The Cardinals offense still isn't doing a darn thing. But that didn't stop Brad Penny from bringing home his third win in the month of April.
All it took was 7 2/3 shut out innings from the starter -- and some help from Jason Motte and Ryan Franklin out of the bullpen -- to squeak out a 2-0 victory and to salvage one game out of the three-game set. It was the first series loss for St. Louis this season, but the victory at least allowed the Redbirds to come home 3-3 for their tough western road trip.
Another encouraging note: Albert Pujols, who came into the game in the midst of a nasty slump, busted out with a 3-for-4 day including a first inning homer that gave the Cardinals a lead that they never surrendered. Colby Rasmus and David Freese each had two hits to account for seven of the Birds' nine safeties.
Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his first inning homer,
his seventh of the season. AP photo.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Penny lowered his ERA to 0.94 for the season and his walks and he's now allowing 0.98 runners on base per inning pitched. He gave up eight hits and no walks in his 7 2/3 frames.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' first inning longball.
Lowlight: The one at bat where Albert didn't get a hit came with two on and none out. He hit into a double play that pulled the rug out from under the Redbirds' chances to bust the game open.