The Cardinals lost the game on Friday but not before Pujols tied the MLB record with 13 home run. Pujols was not satisfied as the Cardinals lost. The Cardinals just didn't rally for the win. The final score was 8-3 as the Nationals won the game. Jason Marquis went five innings, giving up seven. Josh Hancock, Randy Flores, and Brad Thompson combined for four innings of relief, giving up a total of one run.
The home run aside, there was not much scoring action in the game for the Cardinals. In the bottom of the second, Skip Schumaker doubled to left center and brought home John Rodriguez. Pujols hit a single in the fifth inning, bringing home David Eckstein.
Carp (3-1, 1.91) took the mound today for the Cardinals against Livan Hernandez (1-3, 6.68). It was very much a pitcher's duel as both went seven innings and gave up one run each. Carp lowered his ERA to 1.80 while Hernandez lowered his to 5.49. Braden Looper pitching an inning of relief and picked up the win. Jason "Izzy" Isringhausen loaded the bases in the top of the ninth but managed to convert the save opportunity for his seventh save of the season.
Saturday saw Albert Pujols set a new MLB/NL/team record for long balls in the month of April with his 14th home run. He also matches the club record for RBIs with 32, set by Mark McGwire in 1998.
The Cardinals won on Saturday for the 16th win of the month, and that is a new club record. The Cardinals are currently one game behind Cincinnati in the division and I expect that to change on Monday when the Cards play a two-game series with the Reds.
In 14 home games, all of them were sold out as 565,549 people entered the stadium.
Additional tickets go on sale on May 3rd as 65,000 seats will be opened up in time for the May 29th homestand.
Mark Mulder needs 1 win for career #100.
Albert Pujols needs 5 home runs to tie Mark McGwire at 220.
Jim Edmonds needs 6 home runs to tie Big Mac.