St. Louis at Pittsburgh

Scoreboard
St. Louis (78-84) «0101040006110
Pittsburgh (68-94)0000103015130

Cardinals 6, Pirates 5

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PITTSBURGH -- If it was his final game as the St. Louis Cardinals' manager, and there is nothing definitive to suggest it was, Tony La Russa did it a little bit differently than everybody else again.

Skip Schumaker went 5-for-5 and drove in two runs and the Cardinals ended the season the way they wish they began it, winning their fifth in a row by beating last-place Pittsburgh 6-5 on Sunday.

The Cardinals needed a lot of pitchers to do it -- 10, tying a major league record for a nine-inning game held by two other clubs. The combined 18 pitchers was a record, breaking by two the record of 16 set on multiple occasions.

Last year's World Series champion Cardinals got hot much too late -- their 1-4 start was a forewarning of what was to come -- as they ended 78-84 and third in the NL Central. The Pirates dropped their final four and 13 of their final 15 to go 68-94, only a one-game improvement over their 67-95 records of 2005 and 2006.

"I'm going to try to forget about this year and I look forward to see what direction they're going around here," said the Pirates' Jason Bay, who hit .247 during the first off season of his career.

Both managers, La Russa and Pittsburgh's Jim Tracy, were waiting to see what their futures hold as the season wound down with St. Louis scoring four times in the sixth, keyed by Schumaker's two-run single, to take a 6-1 lead.

It was a good ending to a mostly bad Cardinals season marred by reliever Josh Hancock's death, La Russa's alcohol-related arrest, a possibly career-ending eye injury sustained by Juan Encarnacion when he was struck by a foul ball and allegations that Rick Ankiel may have received a shipment of human growth hormone in 2004.

"It was so typical of how we kept bouncing back all year along, no matter what blow we took," La Russa said of the season-ending streak. "He (Schumaker) is the only guy in the clubhouse who doesn't want to end the season. I think we're all ready to leave."

La Russa, unsigned for next season, plans to talk Monday with Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt and general manager Walt Jocketty. Tracy may be let go following his third consecutive season with 90-plus losses, two with Pittsburgh. His 135-189 record in two seasons with Pittsburgh is nearly identical to that of predecessor Lloyd McClendon (134-189). Their records are the worst in the first two seasons by a Pirates manager since Fred Haney went 103-205 in 1953-54.

Neal Huntington, the Pirates' new GM, plans to decide Tracy's fate quickly, though it seems unlikely Tracy will return. Tracy declined after the game to discuss the 2008 Pirates, saying, "Until I have more information on myself, it doesn't do me any good to talk about it."

Even in a meaningless game, La Russa didn't manage conventionally.

La Russa not only used 10 pitchers, he gave Troy Percival his first start in 639 career appearances in what may have been the 37-year-old Percival's last game. The previous longest stretch without a start by an active pitcher was Todd Jones' 632.

The Cardinals were the second NL team in a month to use 10 pitchers -- the Rockies also did so Sept. 7 against San Diego. The Orioles also used 10 against the Yankees on Sept. 12, 2004.

"You're supposed to play this game, not mail it in and hurry up and catch a plane. It was a bullpen game, but not that many," La Russa said when asked if he planned to use all but one reliever. "We're both trying to win the game."

Percival lasted one inning before former Pirates pitcher Kip Wells (7-17) allowed only two singles over three scoreless innings. Jason Isringhausen recorded the final four outs for his 32nd save in 35 opportunities and 18th in a row. His save percentage of .914 was the NL's best.

Bryan Bullington (0-3), the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft, gave up two earned runs in five innings in his third career start for Pittsburgh.

Pinch-hitter Jim Edmonds singled in the game's first run in the second and Scott Spiezio hit his fourth homer in the fourth to put St. Louis up 2-0. The Cardinals scored four times against four Pirates pitchers in a sixth inning started by one-out singles by Ryan Ludwick and Spiezio, who scored three times.

"I'm just happy it ended the way it did for me," Schumaker said. "As a backup guy, you're trying to prove yourself every day."

