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Cardinals use 10-run fifth to batter Athletics

Jun 17, 2007 - 6:15 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Cardinals got back off the mat after being knocked out on Friday.

The Cardinals erupted for 10 runs in the fifth inning and clobbered the Oakland Athletics, 15-6, on Saturday.

On Friday, St. Louis was thrashed by Oakland, 14-3, in Cardinals manager Tony La Russa's first game back against his former team in McAfee Coliseum. St. Louis took an early three-run lead, but gave up 12 runs in two innings in the beating.

The Athletics followed a similar script on Saturday.

With the Cardinals leading, 5-3, in the fifth, Juan Encarnacion led off the frame against Oakland reliever Julio Lugo with a double and reached third on a throwing error by shortstop Bobby Crosby. Scott Rolen walked, and after Ryan Ludwick flew out to right field, Aaron Miles lined a single to right, plating Encarnacion for a 6-3 cushion.

Kelly Stinnett followed with an RBI double to right and Brendan Ryan drove in a run with an infield hit. So Taguchi belted an RBI double to right plating Ryan and Stinnett for a 10-3 bulge.

"We put up a lot of really good at-bats," La Russa said. "We moved the ball all over the field and didn't try to do too much."

After Scott Spiezio, who was forced into a relief role in Friday's drubbing, was hit by a pitch, Taguchi scored on Juan Encarnacion's ground ball to short.

"I think it was a good game for us," Taguchi said. "We got good pitching and everybody hit. It's a good sign when everyone contributes like we did tonight."

Rolen walked to load the bases and the stage for pinch hitter Chris Duncan, who then belted a 1-0 offering off Kiko Calero into the right field seats for a grand slam and a 15-3 lead.

"I wasn't seeing the ball too well early on," Duncan said. "I felt like I was a little jumpy with my at-bats. Lately, I've been able to slow things down a little and get some good swings on the ball."

For Duncan, it was his first career grand slam and eighth pinch-hit home run. It also was the first pinch-hit grand slam for the Cardinals since Bobby Bonilla against the Chicago White Sox on June 15, 2001.

"It felt good," Duncan said. "It was my first one, so I was definitely excited."

The 10 runs allowed in the frame were the most by Oakland since it also yielded 10 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on May 25, 2005.

Mark Ellis belted a three-run shot - his sixth - in the bottom of the inning off St. Louis reliever Randy Flores to cut the lead to 15-6 and complete the scoring.

Nick Swisher belted a solo shot over the right field wall in the third inning to halve the deficit to 4-2. It was Swisher's 10th home run of the year and just his first in June.

Taguchi matched his career high with four RBI and Ryan, who was recalled from Class AAA Memphis prior to the game, singled in the fifth for his first major league hit.

"I hope that David (Eckstein) gets better soon," Ryan said. "But until he gets back, I'm going to do everything I can to help the team."

Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to a team- and season-high 16 games in the victory.

St. Louis starter Todd Wellemeyer, who picked up his second win of the season while pitching a career-high 5 1/3 innings in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, yielded six runs six hits in 3 1/3 innings before being replaced by Flores.

"I'll take it any day," Wellemeyer said. "I wish I could have at least gone longer than five, but that's a good team, and they are very disciplined up there. Even when you get ahead of them, it's still a battle."

Oakland starter Lenny DiNardo, who tossed a career-high six scoreless innings against San Francisco in his previous start, was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The lefthander had allowed just one earned run in 17 1/3 frames in three previous starts this season.

"I never found a rhythm," DiNardo said. "I couldn't get ahead of hitters and when I did, I couldn't put them away. That's basically it."








  • ML
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ST LOUIS 1 0 3 1 10 0 0 0 0 15 16 1
    OAKLAND 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 14 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: STL - TODD WELLEMEYER, RANDY FLORES (4TH), RYAN FRANKLIN (6TH), RUSS
    SPRINGER (7TH), BRAD THOMPSON (8TH) AND KELLY STINNETT
    OAK - LENNY DINARDO, RUDDY LUGO (4TH), K

    Jun 17 12:38 AM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MARK ELLIS (6) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF RANDY FLORES SCORED BOBBY CROSBY AND JACK CUST.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 15, OAKLAND 6
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M SCUTARO (.240, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 11:25 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY CHRIS DUNCAN (12) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF KIKO CALERO SCORED SCOTT SPIEZIO, JUAN ENCARNACION AND SCOTT
    ROLEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 15, OAKLAND 3
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A MILES (.283, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 11:13 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY JUAN ENCARNACION SCORED SO TAGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J ENCARNACION ON FIRST, S SPIEZIO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 11
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S ROLEN (.262, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 11:08 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SO TAGUCHI SCORED KELLY STINNETT AND BRENDAN
    RYAN.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, S TAGUCHI ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 10
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SPIEZIO (.265, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:59 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRENDAN RYAN SCORED AARON MILES.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B RYAN ON FIRST, K STINNETT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 8
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S TAGUCHI (.295, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:59 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KELLY STINNETT SCORED SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K STINNETT ON SECOND, A MILES ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 7
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: B RYAN (.167, 1-FOR-2)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:56 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AARON MILES SCORED JUAN ENCARNACION.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A MILES ON FIRST, S ROLEN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 6
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: K STINNETT (.200, 1-FOR-2)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:54 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SO TAGUCHI SCORED AARON MILES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S TAGUCHI ON FIRST, K STINNETT ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SPIEZIO (.267, 1-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:29 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY TODD WELLEMEYER ALLOWED DAN JOHNSON TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CUST ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4
    OAKLAND 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.259, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:21 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK SWISHER (10) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF TODD WELLEMEYER.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4, OAKLAND 2
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D JOHNSON (.257, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:10 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JUAN ENCARNACION SCORED SCOTT SPIEZIO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4
    OAKLAND 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S ROLEN (.262, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:02 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED SO TAGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S SPIEZIO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    OAKLAND 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J ENCARNACION (.272, 0-FOR-1, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 10:00 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SCOTT SPIEZIO SCORED BRENDAN RYAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S SPIEZIO ON SECOND, S TAGUCHI ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2
    OAKLAND 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.306, 1-FOR-1)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 9:59 PM


  • ML
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARCO SCUTARO SCORED JACK CUST.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M SCUTARO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K SUZUKI (.500, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 9:45 PM


  • ML
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ST LOUIS 1 1 1 0
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: STL - TODD WELLEMEYER
    OAK - LENNY DINARDO

    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: T BUCK (.283, 6 HR, 20 RBI)
    M KOTSAY (.236, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
    N SWISHER (.291, 9 HR, 38 RBI

    Cardinals vs. AthleticsJun 16 9:16 PM