There are few things more satisfying to watch than a well-tuned machine flawlessly performing what it was designed to do.
And that's exactly what the Cardinals are right now. They're setting things up and knocking them down offensively. They're making all the the plays they should on defense -- and some spectacular ones, too. And both the starters and relievers are keeping things efficient and simple. The result: More frustration for the Cubs who roughed up the Pirates to finally get back in the win column after dropping five in a row, but then had to watch the Cardinals beat San Diego 9-2. St. Louis stays 4 1/2 games ahead in the National League Central.
Jose Oquendo congratulates Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright after his 3rd inning homer Friday against the Padres. AP photo.
Matt Holliday and Colby Rasmus each churned out three hits in five at bats to set the pace for the offense. Yadier Molina was 2-for-4 and had his seventh stolen base of the season in the contest. That is not a typo. The slowest man in baseball has swiped seven bags in eight tries this season.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Adam Wainwright was fantastic with seven shutout innings pitched. He scattered eight hits while walking no one and striking out three. Oh, yeah, he also hit a homer to open up the scoring and give the Cardinals a lead they never relinquished. Not a bad night.
Lowlight: Jason Motte was rocked in a mop up ninth inning. Brought it with a 9-0 lead, he gave p a rocket off the left field wall and a home run to center to blow the shutout. Then he gave up another laser to right center that it appeared Rasmus snagged with a nice diving play. But the men in blue thought otherwise and it was ruled to be a hit.