--RHP Chris Carpenter worked seven prime innings, giving up just two hits and two runs. He struck out four and walked two while throwing 98 pitches, 57 for strikes. But he took himself to task for letting a cutter get too far over the plate when he was trying to pitch around Padres C Nick Hundley in the fifth inning, and Hundley hit a run-scoring double with the pitcher coming up next.
--RHP Ryan Franklin, who hadn't blown a save at home since Sept. 19, 2009, -- a stretch of 15 straight conversions -- said he didn't think San Diego CF Cameron Maybin's game-tying homer in the ninth inning was going to go out. But Franklin said, "I'm not going to let one game affect me. I'm not going to let this one game, one pitch, bother me for the rest of the year. I'm not worried."
--In a game in which the Cardinals' bullpen generally pitched well, RHP Bryan Augenstein suffered the loss in his Cardinals debut. Augenstein, who was victimized by SS Ryan Theriot's error, allowed three singles, but two of them were ground balls. "He got the loss, but did he pitch ineffectively?" manager Tony La Russa said. "I don't think so."
--1B Albert Pujols grounded into three double plays for the first time in his career. He was 0-for-2 with men in scoring position after hitting .472 in Opening Day games in his career.
--LF Matt Holliday knocked in the first run of the game with a two-out hit in the first inning. He led the National League with 50 two-out RBI last year.
BY THE NUMBERS
5 -- Consecutive times the Cardinals have lost a season opener at home.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I had a bad day." -- 1B Albert Pujols, after he went 0-for-5 and hit into three double plays in the season opener.
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