Wednesday night's performance by Joel Pineiro was the best start I can remember him making in a Cardinals uniform.
It wasn't flashy, but he hurled eight innings, allowing six hits and two runs. He put the ball on the ground over and over and gave the bullpen a much needed break. But I can't remember the last time I saw a pitcher throw so many innings and not get a single strike out. It doesn't matter to me. A win is a win. But somebody has to whiff once, right?
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On the day he helped the Cardinals kick off their All-Star Game festivities, Albert Pujols paced the Redbird offense with a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly to drive in two runs. Colby Rasmus was also 2-for-3 at the plate.
Maybe Chris Duncan should take a couple of steps in the wrong direction every time he chases a fly ball. He made a pair of nice running catches in the left field corner Wednesday night. It seems like the only time he drops the ball is when he is standing still while waiting for it to come down.
It's great to see the Cardinals take the first two from the Mets. Not only did they improve to 7-2 at home, but the Cubs got beat by the Reds to give the Birds sole possession of first place.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Pineiro not only pitched well, he gave the Mets a bit of a baserunning clinic with a nifty turn of third base and slide under the tag at the plate.
Lowlight: A day after he collected three hits, Rick Ankiel looked lost at the plate again in an 0-for-4 night.