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa replaced springer with recently called-up Kelvin Jimenez. Hall singled to lead off the inning, then stole second. Jimenez pitched through an error by center fielder Ankiel, getting out of the jam.

David Riske then took a turn in relief for the Brewers. Pujols lined out to right field. Riske struck out Ankiel. Glaus drew a walk, Riske looking like he was pitching around him. With two out, Duncan hit a pop fly to shallow left field, Ryan Braun sprinting in to make the catch and end the Cardinal’s eighth inning chances.

La Russa would leave Jimenez in to work the Brewers ninth, getting a pop out, then striking out Braun. La Russa would not let him face Prince Fielder, however, bringing in Ron Villone to face the ever-dangerous lefty swinger. Villone walked Fielder, and La Russa called in Ryan Franklin to face Hart. After going down 0-2 in the count, Hart popped up to shallow right field, Schumaker dashing in to make the catch, Franklin and the Cardinals holding off the Brewers once more and ready to take their shot at some more last-inning heroics, down only one run.

Saloman Torres would come on in relief for the Brewers to close..

Yadier Molina gave the Cards that shot, leading off with a long fly to right-center field that hopped over the fence for a ground rule double. Brendan Ryan pinch-ran for Molina. Ryan Ludwick pinch hit for Villone, striking out.

Jason LaRue then pinch hit for Izturis, hitting a hard ground ball that Torres deflected, shortstop Weeks unable to pick it up and throw out LaRue at first, Ryan advancing to third. Schumaker lofted a sacrifice fly to left field, Braun camping under it, fielding and firing home, but overthrew, Ryan tagging up and scoring the tying run, making it 3-3.

Miles then reached on a ground ball to second baseman Weeks, who could not do anything with the ball, LaRue safe at second. Pujols had a chance to hit a game winner, but flew out to Cameron in center field.

The game headed into the tenth with Franklin remaining on the mound for the Cards. Hall jumped on a fat, high pitch to lead off the inning, depositing it in the left-center field bleachers, the Brewers retaking the lead at 4-3.  

Kendall drove a ball into the right-center field gap, a stand-up double with one out. After Torres lined out to Ankiel in center, Weeks played spoiler again, this time reaching on an infield single, a play on which Miles made a diving catch, but also on which he leaped up to throw wide to first base, permitting Kendall to score, extending the Brewers lead to 5-3. J.J. Hardy then singled home Weeks to tack on some insurance at 6-3.

In the bottom of the tenth, Glaus hit a one-out double, but the Cardinals could not put anything together against Torres, dropping the first game of the series.

Torres snagged the late-inning victory, now 5-2.

Franklin was charged with the loss, his record now 3-3.

photo by Barbara Moore

NoteCARDS v Pirates 7/13/08

After 9 innings (Final)

Cardinals 11
Pirates 6

Tyler Yates now pitching for Pirates; (T.J. Beam); (Franquelis Osoria); (Sean Burnett); (starter Ian Snell)
Ryan Franklin now pitching for Cardinals; (Kyle McClellan); (Russ Springer); (starter Joel Pineiro)

Bottom of 9th:
[Ryan Franklin relieves Kyle McClellan]
Chris Gomez hits a weak fly to shortstop Cesar Izturis for the first out.
Ryan Doumit lines a basehit up the middle, just beyond the reach of Cesar Izturis.
Jason Bay strikes out swinging for the second out.
Xavier Nady hits a long fly ball to left, left fielder Ryan Ludwick making the catch at the 383-foot marker for the last out of the game.

Top of 9th:
[Tyler Yates relieves T. J. Beam]
Troy Glaus hit a towering blast into the Cardinals bullpen in center field, the ball carrying 30 feet beyond the 410-foot marker and over the bullpen bench.
Chris Duncan hit one through the box into center field for a basehit.
[Joe Mather pinch-runs for Chris Duncan.]
Yadier Molina hit a line drive up the middle, but second baseman Chris Gomez raced over and stabbed it for the first out.
Aaron Miles laced a line drive into right field for a basehit, Duncan advancing to second base.
Adam Kennedy pinch-hits for Kyle McClellan, check-swinging a hit just beyond the reach of shortstop Jack Wilson, Joe Mather having to hustle to make it to third base to avoid getting forced out.
Cesar Izturis stikes out, not able to hold a check swing on the third strike for the second out.
Skip Schumaker hits a line shot right at center fielder Nate McClouth for the third out.

