The Cardinals won a real battle Thursday in enemy territory. And, while it is far too early to think of a game as a must win, it sure is a relief to get the first of a four-game set under the old red belt.
The Birds have their work cut out for them Friday with a rookie on the hill in an offense friendly baseball park, so it's nice to draw first blood.
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Adam Wainwright wasn't great. But he was good enough with contributions coming from several different sources.'
Cardinals Star of the Game: Chris Duncan was 3-for-4 with three RBIs to more than make up for the botched fly ball in the outfield. Still, can't the Redbirds get Larry Walker back here to help him clean up the glove work.
Lowlight: Ryan Ludwick stranded four runners on base. And that's not the kind of production you want to see from the guy protecting Albert Pujols in the batting order. He would have had a fifth stranded runner if he didn't get extremely lucky with a squibber back to the pitcher in the first inning that scored a runner from third.