--RHP Eduardo Sanchez, recalled earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in striking fashion, fanning five hitters over the final two innings. Sanchez, a hard-throwing, 22-year-old Venezuelan, was brought up from Class AAA Memphis along with RHP Fernando Salas. They replaced RHP Bryan Augenstein (strained right groin) and LHP Brian Tallet (fractured right hand), who both went on the 15-day disabled list after being hurt Tuesday.
--RHP Jake Westbrook gained his first victory of the season but didn't make it through six innings. Manager Tony La Russa, however, thought that Westbrook was "outstanding," in that he walked only two while pitching with a huge lead that swelled to 13 runs at one point. Three of the five runs Westbrook gave up in 5 1/3 innings were unearned.
--RF Lance Berkman, who homered four times in the three-game series, has hit three to left field while batting left-handed, which is his better side. "When I'm doing well, I'm hitting balls the other way," Berkman said.
--The Cardinals have just one left-handed reliever now that Brian Tallet is on the DL. General manager John Mozeliak called that situation "not ideal." Manager Tony La Russa said, "I think it's realistic to evaluate your roster day to day and see what's your best option. This makes the most sense right now, and you keep looking if there's some setup that works for you."
BY THE NUMBERS
8 -- Runs batted in by 2B Skip Schumaker in the last four games. He never had driven in runs in four straight games in his career until his last four games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We're going to be a tough club to pitch against because we have a lot of different ways to score." -- Manager Tony La Russa, on the revived Cardinals offense.
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