MILWAUKEE (AP) -- On any other pitching staff, Anthony Reyes
would have earned an encore.
The St. Louis Cardinals' top pitching prospect threw 6 1-3
innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut but didn't have
much time to celebrate his 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on
Tuesday because the club planned to send him back to Triple-A
Memphis in the morning.
"I hope I won't be sent down, but I know it's going to
happen," Reyes said. "Hopefully, I showed them something where I
can come back and pitch again."
That, he most certainly did, allowing just two earned runs on
two hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
"He really, really pitched well," Cardinals manager Tony La
Russa said. "He did so many special things. What a lift he gave
But he'll probably have to bide his time anyway.
"If he gets another start, it will be because it's important
for this year," La Russa said. "We've talked about maybe there'd
be sometime in September where we need to do what we did today."
With just one off day scheduled this month, the Cardinals
purchased the contract of their top pitching prospect and gave him
a spot start, pushing their other five starters back an extra day.
Reyes (1-0), a 23-year-old right-hander in only his second full
season in professional baseball, was just the sixth starting
pitcher for the Cardinals this season. St. Louis had been the last
remaining team in the major leagues to have used only its original
five starters in their rotation since opening day.
After allowing a two-run homer to Bill Hall in the second, Reyes
retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced before giving way to
Randy Flores with one out and nobody on in the seventh and Geoff
Jenkins due up.
The only blemishes on Reyes' night came in the second when he
allowed a single to Carlos Lee before serving up Hall's 15th homer
that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.
"He got a fastball up and a good fastball pitcher hit it out of
the park and he never backed off," La Russa said. "He came after
guys and that was probably the key to the game. He did not lose any
confidence in his stuff. He kept challenging them. ... That was an
important moment that he survived."
The Brewers were thoroughly impressed.
"It's always tough your first go-around against a guy you've
never faced before," Hall said. "He's got good stuff and he
proved why he's the No. 1 pitching prospect in their organization.
"It's amazing," Hall added. "They just keep plugging guys in
... they just keep finding ways to win on a daily basis."
After Grudzielanek's run-scoring single tied it at 2 in the
sixth, John Rodriguez added an RBI single that scored Albert
Pujols, who reached on his third walk of the night and sixth free
pass in two games.
Grudzielanek made it 4-2 when he doubled and scored on Abraham
Nunez's single off Dana Eveland in the eighth. Hector Luna followed
with an RBI single that made it 5-2.
Davis allowed three earned runs on six hits in six innings. He
walked four, struck out seven, committed a balk and threw two wild
Brewers manager Ned Yost drew his third ejection of the season
when he argued with plate umpire Angel Hernandez over a balk call
on Davis in the second inning. Yost said he was still hot over a
balk called on Matt Wise the night before and said the move by
Davis wasn't even close to being a balk.
"The first base umpire (Chad Fairchild) didn't even flinch,
(and he) had a better look at it," Yost said. "It's not a balk.
Chris Capuano and Doug Davis both have worked very hard on their
moves. Their moves are every bit legal. Take the time to work as
hard as they do and watch the play. That's all I ask. "We're out there trying to win ball games and St. Louis doesn't
need any help."
Reyes was the first Cardinals rookie to break into the
majors with a starting assignment since Dan Haren on June 30, 2003.
... First baseman-outfielder John Gall was optioned to Memphis to
make room for Reyes.