Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Almost game time

St. Louis (8-6) takes on Pittsburgh (5-11) for the final game of this series before an off day to travel back to Busch to play the Cubs for the first time in the new stadium. Chris Carpenter (1-1, 2.37 ERA) takes the start against Pittsburgh's Victor Santos (1-2, 7.07 ERA) in the afternoon game starting at 12:35 PM at PNC Park. Carp is starting so that brings some good news after yesterday's heartbreaking loss.

Albert Pujols goes for his 1,000th hit this afternoon and his 11th home run this month. So far, he has tied the April home run record set by Mark McGwire in 1998. It also surpassed his own rookie record of eight home runs. Pujols has homered in four straight games. For the Cardinals, this places him with Jim Edmonds (2004), Rip Collins (1935), and Jim Bottomley (1929). The franchise record for a five game span is seven home runs by Bottomley set in 1929. Pujols owns PNC Park having hit 18 home runs there and batting .386. Against Santos, Pujols only has six hits but no home runs.

Chris Carpenter is looking for his 1,000th career strikeout this afternoon which should happen in the next hour. In 19 innings, he's fanned 19 batters.

The other day, Walt Jocketty had the chance to watch Chris Lambert play.

Eckstein SS
Spiezio 3B
Pujols 1B
Edmonds CF
Encarnacion LF
Rodriguez RF
Molina C
Miles 2B
Carpenter P

Duffy CF
Sanchez SS
Bay LF
Burnitz RF
C. Wilson 1B
Edwards 3B
Castillo 2B
Paulino C
Santos P

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