7-3, First place
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A win is a win. But the feeling that no lead is safe is starting to creep back into my Cardinals baseball watching experience. And I don't care for it very much.
It has to be demoralizing for the position players to put up a five in the top of the third inning only to see Joel Pineiro surrender four back in the bottom of the same inning. And it can't be much better to see the bullpen poorly time its combinations of walks and homers.
Chris Perez made his return to the big leagues in effort to reclaim his place as heir to the Cardinals closer's chair. He was sloppy but effective in two innings pitched.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Yadier Molina was 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, a run scored and an RBI, further proving what an all-around force he has become for the Cardinals. I might have considered Ryan Ludwick and his 2-for-5 day with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. But he isn't even a fulltime player anymore.
Lowlight: Khalil Greene was 0-for-6 and stranded six runners on base.