The good news for Jeff Suppan is that, on the last day of July, he finally got his first win of the season.
The bad news is that the Cardinals traded for Jake Westbrook earlier in the day... And the Redbirds have something of a reputation for treating their heros rudely this season. Just ask catcher Bryan Anderson who got a hit to win a ballgame and then was informed in the clubhouse after the game that he had been demoted or Ryan Ludwick who started the winning rally on Friday only to be shipped off to the Padres on Saturday.
Suppan pitched 5 1/3 innings Saturday night against the Pirates, allowing no runs on five hits and no walks while fanning five.
Matt Holliday runs to first Saturday night after his mighty cut drove the ball a good 2 1/2 feet. Holliday was 1-for-4 with a double (this wasn't it.) AP photo.
Who can figure out the Cardinals? They score one run in their two previous games -- combined -- and that includes an extra inning. Then they trade one of their best offensive players away and put up double figures in an 11-1 victory.
The Birds scored single runs in second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to build a lead. Then they broke it open in the seventh and eighth inning.
A victim of a lack of offense in previous starts, Suppan took things into his own hands, driving home the first two runs. Albert Pujols, who was pulling the ball like crazy, decided to try the opposite field and hit a solo blast to make it 3-0 St. Louis. Brendan Ryan hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
It didn't go un-noticed that Jon Jay, who has been on fire for a month, went 0-for-4 Saturday. It's one thing when he's fighting to be noticed and another entirely when he is basically given a major league job and has to try not to lose it. I hope the pressure isn't too much too soon.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Colby Rasmus was 2-for-4 with a homer, three runs and three RBIs. He also drew a walk.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' homer, part of a 3-for-5 night, put him back at the .300 mark. Unfortunately he fell back to .299 for his next at bat.
Lowlight: In the third inning, Felipe Lopez was all but picked off of first but the first baseman missed an easy tag to give him new life. Then he took off on a fly ball and barely made it back to first after the ball was caught to give him new life. Then he got picked off of first. How many wake up calls do you need, dude? The Cardinals' baserunning is just awful. Can't Vince Coleman talk to the boys since he's in town for all the Whitey Herzog stuff?