Scott Van Slyke grew up in St. Louis cheering for the Cardinals and going to games with friends in high school. On Sunday night, the kid hit his first major league home run against the Cardinals who were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, losing 6-5 Sunday night.
Van Slyke’s homer came against Mark Rzepczynski in the seventh with the Cardinals holding a 5-3 lead. With two runners on, Van Slyke was given the green light on 3-0 and cleared the bases. Van Slyke called it special coming against his hometown team.
The Cardinals were down 2-0 in the fifth when they finally got to starter Chad Billingsley.
Daniel Descalso led off with a single and Rafael Furcal reached on an error by Billingsley. Skip Schumaker followed with a two-run triple, then scored the go-ahead run when Carlos Beltran beat the relay to first from shortstop Justin Sellers on a potential inning-ending double-play. Furcal added a two-run bloop single that made it 5-2 in the sixth.
Rookie Matt Adams was added to the roster after the club put Lance Berkman on the 15 day DL with a sore knee. Adams lined the first pitch he saw in the major leagues for a base hit. He finished with two hits on the night.