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Date        Time:    TV:    Radio
05/08/09     6:10    FSMW    KTRS
05/09/09     6:10    FSMW    KTRS
05/10/09    12:10    KSDK    KTRS
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TV/Radio:
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Pitching Matchups:
#1: Joel Pineiro, RHP (4-1, 3.24) @ Johnny Cueto, RHP (2-1, 1.65)

Cardinals: Though he suffered his first loss of the season after four wins, his May 2 outing against Washington was an overall success for Pineiro. He delivered seven strong innings, and while he gave up four runs, only one was earned, as he had his offspeed stuff working and was inducing mostly grounders. He walked just one and struck out a season-high four.

Reds: Cueto has been on some kind of roll lately. His career-high eight scoreless innings was the driving force behind a 5-0 shutout of the Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park. No Pirates hitters reached second base against Cueto, who gave up just four singles and a walk. He was one shy of a career high with nine strikeouts. Over his last three games, totaling 22 innings, the 23-year-old has given up one run and 15 hits. He's allowed no more than one walk in any of those starts.

#2: Kyle Lohse, RHP (3-1, 3.22) @ Aaron Harang, RHP (2-3, 3.00)

Cardinals: Two ugly innings turned Lohse's ERA from spectacular to merely very good, but he's still having a fine season. He appeared to be affected in his last start by being hit on the left elbow while he was batting. He doesn't expect that to have any impact on his next start, however. Overall, Lohse has not fared as well on the road as a Cardinal as he has at Busch Stadium.

Reds: Harang believed he tried to be too fine with his pitches last season, putting an inordinate amount of pressure on himself, and that's what led to a very forgettable and disappointing 2008 for him. From the ashes of that 6-17 season, he says he's back to just being himself, which appears very good news for the Reds. After a seven-inning, two-run effort in a no-decision against the Marlins on Monday night, Harang's earned run average sits at a highly respectable 3.00. He tied a season high with nine strikeouts against the Marlins in a game that wound up going 14 innings. Harang still is likely to be tested by the offensively explosive Cardinals in Cincinnati's hitter-friendly ballpark, but at the least he will enter the game feeling that all of his pitches are working and he has good command of them.

#3: Adam Wainwright, RHP (3-1, 4.08) @ Edinson Volquez, RHP (4-2, 3.47)

Cardinals: Wainwright's pattern of putting runners on base finally caught up to him in his last start, when he was knocked around for seven runs by the Phillies. He insists that he'll use the defeat as something of a wake-up call and get things sorted out quickly. Still, he's only really pitched up to his high standards once in six starts this season.

Reds: Volquez has discovered that he can do more with less. Less speed, that is. The right-hander can reach 97 mph on the radar gun, but he often doesn't know where the ball is going. Manager Dusty Baker is convinced Volquez can achieve more with a 91-92 mph fastball that still moves and he can locate and save the most intense heat for selected situations. Volquez has been arguably the most difficult Major Leaguer for hitters to solve over his past three starts. He's allowed just five hits in his past 21 innings and no runs in his past two starts, covering 16 innings. His most recent effort resulted in a 7-0 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday. He struck out seven and yielded three hits. Of his 97 pitches, 60 went for strikes.

Disabled List:
SP Chris Carpenter
OF Rick Ankiel
3B Troy Glaus
IF Brendan Ryan
LHP Jamie Garcia


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Rotation:
Code:
Starter     W  L    ERA     IP  ER   H  HR BB   K
Boggs       1  0   3.50   18.0   7  19   1  9  19 
Piñeiro     4  2   3.66   39.1  16  45   2  7  13
Wainwright  3  1   4.08   35.1  16  37   3 20  30
Lohse       3  2   4.25   42.1  20  41   4 13  27
Wellemeyer  3  2   4.75   36.0  19  47   2 11  20

*Disabled List
Carpenter   1  0   0.00   10.0   0   5   0  2   9
Bullpen:
Code:
Reliever        W  L    ERA HLD    SV    IP  ER   H  HR BB  K
RH Franklin     0  0   0.00   1   9/9  13.1   0   4   0  2 11
RH McClellan    2  1   2.70   3   1/2  13.1   4  10   1  8 13
RH Perez        1  1   3.00   2   0/1   9.0   3   6   1  8 11
RH Boyer        0  0   3.00   1   0/0   6.0   2   4   0  0  5
RH Motte        1  1   3.46   6   0/1  13.0   5  12   0  4 10
LH Miller       0  0   4.32   1   0/1   8.1   4   9   2  3 10
LH Reyes        0  1   4.66   4   1/1   9.2   5   7   2  2  9
RH Thompson     0  1   5.59   0   0/0   9.2   6  13   1  2  4
Probable Lineup:
Code:
Player       AVG   H  AB  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB  SO    SB
Schumaker   .299  29  97 13  6  1  0   9 10  10   1/2
Rasmus      .247  20  81 16  4  0  1   6  9  18   1/1
Pujols      .330  36 109 29  5  0 11  32 19  11   4/5
Ludwick     .277  28 101 15  4  0  8  26  8  17   2/2
Duncan      .283  28  99 13  9  2  3  20 15  21   0/1
Molina      .323  31  96 11  4  1  3  14 12   9   1/2
KGreene     .237  19  80 13  3  0  2  11 10  10   1/2
Thurston    .259  22  85 13  8  1  1  14 10  16   1/2

