Yadier Molina, who earlier Friday was deemed doubtful for the game, even by
himself, because of a sprained right thumb, showed with conviction that he was
not adversely affected.
He caught three runners on the bases,
had three singles, stole two bases, forcing wild throws by Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado on both occasions, and scored two runs as the Cardinals rallied from
an early deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3.
After missing Thursday night's game in
Molina was worried he wouldn't be able to play on Friday, or even worse, that
there was a break. X-rays taken during the day found nothing amiss,
"I woke up this morning and my thumb
was feeling better," Molina said. "And then I got my X-rays and the results came
out negative. That was good news."
Molina said he still felt some
discomfort in his thumb, but it apparently was insignificant. He has thrown out
the last four runners who have tried to steal on him besides nailing a runner at
third base Friday after fielding a bunt and catching another runner between
first and second after a pitch in the dirt had gotten away a couple of
His two stolen bases, including one of
third base, gave him 10 in 11 tries this season. "When they go 1.7 (seconds) to
the plate, I'm an aggressive runner and I'm going to take a chance," the
slow-running Molina said.
Second baseman Daniel Descalso, who
delivered a key run-scoring double in the fourth, said, Molina "is amazing. "And
he's so smart, he knows when to go. And he's safe. All the time."
1B Lance Berkman was
placed on the disabled list for the third time this year and probably will be no
more than a specialty player for the rest of the season. Berkman, who has right
knee inflammation (he had surgery on the knee in late May), will be out at least
two weeks and possibly longer. When he returns, whether in August or September,
he figures to be very much a part-timer or pinch hitter. "I think I'd have to be
that," Berkman said. "For the good of the team, you can't put AC (1B Allen Craig) on the bench and let him rot. It's been a frustrating year, certainly not
how I envisioned it, but by the same token, I want to do everything I can to
help the team. If that means exclusively pinch hitting or being in a utility
role, I'd be more than happy to do that."
RHP Joe Kelly, who drove
in the go-ahead run himself in the fourth, gained his first victory since June
22 even though he didn't record his normal quality start (at least six innings
pitched, three or fewer earned runs allowed). That was a feat he had achieved in
his previous seven starts, with only one win to show for it. Kelly (2-4), who
got 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowed nine hits and two walks but
pitched out of trouble more often than not. Manager Mike Matheny said Kelly was
"fighting himself a lot at the beginning. He did a nice job of getting himself
out of trouble, but it was trouble that he created. It was a great lesson for
him, learning how to pitch when you don't have your best
LF Matt Holliday, who had
two infield hits, raised his average to .323. He has reached base via hit or
walk in 29 consecutive starts.
3B David Freese, who
helped beat Milwaukee in the National League Championship
Series last year, winning the Most Valuable Player award in that series, has
continued the assault against the Brewers. Freese had a two-run single Friday,
meaning he has hit safely in all 10 games the teams have played this season. He
is 15 for 39 in those games.
OF Shane Robinson was
recalled from Class AAA Memphis to take the roster spot of 1B Lance Berkman, who
went back on the disabled list.
SS Rafael Furcal, who had
missed five games with a lower back problem, was back in the lineup after
declining to take a cortisone shot. "I'm feeling better than the last three or
four days," he said. "I got checked out and they could see on the MRI it was a
little irritated from an old back surgery I had, but it was nothing bad. They
wanted to give me a shot to make sure, but I said we're going to do it with work
and see what happens." Furcal went 0-for-4 on Friday.
22 - Consecutive
scoreless appearances for RHP Mitchell Boggs, covering 19 1/3
Quote to Note:
"When you have as many
stops and starts as I have. … my goodness, if you'd told me I'd have two homers
and seven RBI in August, I would have laughed at you."
- 1B Lance Berkman, on
the disabled list for the third time this season, this time with right knee
C Yadier Molina (sprained
right thumb) was hurt Aug. 1, and he didn't play Aug. 2. X-rays were negative,
and he was back in the lineup Aug. 3.
1B Lance Berkman (sore
right knee) re-injured the surgically repaired joint Aug. 2 and was placed on
the 15-day disabled list Aug. 3.
SS Rafael Furcal (back
discomfort) did not play July 28-Aug. 2. He felt a little better Aug. 3 and was
back in the lineup.
LHP Jaime Garcia (left
shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6, and he
was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 16. After further examination, it was
determined that he has tearing in his rotator cuff. He threw 40 pitches from 60
feet on flat ground for the first time in a month July 4. He threw live batting
practice July 25. He began a rehab assignment July 30 in the rookie-level Gulf
Coast League, and he was slated to make three or four starts before a potential
return to the Cardinals in mid-August.
RHP Kyle McClellan (torn
labrum in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18 due to a
strained right elbow, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. He
threw on flat ground for the first time July 3, but he subsequently felt
shoulder pain. He had season-ending shoulder surgery July
RHP Chris Carpenter (weak
right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he
was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since
March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He threw to
hitters for the first time June 22 but then had a setback June 25 when he felt
renewed weakness in the shoulder. He said it felt better the next day, and he
had an extensive throwing session off flat ground June 27. On June 28, he was
told he has thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects,
weakness in one's shoulder. A July 2 bullpen session was canceled. He underwent
season-ending surgery July 19 to relieve thoracic outlet
Link to boxscore: St. Louis 9, Milwaukee 3