A big ol' tip of a Barry Bonds-sized cap to Joel Pineiro who on Tuesday turned in the Cardinals best start of the season... And his personal best in several years.
Pineiro allowed the first batter of the game to get on base. But Alfonso Soriano was picked off by Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina and Pineiro rolled after that. He threw 92 pitches and allowed only one more than the minimum in a complete game shut out that was just what the doctor ordered for a foundering team.
Brendan Ryan returned from the disabled list to give the offense a jolt by getting on base in three of four plate appearances with a hit and two walks. Colby Rasmus homered again to put the game out of reach with a two-run blast. It was the fourth Colby jack in two weeks, not including the one he lost to a rainout on Friday night.
The Brewers beat the Astros, otherwise it would have been a perfect night.
Cardinals Player of the Game: Pineiro 9IP, 3H, 0R, 5K, 0BB
Lowlight: Chris Duncan was 0-3 with two whiffs to fall to .252 for the season.