The Cards took care of Pittsburgh today beating them 7-2. As I said in an earlier posting during the game, Pujols took care of the lead in the bottom of the first when he smashed a 0-1 pitch to deep left field with his NL-leading 12th home run of the season. Pujols can tie the NL record for April with his next home run.
In the second inning, second baseman Hector Luna singles to center, scoring right fielder Juan Encarnacion and advancing catcher Yadier Molina to second. So Taguchi singles to right field and brings home Molina. Luna advances to third. Finally, David Eckstein sacrifices to the pitcher and brings home Luna. So goes to second.
In the fifth, Albert "the Great" Pujols doubles and Jim Edmonds scores. Luna singles scoring Pujols and advancing Juan Encarnacion. So singles to right, scoring Juan, and advances Luna to third.
Chris Carpenter went 6 innings, striking out only 3, and gave up eight hits and two earned runs. His season ERA is now 1.91. Rookie pitcher Adam Wainwright, coming out of the pen, pitched a solid inning, striking out two and lowering his ERA to 0.91 on the season. Josh Hancock pitched the final two innings, fanning two and giving up two hits.
What does this mean to you? Juan Encarnacion is not as bad as originally thought. He just had a bad start to the season.