The Cardinals opened the new Busch Stadium wit ha 6-4 win over the Brewers. Mark Mulder did a little of everything in the victory: he pitched eight innings, made some great defensive plays and he hit a two run homer, which proved to be the difference.
Mulder blasted the first homer of his career with Aaron Miles on base in the seventh inning. At the time it put the Cardinals on top 6-2. He finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI’s and two runs.
Mulder was cruising along and was headed for a complete game, but allowed a lead off single to Geoff Jenkins and was pulled immediately. Braden Looper came in to replace him and got Carlos Lee to ground into a double play.
That’s when things got interesting.
Looper gave up a double to Bill Hall and an RBI single to Richie Weeks to cut St. Louis’ lead to 6-3. Looper was yanked and replaced by Jason Isringhausen, who allowed a grand slam in the Cardinals’ loss to the Cubs the night before. Isringhausen surrendered a single to Prince Fielder to score Weeks to make it 6-4. Up next was Corey Koskie, who walked to put runners at first and second. Isringhausen was able to focus and got Gabe Gross to ground to first for the final out. Isringhausen was credited with his
Mulder was charged with two runs and got the win after no decision in his first outing. Bill Hall’s two-run homer in the second accounted for the only runs he allowed. It was also the first Major League home run to be hit in the new stadium. Albert Pujols led off the bottom of the third with a solo homer on the first pitch he saw. The line shot to left was the first Carinals home run. Later in the inning Yadier Molina drove in a run with a sacrifice to tie it 2-2.
Scott Rolen’s two-run double in the fourth gave St. Louis a 4-2 lead.