It would have been nice to sweep Oakland and end the homestand with a 5-1 record to wash away the memories of the 1-5 west coast trip the Cardinals just completed.
But at least the Jeff Suppan experiment took another positive step as the Cardinals took a game started by their weakest spot in the rotation to the wire against one of the best starters in the American League. They were in the game until the bottom of the ninth, but lost 3-2 when they were unable to rally.
Funny how quickly things can change. A week ago Matt Holliday was a drag on the offense. In the Oakland series -- and especially on Sunday -- he WAS the offense. Holliday cracked a pair of solo homers Sunday, his fourth of the series, and his pair of RBI's gave him eight for the three-game set in which he was 7-for-12 at the plate.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday rounds the bases Sunday following the first of his two solo home runs. AP photo.
Trevor Cahill, who started the game for Oakland, held the Cardinals to four hits over six innings but left in a 2-2 tie thanks to 4 2/3 innings with two-runs surrendered by Suppan. A trio of A's starters held the Birds to one hit over the last three innings while Blake Hawksworth took the loss with a run allowed on three hits and a walk over 2 1/3 innings.
Going to the Cardinals game of Fathers Day always reminds me of seeing Darryl Kile play with his kids in the father-kids game on Fathers Day 2002. A few days later, he was gone. It still takes the wind out of me to think about that.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Matt Holliday.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Colby Rasmus made a headlong dive to catch a ball for the third out in the third inning with a runner on second base.
Lowlight: With runners on first and third in the bottom of the eight and Albert Pujols at the plate, the Cardinals were unable to score the tying run when Pujols flied out to left.