The Cardinals needed a boost Sunday after loosing a slow motion heartbreaker Saturday afternoon... and evening... to the Mets at Busch Stadium.
So starting pitcher Adam Wainwright went out and threw a four-hit complete game to help the Cardinals win their fourth-consecutive series by a 5-3 decision over New York to start the 2010 season with a 9-3 record. The bullpen got a much needed rest as the Birds head to Arizona and San Francisco for a pair of tough series.
Cardinals rightfielder Ryan Ludwick congratulates centerfielder Colby Rasmus Sunday night after Rasmus hit a three-run homer against the Mets. (AP photo)
Wainwright gave up only three runs -- and only two of them were earned. All were scored in the second inning after a walk, a couple of flair hits and a throwing error were bunched together. But after that, Wainwright racked up the ground balls and the strikeouts.
The Redbirds looked like they were going to have trouble scoring again when Ryan Ludwick got on in the first and then was thrown out on a play at the plate. Then in the second the Cardinals stranded runners on first and third, in the third they stranded them on first and second and in the fourth they stranded runners on first and second.
In the fifth, they got a leadoff walk from Ryan Ludwick followed by an Albert Pujols pop up. Matt Holliday singled Ludwick to second and then Colby Rasmus broke the logjam with a line drive home run to right field to tie the game at three.
In the bottom of the eighth, Wainwright started the winning rally himself with a one out double. Felipe Lopez, pinch hitting for Skip Schumaker, struck out. But with two away, Ryan Ludwick homered into the corner of the visitors bullpen to give the birds a 5-3 advantage and Wainwright put the Mets away with no trouble in the top of the ninth.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright
Cardinals Play of the Game: Rasmus' three-run homer in the fifth to tie the game at three and pick the St. Louis offense up off the floor.
Lowlight: Sitting in front of a Mets fan in the bleachers who yelled "That's a can of corn" every time the ball was put in the air and on three seperate occasions yelled "sit down" when Cardinals hitters swung and missed a pitch for strike two. Don't know how they play in New York. But in St. Louis the hitters still get three strikes. Learn the rules pal, or at least learn to count to three.