Knowing that he had been pitching poorly and that injured Kyle Lohse was making a rehab start on the same night, Todd Wellemeyer responded to the challenge with one of his best games of the season Thursday.
In his last start, Wellemeyer had
wrapped up a dismal June (1-3, 6.89 ERA) by working only 2 1/3 innings against
Wellemeyer had a 30-minute conversation with pitching coaches Dave Duncan and Marty Mason and watched film. He discovered an issue with his balance.
"When you figure it out, it feels good," Wellemeyer said. "Now it's just a matter of continuing it. It's the best I've felt all year."
Wellemeyer (7-7) appears to be bouncing back, as does Ryan Ludwick, who knocked in two runs and had his third multiple-hit game in the last five.
Meanwhile, Ryan Franklin appears
on course for an All-Star selection. A perfect ninth inning netted
CARDINALS 5, GIANTS 2: The
Cardinals finished their homestand at 3-4 by winning their last two games