The starting pitching wasn't much better Wednesday. But it was good enough.
On the bright side, Mitchell Boggs, held the Pirates to two runs. But the bad part was that he couldn't even make it the five inning minimum needed to qualify for the victory... That meant the bullpen was burned up again... Chris Carpenter, please come home soon.
Boggs' biggest sin was issuing free passes. He walked six, and when the Cardinals took a 4-1 lead after a Chris Duncan triple in the bottom of the fourth, he got himself pulled when he started giving the Buckos a chance to get right back in the game by putting runners on base without a fight.
While the bullpen had to pitch an unacceptable 5 1/3 innings, at least it gave manager Tony La Russa the reward. It allowed only one hit and no runs to secure the 4-2 win. Now officially the closer, Ryan Franklin notched his 8th save.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Albert Pujols was 4-for-4 to raise his batting average to .364 with his 11th home run and 31st RBI, starting the triple crown talk.
Lowlight: Trever Miller continues to be an unreliable option for manager Tony La Russa. He came in to relieve Boggs and could only manage a third of an inning pitched with a walk before he had to be pulled. Miller's 4.70 ERA is far too high for a lefty specialist, giving up more than a run every other inning he pitches.