8:10 PM ET, September 23, 2002
Busch Stadium I, St. Louis, Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks might have lost a lot more than a chance to clinch a playoff berth.
The Luis Gonzalez injury is damaging because the Diamondbacks no longer have the outfield depth they had in the past. Last year they had Danny Bautista as a fourth outfielder. In fact, he was the starting right fielder this season until he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in May. No matter who they replace Gonzalez with, there will be a dropoff. They may have to move Erubiel Durazo to the outfield against right-handed pitching and play Mark Grace at first base. His absence will hurt the most against left-handers because Gonzalez, as a left-handed hitter, could hit lefties as well as right-handers. In the outfield they would be left with Steve Finley, Quinton McCracken, David Dellucci and maybe Jose Guillen. And while McCracken is a switch-hitter, only Guillen is a right-handed hitter of the other three. Losing Gonzalez would also hurt their leadership. Gonzalez is a leader, the rock in the middle of their lineup. It's like the Cardinals losing Albert Pujols or the Braves losing Chipper Jones or Gary Sheffield. Gonzalez's shoulder hasn't been fully diagnosed, so he could be back next week, in time for the opening of the playoffs. Hopefully, he could get healthy and be rested. We will have to wait before we can know the full effect of his injury. But without Gonzalez, the Diamondbacks would no longer be the favorites to win the National League pennant.
Arizona's Luis Gonzalez, center, is expected to be out at least a week with a separated shoulder.
The teams are meeting for the first time since April 15-17 in Phoenix, when the Diamondbacks took two of three. ... Wright is 1-4 with an 8.23 ERA in six career starts at Busch Stadium. He made his second start in St. Louis since being acquired from the Brewers Aug. 29. ... The Diamondbacks last gave up 10 runs in an inning Oct. 7, 2001 at Milwaukee. ... Williams didn't play because of a tight right quadriceps muscle. ... The 10-run inning was the Cardinals' second-best of the season, trailing only an 11-inning third against the Cubs on Sept. 6. ... Of Spivey's 14 homers, only four have come against right-handed pitching. ... Pujols also had a run-scoring double in the seventh and has 126 RBI, two fewer than NL leader Lance Berkman of the Astros. ... Diamondbacks reliever Greg Swindell didn't get anybody out in the Cardinals' 10-run seventh and allowed five runs on six hits.
Regular Season Series
|1st||J Spivey homered to left.||1||0|
|4th||E Renteria singled to right, T Martinez scored, E Renteria to second on throwing error by right fielder Q McCracken.||1||1|
|5th||A Pujols doubled to deep right, E Marrero scored, J Edmonds to third.||1||2|
|5th||J Drew hit sacrifice fly to left, J Edmonds scored, A Pujols to third, T Martinez to second.||1||3|
|7th||M Cairo singled to left, S Taguchi scored, A Pujols to second.||1||4|
|7th||E Renteria reached on infield single to second, A Pujols scored, M Cairo to third.||1||5|
|7th||M Matheny reached on infield single to third, M Cairo scored, E Renteria to second.||1||6|
|7th||F Vina reached on infield single to pitcher, E Renteria scored, M Matheny to third, K Robinson to second.||1||7|
|7th||E Marrero doubled to right center, M Matheny, F Vina and K Robinson scored.||1||10|
|7th||S Taguchi singled to shallow right, E Marrero scored.||1||11|
|7th||A Pujols doubled to left, S Taguchi scored.||1||12|
|7th||E Perez singled to left, A Pujols scored.||1||13|
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