Newcomers do well despite blowout
Cardinals bullpen gives up 11 runs in loss to Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- A roster shakeup can sometimes have successful long-term results and that's what the Cardinals are obviously looking for.
In terms of one game, the Cardinals won't be fazed.
The addition of outfielder Matt Holliday and infielder Julio Lugo has sparked the Cardinals during a tough three-game series against the defending World Series champion Phillies. But even the hot hitting of this duo wasn't enough on Saturday in a 14-6 loss before a sellout crowd of 45,182 at Citizens Bank Park.
The big blow was a grand slam by Jimmy Rollins, immediately followed by a solo homer from Shane Victorino, off Cardinals reliever Jason Motte in the sixth inning. Both homers came with two outs and essentially snapped the Cardinals' two-game winning streak.
Holliday, who was 4-for-5 in his debut Friday, had two doubles and an RBI in four at-bats Saturday. After a 2-for-5 effort Friday with a home run and double, Lugo was 4-for-5 in his second game with St. Louis.
"I had some good swings," Lugo said. "I feel good. You want to make a good impression."
After the game, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa walked to the umpires locker room to discuss a scary scene which occurred in the seventh inning. The game was delayed for about five minutes as security personnel searched for a fan pointing a green laser at several Cardinals players including Albert Pujols, Lugo, Skip Schumaker, Mark DeRosa and Joe Thurston.
The umpires gathered immediately to help diffuse the situation. "The umpire was concerned," La Russa said. "It's very dangerous. ... It's not unsportsmanlike. It's dangerous."
Lost in the defeat may have been the dazzling play by center fielder Rick Ankiel. In addition to taking away a potential home run from Jayson Werth by reaching over the center-field wall in the third inning, Ankiel later contributed a short-lived go-ahead homer with a solo shot to right in the sixth for a 4-3 advantage.
St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse labored through four innings by allowing four hits, three earned runs and three walks. And the Cardinals bullpen was stung for 11 runs -- five in the sixth and six in the seventh. Josh Kinney gave up six earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning before being lifted for Brad Thompson to finish the seventh.
"He was really fighting his delivery," La Russa said of Lohse.
Lohse just never was able to get into a comfort zone on the mound.
"It was just one of those days," Lohse said. "I fell behind a lot of guys. I had to make a lot of tough pitches. It all starts with being able to command my fastball. I wasn't able to do that."
Ryan Ludwick opened the Cardinals' scoring with a solo homer in the second, giving him at least one hit in 17 of his last 18 games.
There was simply too much Phillies offense on this night.
"We got beat," La Russa said. "We went after it the best we could."
Andy Jasner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.