CIN@STL: Holliday fouls ball off ankle, stays in game

ST. LOUIS -- Before he keyed the Cardinals' win with a two-run homer on Tuesday, Matt Holliday was keeled over at home plate after fouling a pitch off his left foot/shin for the third time in his first two plate appearances. He was checked on by manager Mike Matheny and a trainer, remained in the game, and ended up drawing a walk.

By the end of the night, Holliday had already adapted, putting on a larger shin guard in hopes that it would provide improved protection. Matheny suggested that the bigger pad become a fixture for the left fielder.

"I'd let him take a catcher's shin guard if he wanted to," Matheny said. "He's had so many bounce off him that pretty soon that's going to be something that's just going to keep nagging him."

The foul-ball issue has been a recurring one for Holliday this season. Tuesday was not the first such instance where he fouled multiple balls off his foot/shin in one game.

"I don't know why," Holliday said. "I typically don't have that problem in my career. I don't know, I've got to quit swinging at that ball down and in, I guess. I've got to find some padding that will protect that."

Adams, Cards make missed call a moot point

MIL@STL: Cards dispute Adams' foul ball to right

ST. LOUIS -- Trailing the Brewers by one run in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-1 victory, the Cardinals appeared to have the momentum shifting in their favor. But that momentum was quickly halted when Matt Adams' knock into the right-field corner was called foul by first-base umpire Chris Guccione.

Replays showed the ball hit off the yellow line, and the call, which was disputed on the field by manager Mike Matheny, erased a potential first-and-third, no-outs situation for St. Louis.

"Tough call. When I got out there, he admitted that it was close," Matheny said. "You know, these guys do a good job. We had information back to our dugout pretty quick that that ball was on the line. I haven't seen it myself, but it sounded like it was pretty clear. They tried to get together and see if they saw anything different than what he saw, it just didn't happen."

Crew chief Tom Hallion and his officiating crew gathered to discuss the call and to see if any other umpire had a clearer view of the ball, but couldn't arrive at a conclusive consensus.

"When we get together and we huddle, we're looking for 110 percent assurance, that if we're going to flip it, that we can tell that it was the wrong call," Hallion said. "With that type of play, we just were not able to do that.

"… Obviously, we got the call wrong. We also didn't want to flip it and come back here and watch it on replay and see that we were wrong doing that. It's just one of those calls."

Brewers starter Marco Estrada tossed a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings, although Adams' hit would have broken it up much earlier. Were it not for a late-inning comeback by the Cardinals, the foul call could have had a significant impact on the game's outcome.

"That's the game of of baseball. People make mistakes," said Adams, who ended up hitting a two-run homer in the eighth. "It was a big turn of events. It would have been first-and-third, nobody out in a close ballgame where the pitchers were throwing the ball good. But, we just kept battling all game."

Molina brothers absent due to mother's surgery

PIT@STL: Molina's blast continues Cards' barrage

ST. LOUIS -- Catcher Yadier Molina and brother Bengie, the Cardinals' assistant hitting coach, were absent from Busch Stadium on Wednesday as their mother, Gladys, was recovering from a surgical procedure she underwent at an area hospital.

Manager Mike Matheny described the situation only as a "family personal matter," but shortly after the Cardinals' 5-1 win over the Brewers, MDR Sports Management, which represents Yadier Molina, tweeted out a thank you message on behalf of the Cardinals' catcher.

It read: "Yadier and his family want to thank everyone for the well wishes, prayers and kind words. His mother, Gladys, underwent a procedure and is in stable condition. Thank you again for your kind words."

It was not immediately known whether either of the brothers would be back in uniform by Thursday. Tony Cruz earned the start in Molina's place on Wednesday and helped guide Lance Lynn to one of his best starts of the second half. It marked the second time Cruz has been in the starting lineup since recovering from a left forearm fracture.

Rosenthal sets franchise K record for relievers

Rosenthal on adjusting to pitching out of the bullpen

ST. LOUIS -- By striking out the side in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Brewers, Trevor Rosenthal moved into first on the Cardinals all-time strikeout list for relievers with 96.

And it only took him 67 1/3 innings to do it, fewer than any other reliever in the top 20. The next closest on the list, Diego Segui, needed 100 1/3 innings to fan 93.

"It's cool to be recognized with all those other guys," Rosenthal said. "I know how great of people they are from getting to know them and hearing other people talk about their accomplishments. That's probably one of the coolest things. It's a good feeling. I'm just trying to represent it well."

The Cardinals have leaned on Rosenthal for many high-pressure situations in big games this season, something the right-hander believes he's accustomed to after being thrown into the fire as a rookie last season. He pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings in the postseason with just 22 2/3 innings of big league experience under his belt.

"I actually had an opportunity to pitch quite a bit in the playoffs, where throughout September I didn't even know if I was going to be on the roster," Rosenthal said. "I think that helped a lot. Definitely now it makes you shy away from the nervousness of getting in the game to more of an adrenaline rush and more excitement about having an opportunity to pitch in those situations."

Rosenthal will have a different sort of distraction diverting his focus Wednesday, as he and his wife, Lindsey, prepare to welcome their first child on Thursday. She is scheduled to be induced for labor Wednesday night after the game, and they're are expecting a baby girl sometime Thursday morning.

"Never know how long it's going to take, so we're just kind of playing it by ear and whatever happens, happens," he said. "It's definitely going to be life-changing from talking to other dads on the team. It's something you can't really prepare for, and I'm excited. I can't wait to be a dad."

Worth noting

• On Tuesday, the Cardinals debuted an original video series #TheFrontOffice on the organization's @cardinals Instagram account. The Cardinals plan to post new 15-second episodes daily featuring Cardinals fans and "The Office" personality Phyllis Smith, Fredbird, the Rally Squirrel, front-office members and players.

The #Nestflix series is believed to be the first of its kind on Instagram and will continue through Sept. 27. Episode samples can be viewed at cardinals.com/nestflix. To find all prior episodes, search #TheFrontOffice or #Nestflix on Instagram.

• The State College Spikes are one win away from a New York-Penn League championship after defeating the Tri City ValleyCats, 2-1, in 11 innings on Tuesday. Mason Katz, the Cardinals' fourth-round pick from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, tied the game with his solo home run in the fifth. An error aided the Spikes as they scored the game-winning run in extra innings.

The best-of-three series for the Cardinals' Rookie League team now moves to State College. Game 2 will be played on Wednesday. An if-necessary Game 3 would fall on Thursday if the Tri City club evens the series.

• Though Edward Mujica has allowed a run in three of his last four outings, manager Mike Matheny expressed continued confidence in his closer on Wednesday.

"He's going to have those runs," Matheny said. "They're going to happen. There's times it's just not as crisp or for whatever reason, but he's going to be good. He's going to be fine."

Since his scoreless streak of 18 appearances ended on Aug. 21, Mujica has allowed five earned runs in six innings.