June 19, 2009

Tigers cramp Pineiro's style

Joel Pineiro pitched until he could pitch no more, writhing on the ground in front of the pitcher's mound, cramping uncontrollably.

But for his courageous efforts, the Cardinals as a team haven't supported him enough offensively to get the team through to a victory -- at least, not in Pineiro's last six starts.

Could've been the intolerable heat, getting whacked with a line drive in the calf, but whatever it was, Pineiro was hurting for some time the hill before succumbing to the ill effects. His teammates had to carry him off the field.

The Cards would go on to lose the game, 6-3.

The series with the Detroit Tigers, however, went to the Cards, 2-1, and the St. Louis squad is off to Kansas City for more inter-league rivalry against the Royals at Kaufmann Stadium.

Khalil back

Khalil Green is back with the major league team, getting into the Thursday night game, but striking out. It was obvious, though, that he had his bat speed back in order. Before Greene left the team to deal social anxiety disorder and do some work with the Triple-A club in Memphis, his swing had deteriorated quite a bit, looking very low energy and indecisive.

Thursday night showed a much better at-back for Greene, although he was fooled for strike three on a curve. (It's not the rest of the team doesn't suffer a similar fate, and quite often. It's called being human and it happens to everyone.) If you can detect anything from the few swings Greene executed, it can only be positive at this point.

Cardinal Nation seems very much behind Khalil.

Friday night in KC

Brad Thompson RHP is slated to start the first of the three-game set with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffmann Stadium at 7:10 CT. The game is on FS-Midwest TV and KTRS 550 radio. Thompson is 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA.

Thompson will start against the Royals' Kyle Davies, 3-6, 5.14, a RHP.

photo by Barbara Moore