ST. LOUIS -- Josh Wall knew it was coming and took it as well as anyone can take a demotion when he was sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday to make room for Chad Billingsley's activation off the disabled list.
"I'm definitely glad I had a chance to throw before leaving," said Wall, who qualified as the winning pitcher in his Major League debut Sunday and was back in the Minor Leagues by Monday. "They just told me to go down and continue working on what I've been working on."
Something Wall said he's been working on this year is holding on runners, which paid off after he allowed David Wright's one-out single in the 11th inning. Wall kept Wright close to first base with a pair of pickoff throws and A.J. Ellis was able to throw out Wright trying to steal second base on the next pitch.
"I've been working on holding runners and being quicker to the plate to give the catcher a chance," Wall said. "That made a huge difference right there."
Wall was called up when Billingsley was placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow, and manager Don Mattingly hadn't found a spot to use him.
"I was telling Trey [Hillman, bench coach] during the game, he's going to get his first win and hit the road tomorrow, because I knew what move we'd make," Mattingly said.