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Former Cardinal utility player enters game as pitcher

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers sent former St. Louis Cardinals utility player Skip Schumaker to the mound to get through the final inning of a 16-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

Schumaker, who reached 91 mph with his fastball, was able to get the first two batters faced out on six pitches, but ran into trouble with the next three batters reaching base.

With two outs and a 0-2 count on John Mayberry, Schumaker hurled four straight balls to issue a walk. Schumaker was visibly upset with himself after unintentionally throwing one of the balls up and in on Mayberry.

“That’s the No. 1 thing I don’t want to do is throw up and in on anybody, get anybody hurt or even throw inside so I feel bad about it,” Schumaker told the Los Angeles Times.

Ben Revere followed it with a double off an 85-mph changeup to put runners on second and third before Carlos Ruiz walked after a six-pitch at-bat.

Schumaker escaped the bases loaded by striking out pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero on a 90-mph fastball, and was the only Dodgers pitcher to not allow a run in the game. He needed 24 pitches, including 12 for strikes, to post his second scoreless frame of the season.

Starter Chris Capuano and relievers Patrick Moylan, Matt Guerrier and Brandon League combined to allow 16 runs (14 earned) on 20 hits and four walks over eight innings. They also combined to throw only one scoreless inning, the same amount as Schumaker.

It was the third career relief effort put in by Schumaker in his major league career. Prior to this season, he allowed two runs on one hit, a home run, and a walk while striking out two batters in an inning pitched for the Cardinals against his current team on August 23, 2011.

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