When the Cardinals signed Ludwick as a minor league free agent before the 2007 season, he had been with the Oakland, Texas, Cleveland and Detroit organizations. Wellemeyer had been with the Chicago Cubs, Florida and Kansas City, but at the major league level he strictly had been a reliever.
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan thought the rangy Wellemeyer could be a starter, and encouraged him not to throw as hard as he could on every pitch. Wellemeyer has compiled a 13-6 record with the Cardinals in just more than one full season as a big-league starter.
Wellemeyer allowed singles in the first and second innings and then not any more hits until the eighth, when Luis Gonzalez's bloop single finished Wellemeyer for the night at 112 pitches. This was the second consecutive game Wellemeyer had thrown that many.
"Phenomenal job. There's nothing more to say," Ludwick said, praising Wellemeyer.
Wellemeyer, overcoming an elbow condition that bothered him in June and July, has won his last three decisions and has given up only eight earned runs in his last five starts.
"To shut this club down -- and the way he did it -- was very impressive," manager Tony La Russa said.
CARDINALS 3, MARLINS 0: Todd Wellemeyer and three relievers stopped Florida on four hits as the Cardinals pitched their seventh shutout of the season. Ryan Ludwick doubled home Cesar Izturis, who had singled, in the third, and homered behind Izturis' second single in the seventh.
NOTES AND QUOTES:
--RHP Chris Carpenter, who came out of Sunday's start in Chicago, will throw on the sideline this weekend in Cincinnati.
--SS Cesar Izturis, hitting safely for the ninth time in 10 games, had two more singles.
--Baseball sources say the Cardinals did not file a claim on Seattle LHP Jarrod Washburn, as had been reported. Washburn is due $10 million next year.
--The Cardinals started an all-right-handed batting order against Florida LHP Scott Olsen, who had held left-handed batters to a .177 average.
--The Cardinals' third win in four games in the series at Miami moved them three games behind wild-card leader Milwaukee and gave them a 4-3 record on their 10-game trip, which winds up in Cincinnati.
--RHP Todd Wellemeyer pitched great but struck out in all three at-bats, leaving five runners on base, while hitting eighth in the lineup, as all Cardinals starting pitchers do.