The Cardinals wrapped up April leading the National League in run differential with a plus-53 mark. Only the Rangers have a better mark, with their plus-56 margin. The Cardinals' starters posted the second-best ERA (2.57) in the Majors last month, and the pitching staff also ranked second overall, at 2.61.
"[I'm] very proud of how they've played the game and how they showed up every day," manager Mike Matheny said. "They had some guys not feeling 100 percent but pushing through. Overall, you can't be any more pleased with the pitching than we are. Looking back, it was a good month."
Hall of Famer Stan Musial will soon have a bridge named after him in his home state, Pennsylvania. A state bill is expected to be passed later this week that will rename the Donora-Monessen Bridge over the Monongahela River after Musial, who is from Donora.
Top pitching prospect Shelby Miller earned his third straight win in Memphis' 5-4 victory on Monday. Allen Craig, who rejoined the Cardinals on Tuesday, drove home all five of Memphis' runs. Miller allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out four in five innings.