Notes

The game was the last for Pirates chief executive officer Kevin McClatchy, the primary owner when his group bought the team in 1996 and possibly kept it from leaving Pittsburgh. McClatchy resigned July 6, effective at the end of the season, and has been replaced by team president Frank Coonelly. ... Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols scored 99 runs, the first season in seven years he didn't score at least 100. He went 0-for-5, stepping out of the batter's box momentarily once after becoming dizzy. He stayed in the game. ... The Cardinals used seven players in the No. 1 spot in their batting order, six players in the No. 8 spot and five in the fifth spot -- but only one in the No. 9 spot, 2B Aaron Miles.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Castillo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

S. Schumaker
AB 5
R 0
H 5
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS3000000 .309
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .189
    Brian Falkenborg, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
   a- Russell Branyan, PH0001100 .196
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    So Taguchi, CF1000000 .290
Skip Schumaker, LF5052000 .333
Albert Pujols, 1B5000025 .327
Rick Ankiel, CF-RF5000013 .285
Ryan Ludwick, RF4110000 .267
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .500
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Kelvin Jimenez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Barden, SS0000000 .171
Scott Spiezio, 3B3321100 .269
Kelly Stinnett, C4000011 .159
Troy Percival, P0000000 .000
   b- Jim Edmonds, PH1011000 .252
    Brad Thompson, PR0000000 .167
    Kip Wells, P1000010 .321
    Brendan Ryan, SS2111000 .289
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Aaron Miles, 2B4110011 .290
Totals38611626  
a-walked for Johnson in the 6th
b-singled for Percival in the 4th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker 2 (12, Bullington, Capps)
HR - Scott Spiezio (4, Bullington)
RBI - Russell Branyan (26), Skip Schumaker 2 (19), Scott Spiezio (31), Jim Edmonds (53), Brendan Ryan (12)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Branyan (6), Skip Schumaker 2 (6), Jim Edmonds (24), Brendan Ryan (4)
SB - Skip Schumaker (1, 2nd base off Bullington/Maldonado)
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
Troy Percival 1100020 1.80
Kip Wells (W,7-17) 3200040 5.70
Braden Looper (H,1) 0.1211000 4.94
Brian Falkenborg (H,2) 0.1100000 4.82
Tyler Johnson (H,6) 0.1000000 4.03
Russ Springer 1000010 2.18
Ryan Franklin 0.1333000 3.04
Randy Flores (H,14) 0.1100100 4.25
Kelvin Jimenez (H,1) 1100010 7.50
Jason Isringhausen (S,32) 1.1211120 2.48
WP - Ryan Franklin (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Troy Percival 14-11, Kip Wells 42-28, Braden Looper 14-9, Brian Falkenborg 9-6, Tyler Johnson 2-2, Russ Springer 14-8, Ryan Franklin 11-8, Randy Flores 8-4, Kelvin Jimenez 22-15, Jason Isringhausen 28-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 3-1, Braden Looper 1-0, Tyler Johnson 1-0, Russ Springer 2-0, Randy Flores 1-0
Batters Faced - Troy Percival 4, Kip Wells 10, Braden Looper 3, Brian Falkenborg 2, Tyler Johnson 1, Russ Springer 3, Ryan Franklin 4, Randy Flores 3, Kelvin Jimenez 4, Jason Isringhausen 7
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, CF5021020 .299
Cesar Izturis, SS5021003 .258
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000031 .272
   a- Josh Phelps, PH-1B0100200 .306
Xavier Nady, LF5021023 .278
Jose Bautista, 3B5000012 .254
Steve Pearce, RF4120000 .294
Jose Castillo, 2B4221011 .244
Carlos Maldonado, C4020001 .208
Bryan Bullington, P1000000 .333
   b- Jason Bay, PH1000002 .247
    Juan Perez, P0000000 .000
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Romulo Sanchez, P0000000 .000
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   c- Nate McLouth, PH1111000 .258
    Tony Armas, P0000000 .115
   d- Ronny Paulino, PH1000012 .263
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Totals395135210  
a-walked for LaRoche in the 7th
b-fouled out for Bullington in the 5th
c-singled for Youman in the 7th
d-struck out for Armas in the 8th
Batting
2B - Steve Pearce (5, Franklin), Jose Castillo (18, Franklin)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (7), Cesar Izturis (16), Xavier Nady (72), Jose Castillo (24), Nate McLouth (38)
2-OUT RBI - Nyjer Morgan (3), Cesar Izturis (8), Xavier Nady (41)
CS - Cesar Izturis (3, 2nd base by Wells/Stinnett)
Team LOB - 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
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Juan Perez 0.1222010 4.38
Franquelis Osoria 0.1222000 4.76
John Grabow0100100 4.53
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Tony Armas 1000010 6.03
Matt Capps 1100010 2.28
WP - Bryan Bullington (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bryan Bullington 78-56, Juan Perez 8-6, Franquelis Osoria 9-5, John Grabow 10-4, Romulo Sanchez 2-1, Shane Youman 9-6, Tony Armas 17-12, Matt Capps 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bryan Bullington 8-4, Shane Youman 1-2, Tony Armas 1-1
Batters Faced - Bryan Bullington 21, Juan Perez 3, Franquelis Osoria 3, John Grabow 2, Romulo Sanchez 1, Shane Youman 3, Tony Armas 3, Matt Capps 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25664
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Gerry Davis