Jair Jurrjens pitched a great game Friday and deserved to win.
That being said, the only thing worse than home plate umpire Andy Fletcher's strike zone was his nullification of the tying run with a hiddeously bad call at the plate.
Matt Holliday slid around Braves catcher Brian McCann's tag and touched home plate with his hand as he slid past. Fletcher, who seemed to be in excellent position to make the call, said that Holliday was tagged on the elbow and called the Cardinals baserunner out. But it seemed fairly obvious that from his vantage point Fletcher would have seen Holliday's hand physically would have had to reach the plate before McCann could reach his elbow.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday appeared to be safe with what would have been the game tying run in the sixth inning. But the umpire called him out and the Cardinals never recovered. AP photo.
Instead of the game being tied with the go ahead run on third with one out, the Braves got away with a 1-0 win.
While We're on the subject of bad umpiring, replays also showed an Error charged to Albert Pujols that led to Atlanta's only run was a bad call. Pujols was ruled to be off the first base bag when he took the throw. But he was standing right on top of it.
It was the first time in 35 days that the Cubs gained any ground on the Cardinals, moving to 10 1/2 out with a win over Cinicinnati that kept the magic number at 12.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Joel Pineiro pitched great, allowing only one run and that on an error.
Lowlight: Pujols had the first two-error, two strikeout game of his career.