ST. LOUIS -- No Mujica? No problem. Not for the Cardinals and their kiddie corps of fireballers.
With closer Edward Mujica unavailable because of tightness in the back of his shoulder, manager Mike Matheny turned to a trio of rookies to preserve six innings of strong work by starter Joe Kelly Thursday night.
Each of the youngsters handled their inning with no problems. Kevin Siegrist, 24, worked the seventh, Michael Wacha, 22, took care of the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal, 23, finished off the 6-2 victory over the Braves, which was only the Cardinals' second in their past 10 meetings with Atlanta (regular season, that is).
All three allowed one base-runner, though none allowed a runner to advance past second. All three showed off a power arm, with Siegrist and Wacha reaching 96 mph and Rosenthal touching 99. All three also proved efficient enough that Matheny didn't need to call on either of the team's other rookies relievers, Seth Maness and Tyler Lyons.