Perhaps all the St. Louis Cardinals need to do for the rest of the season is play teams with records better than .500. For the second straight night the Cardinals take care of the San Diego Padres. This time, they blow out San Diego 14-4.
The back and forth season for the Cardinals continues to have many people scratching their heads. After being swept earlier this week by the Cubs, the Redbirds have taken the first two games against a team that started the night a half game out of first place in the National League West.
Maybe it was the comments made on Thursday by former Cardinal Jack Clark that lit a fire under the Redbirds. In a radio interview, he said the Cards were quitting and that the fans deserve better. His words were criticised by manager Tony LaRussa who said that Clark does’nt have enough experience to make those kinds of observations.
In any case, the Cardinal bats were working overtime last night.
Jadier Molina was the hitting star for the Cardinals. He would match his career best of four hits in a game, and set a new career mark by driving in five RBI’s.
Albert Pujols would also drive in three runs last night, thanks to a double and a single. Not to be outdone, Matt Holliday also drove in three runs with a groundout and a single.
A total of 10 different Cardinals would have hits last night. The Redbirds would score runs in every innings except the third, fifth and seventh.
Cards starter Kyle Lohse would have an ok kind of night. He would go five and a third innings giving up three runs on seven hits. He now has four wins on the season.
The win by St. Louis, combined with a loss by the Reds, means the Cardinals are six game back in the NL Central. They still trail the Braves for the lead in the NL wild card race by seven games.
The crazy ride that is the Cardinal season continues this afternoon with game three of the series. Adam Wainwright will try once again to get his 19th win of the year. The Padres will counter with Chris Young.
Game time is 3:10.