6-2, 1st place.
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A huge, huge victory Monday night over the diamondbacks. The Cardinals played a really sound game and eeked out the 2-1 decision.
Man, I hate to see Doug Davis on the Mound.
Not only is he another lefty who gives the Cardinals fits. But his wait for it, wait for it pitching style drives me up the wall. He is a human rain delay. It is starting to look like the St. Louis batsmen may never see a righty pitcher again.
Todd Wellemeyer did a great job of righting his ship tonight, matching Davis pitch for pitch through seven innings. Apparently, pitching coach Dave Duncan found a flaw in Wellemeyer's delivery and got him straightened out...
Jason LaRue had an unfortunate inning-ending double play in the seventh. But he had two hits earlier in the game and threw out a runner trying to steal secons. A pretty nice job for a backup catcher who hadn't seen any action behind the plate.
What a game-saving play by Brendan Ryan, diving into the outfield to stop a ball, then making a perfect throw to first base to nip former Cardinal Felipe Lopez. Albert Pujols was also great in the field -- besides providing half the offense with a solo homer. He nailed a baserunner by throwing behind him at second early in the game, made some nice snags with his glove and helped pick off a runner at first. Unfortunately the umpire completely blew the call on the last one.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Former Diamondback Brian Barden gets the edge over Pujols with the game winning homer against his former club.
Lowlight: Chris Duncan has done a nice job with the bat this season. But he nearly hurt the Cardinals with his glove in the bottom of the eighth when he allowed a grounder to get past him in left. With two outs, suddenly a single became the equivalent of a double and the tying run was in scoring position. But the bullpen got the birds out of it.