It's a script that the Cardinals have followed so many times before. Albert Pujols' spot in the order just seems to come up with the game on the line and he comes through to save the day.
Unfortunately, when Pujols and $120-million clean-up man Matt Holliday's spots in the batting order came up, understudies were playing their roles. The Cardinals superstars were both hitting the showers after manager Tony La Russa called off the dogs down8-2 going into the seventh inning. Rookie outfielder Jon Jay ended up at the plate in Pujols' spot with a runner on and the Redbirds down 10-7.
St. Louis leftfielder Matt Holliday hits a second inning home run Saturday against the Angels. It was Holliday's first homer at Busch Stadium this season and fifth overall. AP photo.
The Cardinals found themselves in a deep hole after Kyle Lohse was bombed... again. He gave up seven hits and three walks that led to six runs in 3 1/3 innings. Usually much better on his home field than away, Lohse left to a cascade of boos. After the game, the Cardinals announced that Lohse suddenly claimed he has been suffering from the same forearm problem that scuttled his 2009 season. He's headed to the doctor becoming the second St. Louis starter in as many days to go down to injury.
The Cardinals loss dropped them to 4-2 on their homestand setting up a make or break Sunday game. Win and they secure an impressive 5-2 run. Lose and they barely break the .500 mark playing on their home turf against mediocre competition.
Cardinals Star of the Game:Matt Holliday hit his first homer at Busch for the season and tacked on a double to show signs of breaking out of his run producing woes.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Brendan Ryan doubled in the ninth to start the Birds ill fated rally. It was his second hit of the game and suddenly Ryan looks a whole lot more comfortable at the dish.
Lowlight:Kyle Lohse fielded a bunt attempt and threw the ball into right field to start the Angels' rally in the third. Anaheim erased the Cardinals lead and never looked back.