First, let me say that I'm not going to pretend it's a mega bid deal that the Cardinals beat the Cubs on Sept. 26 when the Wee Bears are out of contention and the Redbirds are on the cusp of being eliminated.
If I celebrated a meaningless win like it was the World Series, Super Bowl and Mardi Gras all rolled into one, that would pretty much make me a Cubs fan, wouldn't it?
Still, a win is a win. Even if it is hideously ugly.
The Birds busted out to an 8-0 lead against Chicago at Wrigley Field and Jake Westbrook pitched a no hitter through four innings. But in the fifth he gave up four runs and by one out into the sixth inning, he was gone. It was Westbrook's third win in a St. Louis uniform. But 5 1/3 innings pitched, five hits, four walks and five earned runs allowed isn't really something to write home about.
The Cubs nibbled away at the lead from there, scoring a pair of runs to make it 8-7 after seven innings. But Ryan Franklin came in with one out in the eight and got himself into trouble with a walk and a wild pitch before settling down and closing out the game without eliminating.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Allen Craig was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' homer was of the three-run variety and was his 42nd of the season.
Lowlight: Colby Rasmus continues to impress with his poor fundamental play. He played a line drive single into center into a three-base hit when he played the ball off to the side and it rolled all the way to the centerfield wall.