St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2014-04-24T01:43:28Z St. Louis Cardinals Peralta sits amid lengthy skid After another frustrating night at the plate and in the field Wednesday, Jhonny Peralta was not in the lineup for the final game of the Cardinals' four-game set at Citi Field. The veteran shortstop, who signed a four-year deal with St. Louis this offseason, is mired in an 0-for-21 slump dating back to April 17 in Washington. Entering Thursday, he was hitting just .151 this April. Cruz, Lynn developing nice rapport Catcher Tony Cruz has found a measure of rapport with Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, and he received the start behind the plate for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Mets as a result. Matheny's first challenge of season goes Mets' way After home-plate umpire Marty Foster called the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter out on a close play at the plate, umpires confirmed the ruling via replay in an eventual 3-2 loss to the Mets. Walks costly for Cards after Wacha fans 10 After Michael Wacha recorded 10 strikeouts, five walks and three hits in the shortest start of his 14 in the Major Leagues, Lucas Duda took reliever Seth Maness deep for a mammoth home run to right-center, and the Cardinals went down, 3-2, to the Mets. Waino optimistic about making next start Mike Matheny wasn't quite as optimistic as Adam Wainwright that the right-hander will be able to make his next scheduled start, but both are equally relieved that the injury Wainwright sustained to his right knee on Tuesday is not nearly as bad as it first looked. Ellis gets another start with lineup leaning right The Cardinals, still largely struggling at the plate, loaded up with eight right-handed hitters on Wednesday, including Mark Ellis batting second -- and playing second -- in place of Kolten Wong. Holliday's homer-robbing snag looms large Matt Holliday is known for hitting home runs, not for robbing them. But when Holliday made the play of the day in the Cardinals' 3-0 over the Mets on Tuesday, it was with a glove rather than a bat. Pujols' milestone homer brings smiles to Cardinals The Cardinals saw the first 445 of Albert Pujols' home runs live. They were thrilled to hear about No. 500. Stellar Wainwright leads Cardinals over Mets Adam Wainwright went seven innings, Jon Jay had a big hit and Matt Holliday made a spectacular home run-robbing catch as the Cardinals downed the Mets, 3-0, on Tuesday at Citi Field. Scuffling Bourjos out of lineup in favor of Jay Peter Bourjos, who entered play Tuesday hitless in his last eight at-bats, was out of the Cardinals' lineup vs. the Mets, with Jon Jay getting the start in center field. Lyons to continue filling in for injured Kelly Tyler Lyons' first start of the season was good enough to earn him a second one. Taveras sits out Triple-A game as precaution Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras was out of the lineup Tuesday at Triple-A Memphis, but really, the news isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. Cardinals blanked by Mets in series opener Tyler Lyons gave the Cardinals six innings in the opener of a four-game series on Monday, but they were shut out, 2-0, by Jenrry Mejia and three Mets relievers. Torre starred in many positions with Cardinals Joe Torre played six seasons with the Cardinals from 1969-74, winning the NL MVP in 1971 and managing the club from 1990-95. The Cooperstown selection is in the running for a place in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame gallery. 'Off the Bat' episode a team effort for Cards For those who follow it closely, there's no question the Cardinals' starting rotation is a close-knit group. For anyone who doesn't, tonight's episode of the MTV2 show "Off the Bat" has you covered. Ellis gets call over Wong for opener with Mets Mark Ellis, who missed the first 15 games with tendinitis in his left knee, returned just as Kolten Wong went on a two-for-13 stretch that has dropped his on-base percentage to .297. Fornataro throws perfect frame in debut Eric Fornataro, called up from Triple-A Memphis last week, pitched a one-two-three eighth inning on Monday night in his Major League debut, inducing two ground balls and a flyout. Simmons an offensive force in time with Cards From 1970-80, Ted Simmons would become one of the best hitting catchers in Cardinals history, earning eight All-Star nods, a Silver Slugger Award and, most recently, a nomination for the new Cardinals Hall of Fame. Fan balloting at concludes on Tuesday. Rondon optioned to open roster spot for Lyons Neither Jorge Rondon nor Eric Fornataro, both of whom were called to the Majors on Thursday, had an opportunity to pitch in the four-game series the Cardinals concluded Sunday. Fornataro, however, gets the opportunity for the longer stay. Miscues come back to haunt Cards in narrow loss Though there would be no adding to the seven unearned runs already scored in the series, it was a pair of plays not made that kept St. Louis from reeling off its fourth consecutive series victory. This time the bullpen couldn't provide the bailout as the Nationals salvaged the series split with a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at home. Pitchers seeing early returns from hitting practice Shortly after gathering in Florida to begin preparations for the season, the Cardinals' starting pitchers gathered together and set an offensive objective. Displeased with their results at the plate last season, the group wanted to improve with the bat and, even if the hits didn't fall, extend at-bats to make themselves a tougher out. Holliday's day off his first of season In an effort to continue to rest his starting position players while the Cardinals trudge through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, Manager Mike Matheny sat outfielder Matt Holliday on Sunday. Holliday had been the Cards' only position player to start each of the team's first 18 games. Lyons tabbed to fill Kelly's spot in rotation The Cardinals made official on Sunday the roster move most had been anticipating since starter Joe Kelly went on the disabled list Thursday with a left hamstring strain. It will be lefty Tyler Lyons, manager Mike Matheny confirmed, who will take Kelly's spot in the rotation and start Monday against the Mets. Lynn, Cruz battery powers Cards to victory Lance Lynn allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings and combined with battery mate Tony Cruz to drive in three runs, as the Cardinals beat the Nationals, 4-3, on Saturday at Nationals Park. Cards coy about upcoming pitching plans The Cardinals have settled on a starter for Monday's series opener against the Mets, but manager Mike Matheny said on Saturday that the team is not yet ready to announce its choice. Cards pair Cruz with Lynn in battery Having helped navigate Lance Lynn through seven scoreless innings in his start on Monday, Tony Cruz returned as Lynn's batterymate in Saturday's outing against the Nationals. Garcia, Motte have good rehab outings Jaime Garcia threw two scoreless innings and Jason Motte one during an extended spring training game on Saturday. Both players have remained in Jupiter, Fla., after Spring Training to continue their respective rehab programs. Cardinals still adjusting to transfer rules On Thursday night, the Cardinals were the beneficiary of Major League Baseball's now stricter enforcement of its transfer rule, requiring that players keep a ball secured while transferring it from the glove to the bare hand. Matheny talks leadership at U.S. Department of State Manager Mike Matheny accepted an invitation to speak to the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State on Friday as part of its speaker series to promote the development and practice of leadership. Shaky defense foils Wacha's strong outing A missed catch by Matt Carpenter and an errant throw by Yadier Molina following a wild pitch compounded a costly seventh inning and helped the Nats to a pair of unearned runs against Michael Wacha. That's all Washington would need to even the series with a 3-1 win in front of 31,237 at Nationals Park on Friday night. Regional Daily News 2014-04-24T18:43:28Z