I guess I should be happy with the 2-1 series win. But if the Cardinals could manage to execute the simplest of offensive plays, they would have completed the sweep and pocketed an important game before a tough upcoming west cost roadtrip.
The Birds continue to be severely challenged at pulling off the sacrifice fly. In the sixth with the tying run at third base and one out, the Cardinals pinch hit for Aaron Miles with Skip Schumaker. Skippy fouled off several pitches and worked the count to 3-2 before whiffing on ball four and stranding the runner at third. David Freese came off the bench to bat with two outs and grounded to short.
Albert Pujols homers Sunday against Milwaukee. AP photo.
The lost run would have been the difference. Newest Redbird Randy Winn tied the game on a sacrifice in the bottom of the eighth -- apparently no one told him the Cardinals don't do that. But it should have been the winner...
Jaime Garcia started the game off poorly, allowing hits to the first three Milwaukee batters. He got a slow grounder to third that Felipe Lopez botched when he apparently took his eye off the ball to see if he could get the runner at the plate and ended up retiring no one. After a sacrifice fly made the score 2-0, the defense picked up Garcia. Corey Hart smoked a line drive to the right side of the infield that Albert Pujols snagged and threw to shortstop Brendan Ryan for a double play.
Garcia only allowed one more run in six innings, a solo homer. He finished with eight hits and two earned runs allowed with two walks and four strikeouts.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Colby Rasmus was 1-for-2 with a homer before leaving the game with tightness in his calf.
Cardinas Play of the Game: Pujols hit his 14th homer of the season and his third of the year at Busch Stadium.
Lowlight: Schumaker's missed opportunity to sacrifice.