Oh, Cardinals, why is it that when I come to terms with the fact that the season is a lost cause, you have to go out and do something to give me false hope.
The Birds, who couldn't score three runs against the woeful Brewers pitching staff on a consistent basis, on Thursday took the Braves behind the wood shed for an 11-4 thrashing -- after falling behind 3-0 in the first inning.
As has NOT been their way this season, the Cardinals came storming back in the second and scored five runs of their own. With the game tied at three, Skip Schumaker hit a two-run homer that gave St. Louis a lead that it would never surrender.
Skip Schumaker hits a second inning homer Thursday against the Braves to put the Cardinals up 5-3. AP photo.
Adam Wainwright overcame the rough start to put seven straight zeros on the board and secured his 18th win of the season. He allowed seven hits and no walks in eight innings pitched while striking out seven.
Cardinals Star of the Game: I guess a calling out from Albert Pujols is just what it takes to make Colby Rasmus tick. The Cardinals centerfielder was 4-for-4 in the game with a pair of homers.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Skip Schumaker's homer.
Lowlight: In a game with major playoff implications, the home plate umpire ejected Matt Holliday for complaining about a called strike.