Kyle McClellan pitched a good game and then hit a familiar wall in the sixth inning that lost the game for the Cardinals, 5-1.
McClellan threw 5 and 2/3rds innings, striking out four but he gave up eight hits including a home run. He had five earned runs.
The Cardinals got their lone run in the fourth with a blast off the bat of Lance Berkman. A trademark of the 2011 Cardinals reared it’s ugly … Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday both grounded into double plays.
That lead only lasted two innings. McClellan gave up a double to Casey Kotchman to knock in Johnny Damon, Matt Joyce and B.J. Upton. Later that inning, Justin Ruggiano hit his fourth homer of the season to score Kotchman.
McClellan now has a 6-5 record.
Brandon Dickson made his major league debut tonight for the Cardinals. He went an inning and two-thirds and was able to get the opposition to pop out or ground out. It was a good start for the young man!
By the way! The game featured throwback jerseys from the 1950s. The Rays wore Smokers unis! No concrete opinion on those to share, but the Cardinals uniforms were fabulous!
Here’s the game story from the Post-Dispatch.
Here’s the Cardinals.com game story.
Oh, and here’s a story from Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch on David Freese getting some extra healing for his ankles and Berkman being open to the Home Run Derby.
Here’s a story from Matthew Leach at Cardinals.com about the friendship of Reid Brignac and Ryan Theriot. Yeah! It’s a regular bro-mance!
Here’s another from Leach about why Holliday is DHing and why Freese played at first base tonight. No big deal!
Here’s hoping the Cardinals shake this one off and salvage the series tomorrow with Kyle Lohse on the mound. The game starts at 12:40 p.m. Central Time.
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda