Cardinals Major League Notebook: 07/05/10

All-Star Adam Wainwright pitched and hit the Cardinals to an Independence Day win over Milwaukee at Busch Stadium.



Right-hander Adam Wainwright, a couple of hours after being named to the National League All-Star team, displayed All-Star form on both ends of the ball. Wainwright, winning his 12th game, held Milwaukee to five hits and one run in his second complete game against that team in a month and also drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double.

"He's a gamer," said fellow All-Star Albert Pujols. "On the mound and with the bat. It shows you nothing is going to bother that guy."

Left fielder Matt Holliday, who wondered before the game how Wainwright would react after his All-Star notification, wasn't really surprised by what he saw.

"He was pretty dominant," said Holliday. "(The Brewers) didn't look like they had much chance (Sunday). He pitched that well. And he can hit. He's dangerous."

But as distracted as Wainwright could have been, All-Star catcher Yadier Molina had even more reason to be distracted. Molina took his wife, Wanda, to the hospital Sunday morning and the Molinas had a baby daughter just 3-1/2 hours before the game.

"Yadi had to wake up early and take his wife to the hospital," said Pujols. "He shows up an hour or hour-and-a-half before the game. It was unbelievable how he was behind the plate, blocking the ball like he did. And Wainwright didn't shake off Yadi one time."

He is only a .229 hitter now, but Molina said, "If (the fans) vote for you, there has to be a reason for it. I'm glad they did."

CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 1: Right-hander Adam Wainwright ran his home record to 9-0 with a 1.43 earned run average. He also took over the National League strikeout lead at 124 by fanning nine and walking nobody in a 99-pitch complete game. To boot, he doubled in three runs, raising his RBI total to four for the season.


RHP Chris Carpenter, who gave up eight runs in three innings Saturday, had one of his two or three worst games at home since joining the rotation in 2004. An All-Star choice nonetheless, Carpenter (9-2) said, "The game continues to humble you."

SS Brendan Ryan, fielding erratically and hitting .198, is back on the bench again as young Tyler Greene will play for a while. Greene homered and tripled in his first two starts at second base and played well at shortstop on Sunday although he didn't get a hit. "(Greene) turned a couple of nice double plays," said manager Tony La Russa.

The Cardinals completed a 4-3 home stand by gaining a four-game draw with the Brewers. But manager Tony La Russa said, "It would be nice to get hot." The Cardinals haven't had as much as a three-game winning streak in a month.

RF Jon Jay homered in his first start after coming back from Class AAA Memphis. With RF Ryan Ludwick on the disabled list until after the All-Star break with a strained right calf, Jay will get time as a regular against right-handed pitching.

RHP Adam Wainwright ran his major-league record to 24 for home starts made when he worked at least six innings and allowed three earned runs or fewer.

By the Numbers:

20,60 - 1B Albert Pujols has had at least that many home runs and that many runs batted in eight times in his career, including this year, through the first 81 games.

Quote to Note:

"It's pretty unbelievable. It makes me sick to my stomach."

- SS Brendan Ryan, on his average sinking to .198.




Medical Watch:

RHP Chris Carpenter (bruised right forearm) was hit by a line drive June 28. He threw a bullpen session July 1, and he made his scheduled July 3 start.

RF Ryan Ludwick (strained left calf) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 26.

3B David Freese (bone bruise on right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28.

RHP Kyle Lohse (right forearm strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 5. He had surgery May 28 to alleviate muscle discomfort. He played catch June 28 for the first time since the surgery.

RHP Brad Penny (strained upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He threw bullpen sessions June 28 and July 1. He won't return before the All-Star break.

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