I'm sure glad that the Cardinals were able to score a run in extra innings because I would have hated to have to go through with all the things I swore I would do if they blew a six-run lead to the Mets.
Let me start off by saying that his teammates owe Jaime Garcia a big, fat apology. He deserved his 10th win. But, after staking him to a six-run lead after half an innings, the batters took the better part of the rest of the night off and were out-scored 6-1 through regulation. And then there are the relievers. Mitchell Boggs managed to turn a four-run lead to the tying runner at the plate. Then Denny's Reyes came in to face a pair of rookie lefties. He walked the first one on four pitches then gave up the game tying hit to the next.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols strokes a single in the 13th inning Wednesday against the Mets. The single drove in the eventual game winning run. AP photo.
Albert Pujols, who has struggled terribly lately, got three hits on the night -- including the winner with two outs in the 13th inning. His batting average is back up to .298. But Pujols did something tonight he's never done before: He made two outs in the first inning, the first time in his career he made two outs in a single frame.
Matt Holliday was 2-for-6 with a homer and three runs batted in for the game. Jon Jay was 3-for-6.
Garcia pitched six innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks. It wasn't his best game. But he pitched well enough to win -- and the Cardinals hitters owed him a cushion after losing a couple of gems he threw earlier in the season. Boggs threw 1 1/3 innings and allowed three hits and four earned runs. Reyes allowed a hit and a walk while getting no one out to get a blown save. The newest Cardinal, journeyman pitcher Mike MacDougal, threw a perfect inning for the win and Ryan Franklin breezed through an inning for the save.
The win allowed the Birds to stay in a first place tie with Cincinnati. The Reds pummeled Milwaukee earlier in the day.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Pujols.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' 13th inning, two-out single that turned out to be the game winner.
Lowlight: The Cardinals bullpen and its unfortunate date with the bottom of the eighth inning.