I hope you enjoyed the time off. I know I did. We're back in business and taking no breaks until Shavuos in June.
The Brewers managedment looks up to the Cardinals. Larry Bigbie has begun a rehab assignment with the Memphis Redbirds.
The Cardinals split the Brewers series by winning two and losing the last game. Marquis picked up the win on Wednesday as the Cards won 8-3. No Cardinal home runs but Jim Edmonds stole a base. The bullpen did no damage on Wednesday. On Thursday, Suppan picked up the start and gave up 3 runs. Eckstein had a big game going 3-5 with a double and a triple. Marquis even pinch hit. Tied at three through 10, the Cards lost in the 11th when Jason Isringhausen gave up a solo shot to Carlos Lee of the Brewers.
The Reds came in to town for a weekend series at the new Busch Stadium. The Cards lost the first game but won the next two. Carp picked up a loss despite six strikeouts as the offense did not back him up. The Cards lost by one run.
Saturday saw a blowout with a winning score of 9-3. Sidney Ponson picked up his first win of the season. In the bottom of the first, Yadier Molina singled to center scoring both Albert Pujols and So Taguchi. Scott Rolen advanced to third. Hector Luna singled to left scoring Rolen and advancing Molina to second. In the bottom of the second, Pujols hit his 5th home run and brought home Eckstein. In the bottom of the third, Hector Luna hit his first home run of the season. The Cards did not score again until the 7th when H. Luna singled to right center and Juan Encarnacion actually scored for a change. Scott Spiezio homered to deep right center and Hector Luna had another run. Spiezio became a member of the first father-son duo to homer for the Cards as Ed Spiezio was a member of the club from 1964-68.
Sunday defined the new Busch Stadium era as it shall now be known as "The House that Albert Built" or "The House that Pujols Built." Pujols went yard for not one, not two, but three home runs for # 6, 7, and 8 on the season. Two of them with one on base. Not to be out done, Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns both went yard. Braden Looper was credited with the win though Pujols hit a walk-off home run to win it. In the first inning, John Rodriguez tripled to deep right scoring both Albert Pujols and David Eckstein. The fifth inning saw both Pujols and Rolen hit back-to-back home runs (Aaron Miles scored on the Pujols blast). After seven innings, it was 6-3 Cardinals. The eighth inning saw three Reds runs thus giving them a 7-6 lead. In the ninth inning, Jason Marquis pinch hit for Braden Looper and singled to center. Pujols was next at the plate and went yard for a walk-off home run as the Cardinals bring home the win 8-7.
What's next: Pittsburgh
April 17: Jason Marquis vs. Paul Maholm
April 18: Jeff Suppan vs. Oliver Perez
April 19: Chris Carpenter vs. Victor Santos
April 20: OFF