ST. LOUIS -- Skip Schumaker has long wanted the opportunity to pitch in a Major League game. Now that he's done it, though, once is enough.
Schumaker pitched the ninth inning of the Cardinals' 13-2 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, striking out two batters and allowing a two-run homer to former teammate Aaron Miles. Now that he's scratched the itch, he'll be fine if he doesn't get the chance again.
"You never want to be in that situation, because that means you're down by a lot," said Schumaker, who did a little pitching in college. "It's a lot closer to the plate, to the hitter, than I remembered from college."
Schumaker topped 90 mph on the radar gun. He said that his arm, troubled earlier in the year by an elbow injury, felt fine both before and after. He was mostly just frustrated to give up a long ball to Miles, never known as a power threat.
"To give up a homer to Miles of all guys was a little disappointing," he said good-naturedly. "But it is what it is. It was fun. But I don't think I want to do it again, just because that means we're down by a lot."