Cardinals dropped to 2-11 in interleague play at Comerica Park over five seasons when they lost 6-3
to the Detroit Tigers and ace right-hander Justin Verlander on Tuesday.
Verlander gave up just one earned run
in seven innings, and young right-hander Lance Lynn, a 10-game winner, wasn't a
match for the reigning American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award
The loss left the Cardinals at the
.500 level (34-34) for the fourth time this season. It also left Lynn at 10-3 after a
taxing 102-pitch outing over five innings.
"He looked a little bogged down from
the beginning," said manager Mike Matheny. "That really isn't how he's pitched
all year, but young pitchers are going to have those days."
Lynn said, "Against a team like this, if you're
behind in the count all night, they're going to hurt you. I've got to be better
than that, especially with who they had going for them.
"You've got to come with your 'A' game
if you plan on having any success against this team. And tonight I didn't have
it. I wasn't sharp and they made me pay for it."
Matheny thought Lynn's fastball was his
undoing -- it often sailed out of the strike zone. "I was kind of feeling
through it and I left some pitches up," Lynn said. "In the outings where I've been less
successful, I've been behind in counts and that's going to hurt you, no matter
who you are."
SS Rafael Furcal, who
never has been voted an All-Star Game starter, has taken over the balloting lead
at shortstop for the National League team for the July 10 All-Star Game in
Furcal leads Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki by 94,000 votes.
"They finally want to see me, maybe," said Furcal, who has been on All-Star
teams in 2003 and 2010 as a reserve. Furcal, who started Tuesday night's game in
a 2-for-32 nosedive, went 0-for-4 although he hit one ball
LF Allen Craig, getting
his first look at Detroit RHP Justin Verlander, saw him throw 91 to 95 miles an
hour most of the night before Verlander cranked up three pitches of 100 mph or
better in the seventh inning while facing Craig with the bases loaded. Craig
then fanned on an 87 mph curveball. "It was fun to be a part of, to have him
come at me like that," said Craig. "He beat me on that
2B/OF Skip Schumaker, who
missed the start of the season because of a strained right oblique, came back
for a while and then went out again with a strained right hamstring, was back on
the roster and in center field Tuesday. He went 0-for-3. "Hopefully I can stick
around longer this time and not get back on this (disabled list). Because it's
miserable," said Schumaker.
INF/OF Matt Carpenter,
who had been on a rehabilitation assignment as he rehabbed a sore oblique, was
moved from Class AAA Memphis to Class AA Springfield because the latter team was
in action on Monday while Memphis wasn't. Meanwhile, CF Jon Jay (sprained right
shoulder) has joined the Memphis team. Carpenter is expected back sooner
OF Matt Holliday, who is
nursing a sore hip flexor, got a day off on defense as manager Mike Matheny made
him the designated hitter on Tuesday. Matheny said the injury was "something
that's manageable. But it's something we want to keep our eye
2B Kolten Wong of Class
AA Springfield has been named to the United
States squad and Springfield
OF Oscar Taveras has been named to the international squad for the "Futures
Game" roster on July 8 at Kansas
.056 - Average for SS
Rafael Furcal over his last 10 games.
"It's pretty standard
with him. He cruises early with plenty of good stuff and turns it up a notch
when he has to."
- Manager Mike Matheny on
Detroit RHP Justin Verlander, who threw 100 and 101 miles an hour to the last
hitter he faced, LF Allen Craig, on Tuesday, before fanning Craig on an 87 mph
2B/OF Skip Schumaker
(strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May
31. He was activated June 19.
LHP Jaime Garcia (left
shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6. After
further examination, it was determined that he has tearing in his rotator cuff.
He won't throw until at least late July and is out until at least
CF Jon Jay (separated
right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 15. He was told to not
swing a bat for a week in early June, but he has begun a rehab
INF Matt Carpenter
(strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list May 23. He has begun a
rehab assignment at Class AAA Memphis.
1B Lance Berkman (torn
meniscus in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He had
arthroscopic surgery May 25, and no ACL damage was found. He might return in
RHP Kyle McClellan
(strained right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May
18. He won't need surgery but likely will be sidelined until at least late
RHP Chris Carpenter (weak
right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he
was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since
March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He probably won't
pitch until at least mid-July.
Link to boxscore: Detroit 6, St. Louis 3