It certainly wasn't pretty. But the Cardinals were able on Sunday to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Reds by overcoming a ninth inning choke.
Ryan Franklin surrendered a pair of solo homers in the Reds ninth to blow a two-run lead. To add insult to injury, Cincy was out of position players, so the second and gamy tying homer came at the hands of a pinch hitting pitcher. Nice.
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It was a back and forth affair with the Cardinals trying to pull away in the third and seventh innings only to see the Redlegs coming storming back...
Cardinals Star of the Game: Chris Duncan was 2-for-5 with three RBIs to raise his season batting average to .288 and keying the third and seventh inning rallies. Albert Pujols was 1-for-3 on a homer to break an 0-for-11 streak.
Lowlight: Ryan Ludwick was 0-for-4 as his batting average dwindled to .267 for the season. As Ludwick has slumped, Pujols is seeing fewer and fewer pitches to hit and the offense has suffered quite a bit.