Cardinals Major League Notebook: 07/03/09

Todd Wellemeyer bounces back after a terrible month of June as the Cards split with the Giants to complete a disappointing 3-4 homestand.

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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.


Wellemeyer blanked San Francisco for seven innings before allowing a two-run homer to Aaron Rowand in the eighth inning. Showing some renewed focus, Wellemeyer threw 65 strikes out of 99 pitches.


In his last start, Wellemeyer had wrapped up a dismal June (1-3, 6.89 ERA) by working only 2 1/3 innings against Minnesota, his shortest outing of the season.


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 Franklin his 19th save in 20 tries.


CARDINALS 5, GIANTS 2: The Cardinals finished their homestand at 3-4 by winning their last two games against San Francisco. RHP Todd Wellemeyer, who was 1-3 in June, worked seven scoreless innings before weakening a bit in the eighth. RHPs Kyle McClellan and Ryan Franklin got the final five outs.

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