Bottom of 8th:
Luis Rivas pinch-hits for T. J. Beam, flying out to Ryan Ludwick in left field for the first out.
Jack Wilson hit long fly ball into the right-center field gap, center fielder Skip Schumaker making a diving catch for the second out.
All-Star Nate McClouth grounds out to second baseman Aaron Miles to end the inning.

Top of 8th:
Cesar Izturis hit a sinking line drive into center field, Nate McClouth coming on to make the play.
Skip Schumaker hits a hard ground to ball to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who makes the putout unassisted for the second out.
All-Star Ryan Ludwick drove a long fly ball for a home run to dead center field, 20 feet beyond the 399-foot marker, tacking another run to extend the Cards lead to 10-6.
All-Star Albert Pujols ground out to third baseman Jose Bautista to end the inning.

Bottom of 7th:
[Kyle McClellan relieves Russ Springer.]
Xavier Nady singles into right field.
Doug Mientkiewicz pops out to shortstop Cesar Izturis for the first out.
Jose Bautista hits a line shot that first baseman Albert Pujols snags, stepping on first base to double off Nady for an unassisted double play.

Top of 7th:
[Franquelis Osoria relieves Sean Burnett]
All-Star Ryan Ludwick singles into center field.
All-Star Albert Pujols hit in leg by the pitch, advancing Ludwick to second base.
Troy Glaus rips a line drive down the left field line, doubling home Lucwick with the tying run and third base coach Jose Oquendo holding up Pujols at third base.
Chris Duncan hits through the hole on the right side, singling Pujols home with the lead run, Glaus holding up a second base.
[Osoria gets visit from Pirates’ pitching coach.]
Yadier Molina squibs one in front of the pitcher, the hit working like a sac-bunt, advancing Glaus to third base and Pujols to second base.
Aaron Miles drove a long fly ball to the wall in right-center field, clearing the bases with a triple.
[T. J. Beam relieves Franquelis Osoria]
Rick Ankiel pinch-hits for Russ Springer, flies out to right fielder Xavier Nady, who throws to home plate, catcher Ryan Doumit tagging out Aaron Miles for the third out.

Bottom of 6th:
Jose Bautista lines out to second baseman Aaron Miles for the first out.
Sean Burnett doubles over the head of left fielder, Ryan Ludwick. (Burnett’s first ML hit.)
Jack Wilson grounds out to shortstop Cesar Izturis, Burnett advancing to third base.
All-Star Nate McClouth walks.
McClouth advances to second base on a botched run-down play.
Chris Gomez cracks a long fly ball over the head of a diving Ryan Ludwick in left field, the ball rolling to the wall; Burnett scoring the tying run easily, and McClouth scoring from second base with the lead run, the Pirates pulling ahead 6-5 on the two-out hit.
Ryan Doumit walked, giving the Pirates men on first and second.
[Russ Springer relieves Joel Pineiro.]
Jason Bay hits a pop-fly to short center field, second baseman Aaron Miles making the play for the third out.

Top of 6th:
Yadier Molina singles to center field.
Aaron Miles hits ground ball to second baseman Chris Gomez, Gomez making an error trying to field the ball for doubleplay; Molina advances to third base on the play.
Joel Pineiro strikes out for the first out of the inning.
Cesar Izturis grounds to third baseman, J. Bautista, who throws to second baseman Gomez at
second, but the relay to Meintkiewicz at first base was too late, Molina scoring to put the Cardinals in the lead, 5-4.
Cesar Izturis steals second base (his eighth stolen base in 12 attempts).
Skip Schumaker grounds out for the final out of the inning.

Bottom of 5th:
Freddy Sanchez pinch-hit for Ian Snell, singling to left field.
Jack Wilson singles to right field, Sanchez advancing to second base.
All-Star Nate McClouth flies out to Skip Schumaker in center field for the first out.
Chris Gomez flies out to deep Skip Schumaker in deep center field. Sanchez tags up at second, advancing to third base on the fly ball; two outs.
Ryan Doumit pulls a double down the right field line, Sanchez scoring the second Pirates’ run, Wilson holding up at third base.
Jason Bay hits a single through the hole on the left side, Wilson and Doumit scoring to tie the game at 4-apiece.
Xavier Nady hits a line drive up the middle, Bay advancing to second base.
Doug Mientkiewicz grounds out to end the inning.

