Reliever Jason Motte was announced on Tuesday as the Cardinals' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to one of the 30 club finalists "who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field."
The Cardinals' rotation plans for their weekend series against the Reds remain unclear, as the club plans to first see how Michael Wacha responds to throwing off the mound on Wednesday before making any firm announcement. While Wacha's status is unclear, so is John Lackey's next start date.
Lance Lynn was denied his 16th win after Trevor Rosenthal's blown save in the ninth, while Kevin Siegrist gave up the go-ahead single in the 12th in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday night.
St. Louis used the combination of strong pitching, timely power and good defense to take the first two games in the series. On Sunday, the pitching was there, Jhonny Peralta supplied the power and Peter Bourjos provided the defense as the Cardinals completed the sweep of the Rockies with a 4-1 win in front of 44,598 at sold-out Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals announced late Saturday that Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller will be the starters against the Brewers from Tuesday-Thursday. With the off-day Monday, all three starters will be pitching on normal rest, and John Lackey will have his scheduled start on Tuesday skipped.
Again showing confidence in an array of secondary pitches, along with bashing a key double, Shelby Miller continued his string of strong starts in a 5-4 win for St. Louis against the Rockies on Saturday night in front of 45,552 at Busch Stadium. The Rockies scored three runs in the ninth inning, but Pat Neshek got Rafael Ynoa to fly out to center to end the game.
The Cardinals needed a stopper on Friday night at Busch Stadium, and Adam Wainwright was up to the task, pitching St. Louis to a 5-1 win against the Rockies in front of 45,108 at Busch Stadium. Matt Holliday hit a long three-run homer in the first.
The celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," is on, as Francis Scott Key's memory is honored for his poetic description of the "dawn's early light" of Sept. 14, 1814, at the height of the War of 1812. With that in mind, two centuries later, we go around the horn with nine things to know about the song that is now eternally connected to the Grand Old Game.
While the Cardinals would have preferred to see John Lackey pitch deeper in Wednesday night's game, manager Mike Matheny said the club is at least hopeful that Lackey's early ejection and an extra day of rest before his next start will help refresh the right-hander, who has labored his last two times out.
Cardinals right-hander John Lackey, who started Wednesday's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park, was ejected in the third inning by home-plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing balls and strikes.