Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Notebook: Brebbia Gets Save, Trip to Memphis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Notebook: Brebbia Gets Save, Trip to Memphis

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John Brebbia, the last Cardinals reliever to pitch three scoreless innings, found himself optioned to Memphis after that performance, which netted him an official save on Wednesday night.

His replacement, John Gant, matched Brebbia and then some on Thursday, retiring all nine men he faced to gain credit for the victory in a 4-3 win in 13 innings over the Mets. And he appeared headed for Pittsburgh, not Memphis, after the game although nobody knows for how long.

"We'll see," said Gant, as he transferred clothing from one bag to another for the trip.

There was no question where the 25-year-old righthander stood Thursday. Choosing not to use Jordan Hicks and Tyler Lyons, manager Mike Matheny said, "(Gant) was finishing that game. He did a great job of finishing that game."

This was fine with the 25-year-old Gant.

"As long as it took," he said. "I just show up every day with a smile on my face and do what they tell me."

BREBBIA HAS GOING AWAY GIFT

Brebbia carried with him his first major-league save amid three scoreless appearances in the majors this year. "We really like that guy, if you haven't gathered that," said Matheny.

"I called him out of the clubhouse (Wednesday night) and he said he was ready for three (innings) today, which didn't surprise me. He realizes how valued he is as a person and a player."

Matheny didn't know if Brebbia knew he would get a save for pitching the last three innings but he recalled Brebbia saying to him after the eighth, 'Let me play one more inning of ball, coach.' I had to duck my head and laugh," said Matheny.

"He does that often. You never know what you're going to get out of him, especially on the mound. Guys rush (out) because you never know what he's going to say. It's not the typical stuff."

There will be a revolving door system between the Cardinals and their top-notch farm team at Memphis and Matheny said, "We picture quite a few of those guys at Memphis as part of our club. They're going to come in here and be very impactful."

PHAM EXPLAINS 'STABBING'

Outfielder Tommy Pham, who suffered a head wound when he whacked himself in the head with his bat in a batting cage accident during Wednesday's game, needed to find a different helmet on Thursday. …

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