They still aren't scoring many runs. But the Cardinals have the pitching perking again and suddenly are back on a winning streak.
First Joel Pineiro dominates on Tuesday, then Chris Carpenter comes back with a bang on Wednesday.
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On a pitch count after more than a month off, Carp hurled five innings and allowed no runs on three hits. He struck out four and walked two. His breaking stuff was spectacular and the Cardinals ace obviously was in total control of the game.
Carp was yanked for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth, but the Cardinals were able to make their mediocre offense start stand up with a 2-1 win. Major credit for that goes to Kyle McClellan who through two quiet innings to carry the short start to the back of the bullpen.
The Meltdown against Milwaukee would all but be forgotten if the Birds can manage to finish a sweep of the Cubs on Thursday.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter with a nod to Chris Duncan and Albert Pujols who were each 2-for-3 at the plate.
Lowlight: Yadi Molina has struggled since being placed in the cleanup spot. He was 0-3 to fall to .285 on the season and stranded three runners on base in addition to hitting into an inning ending double play.