Cabrera off target vs. Cardinals

Cabrera off target vs. Cardinals

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Daniel Cabrera set a team record by uncorking four wild pitches on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

Cabrera's first two wild pitches were thrown in the first inning. With Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols at the plate, Cabrera tossed a wild pitch that allowed Colby Rasmus to advance to second base. On the next pitch, Cabrera threw another wild pitch, sending Rasmus to third.

In the second inning, after Jason LaRue singled, Cabrera uncorked his third wild pitch, allowing LaRue to advance to second base. The wild pitch tied former Nationals right-hander John Patterson for the team record.

In fifth inning, Cabrera broke the record by throwing his fourth wild pitch, allowing Skip Schumaker to advance to third.

"[Cabrera] was trying to do too much with that breaking ball," pitching coach Randy St. Claire said. "He was bouncing them into the dirt and trying to do too much with it."

Cabrera ended up having a quality start, pitching six innings while giving up three runs on four hits in a 9-4 loss.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.