--Manager Tony La Russa used a five-man infield for the first time in many years Friday in the 11th inning with a man at third base and no outs. After 2B Freddy Sanchez struck out, the gambit worked, as LF Allen Craig, moved to a normal third base position, made a diving stop on Giants LF Aaron Rowand and caught the runner trying to score. "Sometimes it makes sense," La Russa said. "I thought it would be a good time."
--RHP Bryan Augenstein, a rookie, worked out of an 11th-inning jam, scoring many points for himself. "That's another high mark," manager Tony La Russa said. "He never acted like he was rattled or anything. He continues to impress."
--2B Tyler Greene became the last Cardinal to start a game this season. Greene knocked in the first St. Louis run in the second inning with a single and played flawlessly in the field.
--The Cardinals' 2-5 start is their worst since 1997, manager Tony La Russa's second season, when they were 1-6. LHP Brian Tallet, the losing pitcher, said, "We just haven't put it together yet. Right now we are 2-5, and by the St. Louis Cardinals standards, that's unacceptable. We're going to be good. We're going to win ballgames."
--A private plane carrying La Russa, a couple of his coaches and several players to La Russa's fundraising golf tournament in the Oakland area had to return to a St. Louis airport Thursday when the plane's cabin failed to pressurize. No one was hurt, and the traveling party then joined the rest of the team on a later charter flight to San Francisco.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 -- Game out of their first seven in which the Cardinals scored more than three runs.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think that's probably really a push." -- Manager Tony La Russa, upon hearing that LF Matt Holliday, who had an appendectomy a week ago, hoped to play Sunday.
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