Schilling gives D'backs usual solid outing

No longer tipping pitches, he goes 7, gets no-decision

Cards-D'backs notebook

October 04, 2002|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF

PHOENIX - If Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling was tipping his pitches yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals refused to accept the gratuity.

Schilling, who struggled through September and raised concerns that he was unconsciously advertising which pitch he was about to throw, was his usual overpowering self during the Diamondbacks' 2-1 loss yesterday at Bank One Ballpark.

He worked seven innings, struck out seven and allowed seven hits - the only one that mattered a bases-empty home run to J.D. Drew in the third inning.

The struggling Arizona offense got him off the hook for the loss with a run in the eighth to preserve his five-game postseason winning streak, but the Cardinals scored in the ninth to take a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-five series.

"It's exactly what we expected from Curt Schilling," said Arizona manager Bob Brenly. "You've got to tip your cap to J.D. Drew. That was not your typical hanging home run pitch. It was a fastball over the plate, down below the knees. It was a real nice piece of hitting on Drew's part to get it."

Rolen's injury

The X-rays on Scott Rolen's injured left shoulder were inconclusive, so he'll undergo a CT scan in St. Louis today. The collision near third base prompted comparisons with the outfield collision and shoulder separation that recently ended the season of Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez.

"I don't think the severity is like Gonzo's, where he had surgery," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. "But I do think that [Rolen's] continuing to play in this series is very questionable. We'll hold our fingers crossed through tomorrow."

The play Alex Cintron was called out for base runner interference when he ran into Rolen near third base in what was a costly play for both teams. The call ended an inning in which the Diamondbacks had two runners on and at least an outside chance to load the bases on the soft grounder by Junior Spivey that Rolen was trying to field.

Chances are, Rolen would have picked up the ball and thrown Spivey out, but it was not a routine play. Cintron appeared to misjudge the speed of the ground ball and could not avoid Rolen in the basepath.

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