Not a heck of a lot to dissect tonight. Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Ludwick, the 3-4-5 hitters for St. Louis, humiliated the Pirate pitching. They went a collective 9-for-14 with 2 doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and eight runs scored to led the Cards to a 14-7 win at PNC in front of 15,258.
Too bad the Pirate pitching took this evening to throw BP. For a brief, shining moment, it looked like a little home cooking would snap Pittsburgh out of its doldrums. They scored a half dozen times in the fifth off of Adam Wainwright, and handed Kevin Hart a 6-5 lead.
He got the first two guys out, but walked Skip Schumaker and gave up a knock to Colby Rasmus, and up strode Sir Albert. JR called for Denny Bautista; Pujols was 0-for-7 lifetime against him.
Make that 1-for-8 now. He yanked a little belt high curve into the left field seats to regain the Redbird edge, and that was the fat lady's cue.
Even with the 7-2 record during the last home stand, the Bucs are 8-22 in the past few weeks. That's a .267 winning percentage, or 43-119 over a full season. And that ain't good.
--Remember the Card fan that took a tumble over the railing the last time the Redbirds were in town, the one that Albert Pujols and Perry Hill tended to until he was taken to the hospital with his kid? Well, he's back for this series, too.
And Todd Frankel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a follow up on him, and it's a pretty cool story. You should give it a read.