• Shortstop Pete Kozma didn't start on Saturday night against the Cubs, as his offensive struggles continue to vex him of late. Kozma, who's hitting just .229 for the season, went 0-for-4 in a 3-2 win on Friday afternoon to extend a hitless stretch to 26 straight at-bats, including 0-for-7 in the series. Kozma did make a great play at shortstop on Friday to prevent a Cubs rally, but Daniel Descalso got the nod instead against Cubs No.1 starter Matt Garza.
• Cardinals catcher Rob Johnson, who was brought up from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday after the team released Ty Wigginton, said his role right now is just to stay ready for any situation that Matheny might give him. Johnson was ready on Friday afternoon and tripled with two outs. He then scored what turned out to be the game-winning run on Matt Carpenter's double.
Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.