Monday, April 10, 2006

Now that's CARDINAL baseball

Albert Pujols and Mark Mulder hit home runs at the home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. Mulder helped himself by going 2-3 with a double and his first career home run in the majors. Mulder picked up the win and Izzy got his third save of the season. Tomo Ohka picked up his first lost of the season. The Cards do it right and won today 6-4.

The last starter in BS2: Mark Mulder. The first starter in BS3: Mark Mulder.
Here's excerpts from the ESPN recap:
The Cardinals' left-hander threw eight strong innings and hit his first career home run to help the St. Louis beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 Monday in the first major league game at the $365 million ballpark.

Scott Rolen's two-run double in the fourth off Tomo Ohka (0-1) gave the Cardinals the lead for good and Albert Pujols hit his fourth homer, a drive to the left-center power alley estimated at 445 feet.

The day began on a festive note, with Pujols and Chris Carpenter, the NL MVP and Cy Young Award winners, throwing out dual ceremonial first pitches to retired Cardinals greats Willie McGee and Bob Gibson. It stayed festive most of the day for a sellout crowd of 41,936.[...]

Mulder allowed seven hits in eight innings, struck out five and walked one. He also was 2-for-3 with a double on a hop off the center-field wall and a walk -- coming in he had a .119 career average in 84 at-bats with four RBI.

His home run, a two-drive off Jose Capellan in the seventh, put the Cardinals ahead 6-2.

Mulder also started the final home opener at the old Busch Stadium last year in addition to pitching the final game at the 40-year-old park last fall in a Game 6 NLCS loss to the Houston Astros.
Today is a true example of how you play St. Louis Cardinal baseball.

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