Top of 5th:
Skip Schumaker singles to center.
Ryan Ludwick pops out to second baseman Chris Gomez.
Albert Pujols pops out to catcher Ryan Doumit.
Troy Glaus walked, Schumaker advancing to second base.
Chris Duncan grounds out to second baseman Chris Gomez to end the inning.

Bottom of 4th:
Pirates down in order: Nady, Mientkiewicz, J. Bautista.

Top of 4th:
Troy Glaus doubles with two outs.
Chris Duncan doubles down right field line, Glaus scoring to tie the game at 1-1.
Yadier Molina walks on a wild pitch, Duncan advancing to third base.
Aaron Miles launches a three-run homer into the right field seats, Cards now up 4-1
Joel Pineiro walks, Snell gets visit from pitching coach.
Cesar Izturis lofts a lazy fly to Jason Bay in left field to end the inning.

Bottom of 1st:
Xavier Nady singles home Chris Gomez in first inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

Redbird Randoms 7/13/08 Pineiro to start, lots of offense, lots of earned runs

On-deck: The Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in
530942786_a98f218d85_m-piratemascot-photo by David Watson.jpgPittsburgh, Ohio today at 12:35 p.m. CDT.

Probables: STL-Joel Pineiro RHP (3-4, 4.17) vs. PIT-Ian Snell RHP (3-7, 5.84).

After the break: The Cardinals will finish up the first half of the season against the Pirates today, then enjoy the All-Star break. Their next game isn’t until July 17, when they will take on the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium at 7:15 p.m. CDT.

Bird’s Perch: With a Brewers loss yesterday to the Reds and a Cubs win in extra innings versus the Giants, plus, a Cardinals loss in extra innings to the Pirates, the Cardinals hold onto second place in the NL Central, but fall another game behind the Cubs at 5.5. The Brewers continue to threaten to overtake the Cardinals in third place, 6.5 games behind the Cubs and only one full game behind the Cardinals.

Ankiel scare: While at bat yesterday, Ankiel sent down on a swing, possibly turning an ankle or twisting his knee. He left the game. At the time of this post, the only word was that Ankiel should be able to participate in today’s game.

Tons of offense, no win: In the Cardinals loss to the Pirates yesterday, offense was not the issue. Some of the better performances were turned in by:

Troy Glaus: 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 1 HR

Albert Pujols: 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, double

Yadier Molina: 4-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 double

Ryan Ludwick: 3-for-5, 4 RBIs, 2 runs, triple, double

Rick Ankiel: 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 2 doubles

Aaron Miles: 2-for-5, 3 runs, 1 double

Adam Kennedy: 1-for-3, 1 RBI

Joe Mather: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 double

Using up the arms: The Cardinals used seven pitchers in yesterday’s slugfest, five of whom were scored upon, all the runs earned.

Scored upon: Wellemeyer (4), Franklin (2), Isringhausen (3), McClellan (2), Perez (1)

Not scored upon: Springer, Villone

photo by David Watson

Pineiro wins, finally

626343995_f9aa1ee138_m-pujols&howard-photo by Barbara Moore.jpgIt has been over two months since the last time Joel Pineiro recorded a victory. Tonight, however, was his turn–finally.

Certainly, he was taking nothing for granted as he sat on the bench after being lifted after 6 1/3 innings pitched. Not that he doesn’t trust the bullpen, that has seen its share of blown saves this year, but the fact that the Cardinals were clinging to a two-run lead would’ve made any starter nervous.

Pineiro’s match-up, the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, was stingy with the hits in his seven full innings on the hill, giving up only three hits. Hamels walked no one while striking out eight. In most other games, Hamels’ performance would’ve been plenty good enough for a win.

Two out of the three hits given up by Hamels, however, were home runs, one from Rick Ankiel and the other from All-Star Ryan Ludwick. Both shots were of the solo variety, but they were all that was needed to help Pineiro improve his record to 3-4.

The Cards’ bullpen did its share as well, RonVillone coming on the the seventh and getting a double play to get out of the inning. Kyle McClellan came on to work the eighth, allowing no one to reach base. Manager Tony La Russa then called upon closer Ryan Franklin, who gave up a one-out single to Ryan Howard. The Phillies’ slugger died on first base, however, and Franklin picked up his 12th save in the shutout victory.

