Photo: Jason Motte ready for his close-up

David Brown
Big League Stew

ST. LOUIS — No, he hasn't gone Hollywood, but St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte looks as cool as a bearded cucumber before Game 4 of the NLCS. Despite heavily overcast skies and turned-off lights at Busch Stadium, Motte rocked some righteous reflective sunglasses. He's about to do a TV interview and those lights are bright. (And me might have a light sensitivity.)

With all of the light in the sport shining on Motte on Wednesday night, he closed out Game 3 with a six-out save, the first of his career, in a 3-1 victory. Motte needed only 19 pitches to set down the San Francisco Giants, who hope to even the series Thursday night and guarantee at least one more game on the West Coast.

Cards manager Mike Matheny has said that Motte will be available to pitch if needed after starter Adam Wainwright. For the Giants, Tim Lincecum returns from his bullpen adventure in position to help prevent his team from falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

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