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John Lackey returned to form Friday by allowing just 7 2/3 innings as part of a 2-1 victory over the Reds.

Lackey's last turn in the rotation was skipped after he complained of a dead arm, but he bounced back nicely Friday by holding the Reds to six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. The Reds' offense isn't scaring anyone these days, but it was an encouraging performance. He'll look to keep it going next week against the Cubs.
Sep 20 - 12:06 AM

Trevor Rosenthal was pulled from a save chance Friday against the Reds.

After inheriting a 2-1 lead, Rosenthal walked Todd Frazier to begin the top of the ninth before getting Devin Mesoraco to strikeout swinging. He then gave up a single to Brandon Phillips before Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pulled him in favor of Randy Choate, who struck out Jay Bruce swinging. Matheny then brought in Seth Maness to get Ryan Ludwick to fly out to lock down the victory. Rosenthal figures to get the next save opportunity, but the Matheny clearly isn't afraid to go in another direction depending on the situation.
Sep 20 - 12:05 AM

Matt Holliday went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, and a walk against the Reds on Friday.

Randal Grichuk and Holliday went back-to-back against David Holmberg in the first inning, which gave John Lackey and the Cardinals' bullpen all the offense they would need. Holliday is now up to 19 home runs on the year, putting him one short of his sixth-straight 20-homer campaign.
Sep 20 - 12:05 AM

Randal Grichuk connected for a solo homer in Friday's win over the Reds.

It was his second major league homer. The 23-year-old rookie is batting just .226/.261/.357 through 39 games with the Cards this season, but he has seen better results at the plate since his return in late August.
Sep 20 - 12:04 AM

Shelby Miller yielded two runs (one earned) in six innings of work on Thursday but took a no-decision as the Cardinals needed 13 innings to dispose of the Brewers.

Miller has been on a roll, having allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts spanning 26 innings. He limited the Brewers to five hits without a walk while striking out four. The right-hander is picking up momentum at the right time for the Cardinals. Miller's ERA stands at 3.68 with a 1.26 WHIP and a 119/71 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday next.
Sep 19 - 1:09 AM

Matt Adams, making his return to the Cardinals' lineup, went 2-for-5 with a bases-loaded walk, and scored the game-winning run in Thursday's 13-inning win against the Brewers.

Adams reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second base on Jhonny Peralta's single. Tony Cruz then singled, sending Adams motoring around the third base bag to score the winning run. Adams has been bothered lately by an oblique injury. The slugger is slashing .287/.320/.459 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI.
Sep 19 - 1:06 AM

Tony Cruz delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning on Thursday against the Brewers, helping the Cardinals hold serve in the NL Central.

With the Pirates also winning on Thursday, the Cardinals maintain their 2.5-game hold on first place in the division. Cruz scored Matt Adams from second base on a single to center field off of Jimmy Nelson. Cruz had entered the game in the top of the 10th after Yadier Molina had been replaced with a pinch-runner in the previous inning. Cruz has mustered a .205/.273/.244 slash line and 14 RBI on the season.
Sep 19 - 12:59 AM

Adam Wainwright threw his third shutout of the season in Wednesday's 2-0 victory over the Brewers.

Wainwright was tremendous, needing only 102 pitches to cover his nine scoreless frames. That's the fewest pitches he's thrown in any of his nine career shutouts. The ace right-hander hit a rough patch in July and August, but he's been locked in over his last three starts and will bring a 2.45 ERA and 1.05 WHIP into his next scheduled outing on the road against the Cubs.
Sep 17 - 11:00 PM

John Lackey (arm) is scheduled to pitch in Friday's series-opener against the Reds.

Lackey was skipped from his last turn after complaining of arm fatigue, but he felt better after a side session on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander has an ugly 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining the Cardinals.
Sep 17 - 5:54 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Saturday against the Reds.

Wacha reported feeling "great" after a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and then extended himself without issue in another bullpen session Wednesday, so he's been given the go-ahead to pitch this weekend versus the visiting Reds. The 23-year-old right-hander has been battling a shoulder issue since June. The Cardinals want to see what he's capable of before October arrives.
Sep 17 - 5:52 PM

Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run on a hit and two walks Tuesday, suffering the blown save against the Brewers.

Rosenthal was erratic from the start, walking Jonathan Lucroy before allowing a double by Aramis Ramirez on a hanging changeup. He wouldn't allow another hit in the inning, sandwiching an intentional walk between three outs, but a sacrifice fly from Matt Clark tied the game and saddled Rosenthal with his sixth blown save of the year. It was mild as far as blown saves go, but it was disappointing after Rosenthal appeared to be in command while earning his 44th save Sunday. Still, he's the guy in the ninth inning for the Cardinals from here out, for better or worse.
Sep 17 - 12:39 AM

Lance Lynn held the Brewers to just one run over seven innings but settled for a no-decision Tuesday.

Lynn gave up just five hits and a walk on the evening, with Gerardo Parra's solo home run in the fourth inning serving as the Brewers' only run against him. He exited in line for his 16th win before a Trevor Rosenthal blown save left him without a hand in the decision. Still, it was another terrific outing from the 27-year-old. Lynn owns a 15-9 record and 2.68 ERA heading into Sunday's contest against the Reds.
Sep 17 - 12:27 AM

John Lackey (arm) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium.

Lackey was skipped from his last turn in the Cardinals' starting rotation due to a case of dead arm, but he is in line to return Friday and is expected to do just that. The veteran right-hander owns a rough 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining St. Louis.
Sep 16 - 5:10 PM

Matt Adams (oblique) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Brewers.

Adams has been dealing with a left oblique injury for much of this month and his offensive numbers have cratered. The Cardinals -- lacking a serviceable backup option at first base -- need to get him right down the stretch.
Sep 16 - 4:12 PM

Marco Gonzales struck out nine while holding the Rockies to one run over 5 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 4-1 win Sunday.

Gonzales gave up an RBI double to Brandon Barnes in the second inning, one of only four hits he allowed, but he kept the Rockies under wraps for the rest of the day. He did walk four, a downside, but the nine strikeouts were certainly a career best. He's won three straight decisions to move to 3-2. With Michael Wacha's status still up in the air, it's unclear when or if Gonzales will get another start.
Sep 14 - 7:24 PM


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