Cardinals vs. Braves
August 22, 2008
Atlanta 3, St. Louis 18
Winning pitcher - Adam Wainwright (7-3)
SV - Joel Pineiro (1)
18 runs on 26 hits and would you believe that not a single hit went over the fence?
August 23, 2008
Atlanta 8, St. Louis 4
Losing pitcher - Kyle McClellan (2-6)
HR: Albert Pujols (27)
August 24, 2008
Atlanta 3, St. Louis 6
Winning pitcher - Braden Looper (12-10)
SV - Chris Perez (5)
STL HR - A. Pujols (28)
St. Louis finished the series against Atlanta with a 73-59 record.
Cardinals vs. Brewers
August 26, 2008
Milwaukee 12, St. Louis 0
Losing pitcher - Todd Wellemeyer (11-5)
August 27, 2008
Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 5
Winning pitcher - Ryan Franklin (5-5)
SV - Chris Perez (6)
HR: Ryan Ludwick (32)
St. Louis split the series against the Brewers, when we needed to sweep, and moves to a 74-60 record.
Cardinals vs. Astros
August 29, 2008
St. Louis 2, Houston 3
Losing pitcher - Russ Springer (2-1)
August 30, 2008
St. Louis 5, Houston 8
Losing pitcher - Braden Looper (12-11)
HR: Rick Ankiel (25), Albert Pujols (29)
August 31, 2008
St. Louis 0, Houston 3
Losing pitcher - Todd Wellemeyer (11-6)
The Cardinals were swept and move to a 74-63 record.
Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks
September 1, 2008
St. Louis 6, Arizona 8
Losing pitcher - Kyle McClellan (2-7)
HR: Felipe Lopez (3), Joe Mather (8), Yadier Molina (6), Albert Pujols (30)
September 2, 2008
St. Louis 8, Arizona 2
Winning pitcher - Adam Wainwright (8-3)
HR: Troy Glaus (22), Felipe Lopez (4), Yadier Molina (7)
September 3, 2008
St. Louis 3, Arizona 4
Losing pitcher - Chris Perez (2-2)
HR: Troy Glaus (23)
The Cards finish the series with a 75-65 record.
It's interesting to note Yadier Molina's statistics this season. Currently, he has a .307 average with 7 home runs, 37 runs, and 55 RBI with a SLG% of .398 and OBP of .350. As for his career statistics, he has career highs in everything but 3B (1 in 2005) and home runs (8 in 2005). He is 4 walks shy of tying his career record of 34 in 2007. Great read by Matt Ritter.
Yadier Molina's defense has spoken for itself throughout his five-year career. This season, however, Molina has proven that there is more to him than just being one of the best defensive catchers in baseball.
Molina owned a .310 batting average entering play Wednesday afternoon, placing him seventh overall in the National League. That's almost unprecedented for someone who owned a career batting average of .248 before this season. In 2006, Molina hit .216, the lowest among all starting catchers in the Majors.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Molina has always had the right approach at the plate, but this season Molina has heeded more advice from a teammate with pretty impressive offensive credentials of his own.
"He's smart enough to listen to Albert," La Russa said, referring to Molina's fellow Dominican teammate, Albert Pujols.