The recent performance of Adam Wainwright is suggesting that he and Chris Carpenter may be the best 1-2 pitching punch in the National League Central. One start after striking out 12 and giving up one run in nine innings, Wainwright fanned nine and threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday night against Milwaukee.
"I'm not saying I'm hot," Wainwright said. "I'm kind of getting things back to where they need to be.
"My stuff is good right now, no question."
Wainwright (9-5) was threatened only in the second inning, when he issued a walk and the Brewers had three hits. But one of them was canceled when Milwaukee's Mike Cameron was hit by a grounder and was called out.
For the second consecutive start, Wainwright threw more than 120 pitches. But he said it takes him only about 20 tosses to warm up before a start.
"I actually felt as good in the ninth as I did in the first," he said.
CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 0
RHP Ryan Franklin didn't get a save, but he threw just two pitches to get two outs -- a game-ending double play -- to preserve RHP Adam Wainwright's victory. RF Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and CF Colby Rasmus drove in the other two runs with a home run and a double.
--CF Colby Rasmus homered Tuesday for the third game in a row and had his fifth three-hit game of the season. "I think he benefits with Albert (Pujols) hitting (third) behind him," manager Tony La Russa said. "But he's been taking advantage of it."
--On the other hand, LF Rick Ankiel can't buy a hit -- or even hit the ball. Entering the game 1-for-15, he fanned four times in five hitless at-bats.
--C Yadier Molina, who rarely walks, drew three free passes Tuesday and also singled twice, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances.
--RHP Ryan Franklin, named to his first All-Star squad at age 36, said, "Better late than never." Franklin, who has 20 saves in 21 opportunities, wasn't even the Cardinals' closer on Opening Day, but rookie RHP Jason Motte had a bad game and the Cardinals went in a different direction.
BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- Seasons in which 1B Albert Pujols has hit 30 or more home runs. He has played only nine seasons in the majors.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You can fool yourself as much as you want, with as much positive talk as you want. But until you feel good doing something, then you aren't going to believe." -- Inconsistent RHP Todd Wellemeyer, after pitching one of his best games of the season to beat San Francisco, 5-2, on July 2.
--INF Mark DeRosa, still feeling discomfort in his strained left wrist, was placed on the 15-day disabled list and won't play until at least July 17, when the Cardinals resume play after the All-Star break. DeRosa, who said he actually had a partially torn tendon sheath, said, "I tried to play the brave face. You know the difference between tweaking something that's manageable and something feeling wrong. I don't know all the jargon, but there is something wrong with it. It makes swinging the bat uncomfortable."
--RHP Kyle Lohse apparently is ready for a start Sunday in a doubleheader in Chicago. Lohse fired six scoreless innings Tuesday for Class AAA Memphis as the final test for the strained forearm flexor in his right arm. Lohse fanned six and gave up two hits. He threw 95 pitches. He was hit in the back by a pitch but, oft injured in strange ways this year, he managed to stay in the game.
--RF Ryan Ludwick is 9 for his last 25 following a lengthy dry spell after he came off the disabled list at the end of May. "The last seven to 10 games, he's much more himself," manager Tony La Russa said.
--INF/OF Mark DeRosa (strained left wrist tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 1.
--SS Khalil Greene (social anxiety disorder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 29.
--RHP Kyle Lohse (strained right forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 4. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on July 2, and he is expected to be activated July 12.
--3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He was batting in Jupiter, Fla., in early July, but he was still having trouble throwing.
--LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He likely will miss all or nearly all of the 2009 season.