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Cards Complete 4-Game Sweep of San Diego

The Cardinals could not have started off the season’s second half in a better fashion. St. Louis took 4 straight games from the San Diego Padres while Houston helped out the Redbirds by taking 2 of 3 from the Cubs. While the pitching wasn’t particularly superb, the offense compiled 30 runs throughout the series to make up for it.

St. Louis Cardinals hats & merchandiseFour solo shots off the bats of the Cardinals would steal the headlines in the first game post All-Star break. Rick Ankiel and Joe Mather would homer while Troy Glaus added a pair of his own as Kyle Lohse collected his 12th victory of the year. Ryan Franklin would give up one run in the 9th before earning his 13th save in a 4-3 win at Busch.

The Redbirds hopped all over Greg Maddux from the start of Friday’s game and never looked back. Rick Ankiel homered for the 2nd consecutive day while All-Star Ryan Ludwick belted his 22nd homer of the year, the same number as Ankiel. Ankiel would go 3-5 on the day and raised his average to .278 on the year. Braden Looper had a rough outing giving up 6 earned runs in just 3 innings of work but was let off the hook by the Cardinal offense and bullpen. The Redbirds would win this one 11-7.

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St. Louis looked to take the series on Saturday as Todd Wellemeyer squared off against Randy Wolf. The Padres took a 5-0 lead in the 2 nd inning after Edgar Gonzalez blasted a 2-2 fastball over the wall off of Wellemeyer. The Cardinals would score 6 unanswered runs the rest of the way lead by a 4 RBI game by Albert Pujols.

The Cardinals had a chance to sweep on Sunday in St. Louis as Jamie Garcia got the ball for his first major league start. The Padres took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 8 th when Troy Glaus homered for the 2nd time in the series and the 18th time on the year to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead. The lead didn’t last long as Jason Isringhausen blew the save opportunity in the 9th. This gave the Cardinal fans a chance to see some firework in extras. With the bases juiced in the 10 th an unexpected power source, Aaron Miles, left no doubt hitting a walk-off grand slam over the right field wall for his 3 rd dinger of the year.

The Cardinals now sit just 2 games back of the Cubs and have a real chance to not only take the lead in the division but to put some ground in between themselves and the Brewers. Milwaukee comes in to St. Louis for another 4-game series for the Redbirds. The Brewers are just 1 game back of the Cardinals for 2 nd place in the Central. Joel Pineiro (3-4) will go tonight for the Redbirds and Seth McClung (5-5) will take the mound for Milwaukee. Kyle Lohse (12-2) will face off against ex-Cardinal fan favorite Jeff Suppan (5-6) in game 2. The Cardinals will get their first look at recently acquired C.C. Sabathia (9-8) as he faces Braden Looper (9-7) in the 3 rd game of the series. Todd Wellemeyer (8-4) will have to deal with Brewers’ ace Ben Sheets (10-3) in the series finale.

 

 

By Zack Estes
St. Louis Cardinals Correspondent


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