The St. Louis Cardinals (71-63) finally got the big hit they had been searching for on a three-run homer to center off the bat of LF Matt Holliday in the bottom of the 6th to give the Cards a 4-2 win Sunday against the division leading Cincinnati Reds (79-57) Sunday afternoon.
St. Louis didn’t get the weekend sweep they were hoping for, but it’s a positive series for the Redbirds looking to build some kind of momentum down the stretch. The Cardinals are currently 7 GB of Cincinnati in the NL Central and 5.5 GB of Philadelphia in the NL Wild Card. Philadelphia lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Sunday so the Cards gained ground in both races.
Starting Pitcher Chris Carpenter’s performance was a dominant one, recording a season-high 11 K’s against the Cincinnati Reds’ high-scoring offense. His only blemish was in the fifth inning when SS Orlando Cabrera doubled to left, scoring Drew Stubbs and Brandon Phillips. Carpenter is 10-0 against Cincinnati in his last ten starts dating back to 2006, and improved his record to 15-5.
Chris Carpenter’s line on Sunday.
The Card’s offense answered for a run in the fifth when Colby Rasmus came around to score after a leadoff double on a Pedro Feliz groundout.
The big hit came in the sixth after Dusty Baker elected to intentionally walk Albert Pujols to face Matt Holliday with two on and two out. Homer Bailey made a mistake and Holliday didn’t miss it. His 25th HR and RBIs 85, 86, and 87 gave the Cardinals a 4-2 lead and they never looked back.
Closer Ryan Franklin came on for a 1-2-3 ninth and his 24th save. St. Louis looks to take some momentum to Milwaukee to face the Brewers on Monday, 1:05 PM is the first pitch.