ST. LOUIS The first hit, a single, came and went without much to-do.
Occasionally, one of them gets on base.
But after Jake Westbrook, who entered the game with a batting average of .100, smashed a double to notch the first multi-hit game of his career, then later followed it with another single that made him 3-for-3, eyes stuck on the sinker ball-throwing starting pitcher.
Both times, he turned to his dugout and shrugged.
"I ran into a few, I guess," he said after the Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 9-6 on Friday.
If you saw his shrugs and followed Westbrook's eyes toward the Cardinals dugout, you would have noticed two pitchers Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller at the top step cheering Westbrook on.
Or so you might have thought.
"No," manager Mike Matheny said of the exchange. "They talk a lot of trash. That's all they're doing. They talk smack nonstop about their hitting. That's all you saw going on there."
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