The Cardinals spent a long day's
The club didn't arrive in
"There was never any doubt whether our club was ready to play," manager Tony La Russa said. "The best thing this club does is that it gets ready to play."
Wainwright wasn't going to come back after the second delay, but he didn't have to. His first complete game came in his 11th victory, and his curveball was as sharp as it's been all season. He got four of his seven strikeouts on called third strikes.
Slowly but surely, left fielder Rick Ankiel seems to be coming around. He hit his sixth homer and first since June 16, although he then struck out twice.
"If he has a little success, he'll get more confidence," said La Russa, not wanting to rush to judgment.
Cardinals 4, Nationals 1 (6 innings, rain): Skip Schumaker, the outfielder-turned-second baseman, had another strong game as the Cardinals' leadoff man. He doubled twice, scoring once, and he forced home another run with a bases-loaded walk.
• The Cardinals will play the
Phillies in their second and final series this weekend in
• With the trade deadline
approaching, the Cardinals reportedly are casting their lines in the direction
But Mozeliak said, "I've always
said we don't have untouchables." One report had
Mozeliak added that how long the Cardinals would be able to control a player (Holliday can be a free agent after this season) has some bearing. "It's a big part of your acquisition cost," Mozeliak said.
• Chris Duncan's father, Dave
Duncan, had some pointed commentary about the trade that sent the outfielder to
"The way I look at it is he was traded for a player who had very little (leverage)," Dave Duncan said. "He was designated for assignment. It's highly unusual for a major league roster player to be traded for somebody like that. So somebody wanted to get him out of the organization, and they've accomplished what they wanted to accomplish.
"Either that or we don't have
anybody in the minor leagues that they wanted for (
By The Numbers: 32—Career pickoffs for C Yadier Molina, through July 19.
Quote to Note: "As long as I can go out there and not think about it, I should be fine. I want to get to the point where the wrist does not consume my every thought at the plate."—INF/OF Mark DeRosa, returning to action after being disabled with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist.
• INF Julio Lugo, obtained from
• RHP P.J. Walters, a rookie who
was ineffective in spot duty, was optioned to Class AAA Memphis. It is likely
another pitcher will be called up from
• 3B Troy Glaus, who has been
bothered by back spasms, didn't play once again Thursday night for Class AAA
Memphis. He is on a rehab option as he continues his lengthy recovery from right
shoulder surgery in January. (ed note: Glaus will play in the outfield for
• INF Khalil Greene, who is on a rehab option while working to overcome social anxiety disorder, was 1-for-4 Thursday for Class AAA Memphis. He said he is ready to rejoin the big-league team whenever it wants him back.