The Cardinals seemed to be able to do nothing right Monday night against the Diamondbacks. On Tuesday they could do no wrong.
St. Louis hitters pounded out eight runs on 13 hits while shutting out Arizona to reclaim first place in the National League Central.
On the day that a signature drive was held to encourage President Barrack Obama to give Stan Musial the Medal of Freedom, Albert Pujols hit a pair of home runs to tie The Man for most multi-homer games at 37. Felipe Lopez had four hits in five at bats to score three runs in his first game as the regular third baseman in place of disabled list resident David Freese.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols connects for his first of two homers Tuesday against Arizona. AP photo.
Dontrelle Willis started the game for the Diamondbacks and had big problems finding the strike zone. He walked six in four innings pitched while allowing seven hits. But he really got off easy considering the fact that only one of the Cardinals he walked actually scored. He kept things close, down only 2-0 at the start of the fourth when things started to come apart.
Adam Wainwright countered for the Cardinals and pitched 6 1/3 innings with five hits, three walks and no runs allowed. His best moment came in the fifth inning when he allowed a walk and a couple of scratch hits to load the bases with no one out. Wainwright struck out Willis then got Kelly Johnson to hit a grounder to Pujols at first who threw the ball to the plate for the out. Tony Abreu hit a soft liner to short to end the threat without allowing a run.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Pujols' 3-for-4 night raised his batting average to .312 for the season.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' first home run was all the scoring the Cardinals needed.
Lowlight: Yadier Molina continues to struggle with an 0-for-5 night. He stranded five runners on base.