Yesterday people were wondering aloud if Albert Pujols game winning homer was a sign that the big guy is finally hitting on all cylinders.
On Sunday they got confirmation -- and then some. For the second day in a row Pujols hit a ball over the boards in extra innings to give the Birds a win. The 3-2 victory gave the Cardinals a three-game sweep over their alleged rivals from Chicago.
Carlos Zambrano, who has historically had the Redbirds' number, was staked to a 2-0 against Chris Carpenter. But the Birds scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead in half and Zambrano gave way to the bullpen as Carpenter gutted out a tough nine innings.
Carlos Marmol had two outs in the bottom of the ninth and two strikes on Ryan Theriot who doubled home Tony Cruz to tie the score at two. The hit extended Theriot's hitting streak to 19 games.
Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless top of the 10th to set the stage for Pujols who led of the bottom half of the frame with a no doubter into the left centerfield stands.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Saturday marked only the second time Pujols was named Star of the Game. Today he was the only Cardinals hitter to collect two hits and he won the game with a homer. Let's make it three.
Play of the Game: Pujols' homer.
Lowlight: I'm disappointed the offense failed to get Carp, who threw nine innings with seven hits and two runs allowed, a couple of crooked numbers to give him a win. Carp struck out six and walked two while lowering his ERA to 4.25.