PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Adam Wainwright | Box
Adam Wainwright shut the Bucs down, again. Maholm pitched into some poor luck. It was 2-2 in the 7th with two gone. Scott Rolen singled bringing up journeyman Ryan Ludwick. He hit a pop foul behind the plate that Ronny Paulino dropped. Ludwick deposited a double into center, which scored Rolen only because Paulino dropped Jack Wilson’s relay throw.
Signs of life: Wilson had two hits and two RBI. Bay had three hits. Ryan Doumit homered for his first hit since July 21.
Signs of trouble: Xavier Nady left the game with a sore hammie
Countdown to 82 losses: Bucs need to go 40-18 to win 82 games in 2007.
Post-Gazette – all about Paulino’s gaffes
Trib-Review – more on Paulino
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Here’s the clip of Paulino dropping the relay from Wilson on Ludwick’s double.
Maholm’s season has started to turn around a bit. He’s won three of his previous four decisions and five of his last eight. He hasn’t let the bullpen be involved in too many W’s and L’s as he has decisions in all but two of his starts. One of those no decisions was his second start of the year against the Redbirds. He allowed two earnies in 5 IP. Bucs lost 3-2. For his career, Maholm has made three starts against St. Louis and has split two decisions.
None of the Cards have accrued 10 ABs off Maholm. So Taguchi is 6-9 and Albert Pujols is 3-7. At PNC Park, career numbers for prominent Cards are:
Gary Bennett 3-5
Chris Duncan – 8-31
David Eckstein – 23-71
Jim Edmonds – 50-155 with 11 homers
Juan Encarnacion – 23-103 with 3 homers
Adam Kennedy – 4-18
Aaron Miles – 9-34
Yadier Molina – 17-63
Pujols – 75-194 with 19 homers, the most HRs he’s hit as a visitor in any stadium
Scott Rolen – 45-119 with 7 dingers
Scott Spiezio – 6-35
So Taguchi – 20-73
The Redbirds are hot, having won their last three games, all against division leading Milwaukee. Adam Wainwright is a converted reliever. He leads the Cardinals staff in wins and ERA. In three starts against the Bucs this year, he’s gone 18 innings and given up 8 earned runs. Last time he tossed against the Bucs was 5/22 when he gave up 9 hits in 5-1/3, but only surrendered a pair of runs while getting the victory. The game recap that I wrote back then states that the Bucs were 1-9 with five Ks with the bases juiced.
Wainwright seems to have the number of the Bucs big boppers. Jason Bay, Ryan Doumit and Adam LaRoche are a combined 3-19 with seven whiffs for their careers. Jack Wilson, on the trading block perhaps to Detroit as Cory discusses, Xavier Nady and Freddy Sanchez have hit Wainwright well in limited exposure.
If we trade Jack to the Tigers, maybe we can get Chris Shelton back. Just kidding. Or maybe we can trade Jack and a reliever for Jim Leyland. Hey, we got Chuck Tanner in a trade with Oakland. So, anything could happen.
The offense is in a downward spiral. The Bucs offense has average a paltry 3.3 runs since the All-Star break.