July 29, 2008

Pujols goes deep again, Cards pounce on Braves

Todd Wellemeyer struggled and battled for six innings, during which time the Cardinals fought in a one run game for five. And for the sixth and seventh innings, they fought in a tied game, Ryan Franklin relieving from the latter, and extending on through the eighth.

Brendan Ryan got the Cards on the board first with an RBI single in the second inning, bringing home Yadier Molina.

The Braves' starter, a last minute insertion, Jorge Campillo, didn't give the Cards much. He would baffle the Cards most of the time with more off-speed than fast balls. He also got to work with a lead, although a slim one, when the Braves put together a two-run third inning, taking the lead at 2-1.

Campillo, would work longer than Wellemeyer by an inning, going seven complete. Both Wellemeyer and Campillo walked one and struck out five. Wellemeyer threw 98 pitches while Campillo tossed 100.

Before Campillo was through, however, he would give a home to Albert Pujols, who has hit a home run in three out of his last four games.

The 2-all game found Franklin pitching when the Cards took the lead in the eighth, Pujols working is way around the base in phases, getting on with a double into the right field corner, then stealing third base, and able to scrambled to his feet when an errant throw zipped into left field, dashing home with the lead run at 3-2.

A five-run ninth all but sealed the fate of Bobby Cox's Braves, an inning that got away from reliever Mike Gonzalez before he knew it.

Cesar Izturis singled home Ryan for the fourth Cardinals' run. Nick Stavinoha hit a sacrifice, Aaron Miles tagging up at third and scoring. When Troy Gluas walked with the bases loaded, forcing home Izturis, Cox replaced Gonzalez with reliever Blaine Boyer.

Molina would hit a two-RBI single off of Boyer, Pujols and Ryan Ludwick scoring, bring the Cards into a commanding lead at 8-3.

Instead of using Jason Isringhausen in his return to the closer's role, Cards' manager Tony La Russa brought in Kyle McClellan due to the big lead.

Franklin would obtain the victory, improved to 4-4. Rafael Soriano would take his first loss, now 0-1.
  • Yadier Molina went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs.
  • Pujols went 2-for-4, scoring three runs and collecting one RBI.
  • Ryan went 2-for-5, scoring a run and recording one RBI.
  • Cesar Izturis went 1-for-4, scoring one run and getting credit for one RBI.
  • Ludwick went 1-for-4, scoring a run.

photo by Barbara Moore