- Pitcher -
Lohse       .231   3  13  1  0  0  0   1  0   4   0/0
Wainwright  .214   3  14  2  1  0  0   1  0   4   0/0
Wellemeyer  .182   2  11  1  0  0  0   0  0   5   0/0
Piñeiro     .091   1  11  3  0  0  0   0  3   2   1/1
Bench:
Code:
Player        AVG   H  AB  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB  SO    SB
LaRue        .412   7  17  5  1  0  1   1  1   2   0/0
Barden       .300  15  50  8  1  0  3   7  3   8   0/0
TGreene      .222   4  18  2  1  0  1   2  0   7   1/1
Robinson     .000   0   4  0  0  0  0   0  0   1   0/0

*Disabled List*
Ryan         .250   9  36  5  3  0  0   2  3   8   1/1
Ankiel       .247  20  81 11  6  0  2  11  7  19   0/0
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Alright Cards this is the series that we are going to have to sweep or at least get out of there with a winning record...
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Final: Reds 6 - Cards 4

2B Schumaker: 1/3
CF Rasmus: 0/3, K
1B Pujols: 0/4
RF Ludwick: 0/2, R, 2 BB, SB
LF Duncan: 2/4, 2 R, 2B, RBI
C Molina: 2/4, RBI, K
SS KGreene: 2/4, 2B
3B Thurston: 0/2, 2 BB, CS
P Pineiro: 0/1

PH-CF Robinson: 0/2
PH-2B TGreene: 1/1, R, HR, RBI
PH Barden: 0/1
PH LaRue: 0/1, K

Pineiro (L, 4-2): 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 R, 8 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Perez: 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Thompson: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
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'E' helps Reds get a 'W'
BY JOE STRAUSS
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
05/09/2009

CINCINNATI — Before Friday night at Great American Ball Park, Joel Piñeiro never had lost to the Cincinnati Reds. Then again, before Friday night, Piñeiro never had been paired against Johnny Cueto.

The Cardinals' schedule waited 29 games before introducing them to the new-and-improved Reds. It took the Reds (16-13) one game to show the Cardinals (19-11) the difference between this season and last in a 6-4 victory against the NL Central leaders before an announced crowd of 18,016.

Cueto (3-1) lowered his ERA to 1.59 by allowing the Cardinals five hits in seven convincing innings before the Reds' bullpen withstood a nervous three-run eighth. The Cardinals then brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but lost the opportunity when Joe Thurston was thrown out on a none-out steal attempt.

Cueto did not allow a hit through two innings because the Cardinals received nothing in return for three balls to the warning track.

Piñeiro (4-2) was punished for an inability to stifle Reds leadoff hitter Willy Taveras and to squeeze an out from a second-inning bunt play. Piñeiro found himself upside down in a 5-0 game with little hope for recovery.

"Against good pitchers like that, it definitely helps when things go your way," said left fielder Chris Duncan, who had Reds left fielder Laynce Nix pluck his potential RBI double off the left-field wall in the second inning. "It didn't go our way. You need to catch a little break like that because good pitchers don't make a lot of mistakes."

05/09/2009 - 'E' helps Reds get a 'W' - STLtoday.com
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Really struggling right now.. need to avoid the sweep today.. meh

Final: Reds 8 - Cards 3

2B Schumaker: 2/4, R, 2B
CF Rasmus: 1/4, K
1B Pujols: 0/4, K
RF Ludwick: 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
LF Duncan: 1/4, K
C Molina: 1/3, BB
SS KGreene: 1/4, R
3B Thurston: 0/4, 2 K
P Lohse: 0/2

C LaRue: 0/0
PH TGreene: 0/1, K
PH Robinson: 0/1, K

Lohse (L, 3-2): 6 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Reyes: .2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Motte: .1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Boyer: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
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Five-run frame helps Cincy deep-six Birds
By Joe Strauss
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
05/10/2009

CINCINNATI For a second straight start, there was no Great Escape for Calamity Kyle.

A season of tumbles from the mound, late-night hospital visits, line drives off the elbow and close encounters at first base ensnared Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse once again Saturday evening.

Relatively unscathed by a fourth-inning play in which he found himself nearly trampled, Lohse (3-2) could not sidestep a five-run sixth inning in what ended an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Lohse suffered his second loss in as many starts; the first-place Cardinals (19-11) dropped their fifth in seven games as their lead eroded to 1 1/2 games over the troublesome Reds.

"Every start is something. It's kind of frustrating," said Lohse after absorbing nine hits and seven earned runs in six innings. "I'm trying to get through one start where I don't have something nagging."

Saturday's complication occurred when Lohse bobbled left fielder Laynce Nix's high chop, recovered, then wound up in the base line after beating Nix to the bag for an out. Nix rolled up Lohse's back, sending him tumbling onto his right shoulder.

Cardinals head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg rushed to the mound but Lohse continued after throwing two warm-up pitches.

Lohse held a 2-2 game for the rest of the fifth inning before being overwhelmed during a six-hit sixth. "It didn't affect me the rest of the game. I was still able to make pitches," Lohse insisted. "I felt I was rolling there for a while."

05/10/2009 - Five-run frame helps Cincy deep-six Birds - STLtoday.com
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Cardinals:
2B Schumaker
CF Rasmus
1B Pujols
RF Ludwick
LF Duncan
C Molina
SS KGreene
3B Barden
SP Wainwright

Reds:
CF Taveras
SS Hairston Jr.
RF Bruce
2B Phillips
LF Nix
1B Hernandez
3B Rosales
C Hanigan
SP Volquez

Adam Wainwright
(3-1) 4.08 ERA 30 SO

Edinson Volquez
(4-2) 3.47 ERA 35 SO
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The Reds, above .500 for the first time since 2006!

Volquez (4-2, 3.47) is no pushover!

Wainwright has not been himself for most of the season. Cards could lose today.
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Cards score early! Sac e-1!

Pujols batting. He is batting .330.

Flys out at the wall in center field! Wow. Runner advances to 3rd.
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Wainwright is 3-1 but he has an era of 4.08.
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