The Cardinals Major League Notebook 09/20

Right fielder Adam Kennedy's grand slam highlighted a five-run first inning and the Cardinals drove Zambrano out of the game in the second.

Chicago right-hander Carlos Zambrano may have thrown a no-hitter in his previous start but the Cardinals seemed unimpressed Friday, as they were the previous time the Cubs' ace faced them.

Counting the nine runs he gave up in 4 1/3 innings in a start against them in August, the Cardinals have peppered Zambano for 17 runs in his last six innings against them. "We got to him before he got settled," said manager Tony La Russa.

Kennedy's big day -- he had a career-high-tying four hits and five runs batted in -- came one day after he revealed he had asked to be traded by next season, which would be the last on the three-year, $10 million deal he signed with the Cardinals.

"I just want to play baseball," Kennedy said. "I feel like I have a lot left in the tank."

Right-hander Adam Wainwright (0-3, 6.44 earned run average against the Cubs) beat Chicago for the first time in his career, surviving 107 pitches over five innings. "I didn't have great stuff and I didn't have great command of it," he said. "Every now and then, I would throw a good pitch.

"All the credit goes (to the offense)."

CARDINALS 12, CUBS 6: An 18-hit attack Friday featured RF Adam Kennedy's second home run and LF Ryan Ludwick's 34th. Ludwick had hit only two home runs since Aug., 16 and driven in just nine runs since then. His three run scored gave him an even 100.


--RHP Joel Pineiro, scheduled to start Saturday, was returning from Florida, where his wife gave birth to twin boys on Thursday. If Pineiro is unable to pitch, RHP Brad Thompson, who got knocked out in the fourth last Sunday, would make his second spot start of the trip.

--1B Albert Pujols will likely lead the club in hitting for the eighth straight season. Even Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby and Stan Musial didn't do that. Both led in seven consecutive seasons.

--RHP Josh Kinney, who missed nearly two entire seasons with elbow problems, which required a couple of surgeries, threw his fourth straight scoreless inning of relief over four appearances. Kinney, a 2006 postseason staple, has fanned five and given up only two hits.

--C Yadier Molina, who has a bruised left thigh and right triceps, is unlikely to play in the Chicago series. Molina has played only once -- and that for just four innings -- since he was plowed into a week ago Wednesday by Chicago LHP Ted Lilly.

--The Cardinals still have a chance to win the season series from the Cubs. They trail, 7-6 with two games left.

BY THE NUMBERS: 40 -- Number of times the Cardinals scored two or fewer runs in their first 153 games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have to define exactly where the young guys are in their development and what kind of part they'll play next year." -- Pitching coach Dave Duncan, on the offseason meetings to discuss the futures of young relievers Chris Perez, Jason Motte and Kyle McClellan.

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