Pineiro’s outing was as good as he’s had all year, his defense helping him out with a couple double plays, Villone picking up a third off of base runners Pineiro had let on. Pineiro helped himself and catcher Yadier Molina immensely when he picked off Shane Victorino. Usually it’s Molina that helps out the pitchers with pesky base runners.

Of concern is that Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 and Troy Glaus, 0-for-4. Ludwick and Ankiel have enjoyed the fruits of batting, let’s say, near Pujols, getting many better pitches than they might if a weaker hitter was in the three-hole. Lately, Glaus hasn’t just cooled off, but downright chilled down to 0-for-his-last-19 ABs. You might look for La Russa to push Ludwick into the cleanup slot and Glaus to fifth.

The victory finds the Cardinals maintaining the NL’s best road record as well as giving them their 51st win.

photo by Barbara Moore

Redbird Ramblings 7/8/08 Wainwright, Carpenter, Kulik leads Bandits to win, Freese homers for Memphis

bp-larussa hangs out with players.jpgDay of rest over:
After a day off yesterday, the Cards will begin a six-game road trip tonight with the first game of the three-game series with the Phillies.

Probables: STL-Joel Pineiro RHP (2-4, 4.52) vs. PHL-Cole Hamels LHP (9-5, 3.22)

Adam Wainwright was cleared by medical staff to begin throwing sessions. He had sustained a finger injury and had been on the DL.

Matt Clement has been cleared to throw and was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

Chris Carpenter threw in a brief simulated game as part of his rehab assignment. He has not thrown in the major league since 2007.

Quad-Cities River Bandits (Low-A): The Quad-City Times reported a lot of offense in the Bandits 8-2 victory over the Peoria Chiefs. As for the college newcomers, Aaron Luna (9th round) marked his first professional hit after an 0-for-6 start; a home run.

Brett Wallace (1st round) tallied a couple of doubles. Ryan Kulik (8th round), a righthanded pitcher, notched his first win.

Tommy Pham executed a squeeze bunt to score a Bandits’ run. Adton Chambers tripled. Paul Vazquez homered.

Memphis Redbirds (AAA): According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Redbirds pounded the Zephyrs 11-4, on the road in Louisiana. Of note: David Freese hit his 14th home run; Nick Stavihoha went 4-for-6 with 2 RBIs; Jarrett Hoffpauir went 3-for-3 with 1 RBI; Josh Phelps went 3-for-5 with 1 RBI.

Pitcher John Wasdin recorded the win, improving to 6-6.

Today’s Redbirds’ start is slated for Clayton Mortensen RHP (4-1, 2.70).

Pineiro hunts another month for win; Martinez wants consistency

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To look at Joel Pineiro’s record, 2-4, you’d think he was a spot starter who got pitched because you just didn’t have anyone better.

Not so.

To look at his stats, you get nothing much to pick out; he has gotten blasted in some losses and given up little in his wins. Nothing that makes you cup your chin and tap your lips with your index finger. He has pitched within his average or maybe a little better this season. Just doesn’t have many wins to show for it.

To look at his performances, Tony La Russa should have every reason to feel comfortable with the right-hander on the mound, and, to hope that the offense will give him decent support, and, to hope that the bullpen will hold and save whatever lead might be available for the 29-year-old pitcher anxiously awaiting his first win since late April.

Pedro Martinez is somewhat anxious himself. The 36-year-old right-hander has seen better seasons, and those, several seasons past. He is struggling this year, having pitched only 30.1 innings and showing a 2-2 record with a high ERA at 7.12.

In an article posted on the New York Mets Official Web Site, Mets’ manager stated that a choice has to constantly be made between keeping Martinez in the regular rotation versus resting his arm whenever possible. Manuel has chosen regular starting, hoping to help Martinez find some consistency.

So far this season, Martinez has given up almost a run per inning, and has allowed a little over a hit for every IP. He is a wily veteran, however, who has been a 20-game winner twice in his career. So whether or not he has his stuff, he’ll know how to go about his business. Last night, Manuel used some bullpen, so if Martinez has any early difficulty, the Mets may not have all the options they would like.

photo by Alan Penner