Cardinals go back to McClellan after delay

The St. Louis Cardinals used a replacement starter before a rain

delay of two hours and 10 minutes to give Kyle McClellan a chance

to pitch.

The Cardinals switched starters due to a threat of a storm,

announcing 40-year-old Miguel Batista as the pitcher about 15

minutes before game time Friday night. Batista threw only six

pitches, opening with a four-pitch walk to Drew Stubbs with three

of the deliveries way out of the strike zone, and Stubbs stole

second before umpires called a halt with a 1-1 count on Brandon

Phillips with the game only two minutes old.

Reds scheduled starter Edinson Volquez warmed up before the

storm hit, and was replaced by Matt Maloney, who got his first

start of the season. Maloney entered with a 7.45 ERA in four

appearances covering 9 2-3 innings.

The majority of a crowd likely in the 30,000 range stuck around

despite three tornado sirens sounding and heavy rain, with

thousands waiting patiently under the stadium decks.

Batista made his first start since July 27, 2010, when he was an

emergency fill-in for Stephen Strasburg with the Washington

Nationals. Batista made the Cardinals, his ninth team, as a long

reliever.

Batista was 1-0 with 1.29 ERA in five appearances covering seven

innings. McClellan is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA.