Cardinals Home Run Derby And Hit Parade

Another winner, 11-2

Yes, the hits just keep coming for the Cardinals. Tonight they had 19 — a new season high — as they beat the Dodgers 11-2.

The biggest blasts of the night came, once again, from Lance Berkman and, in a nice change, from Albert Pujols. Each had two home runs. LB led off the second and fourth innings by going yard for the fifth and sixth times. Albert’s in the fifth and the seventh innings were his third and fourth homers of the year.

Then there was the pitching. Kyle Lohse had another terrific start, going 7 1/3 innings and giving up 6 hits, 2 earned runs, walking 1 and striking out 6. Very nice to see!

What else happened in the game?

Good

  • LB is on fire during this road trip, having hit all six homers in the last two series. It was another big night for the #LBFanClub on Twitter as well. And he was even a Twitter trending topic for a while tonight after his second homer — guess our fan club’s reach is growing! He showed off some decent defense tonight too, including a nice running catch of a foul ball.
  • Albert too is turning it on offensively. His average keeps climbing, up to .242 now. (Remember when it was .143 a few days ago?)
  • Speaking of climbing averages, Yadi had a huge night — 4 for 4 — and watched his average soar all the way to .268.
  • Colby Rasmus and David Freese had three hits each, with all three of Colby’s doubles.
  • For the first time this season, the Cardinals have a .500 record at 7-7.

Bad

  • Only one starter didn’t have a hit (and it wasn’t Lohse, who singled in the eighth ). Skip Schumaker was 0 for 4 on the night, although he did get an RBI on a bases-loaded walk in his final at-bat.

Ugly

  • Hmmm, nothing.

Miles Watch

  • Aaron Miles once again pinch-hit for the Dodgers, becoming one of Lohse’s strikeout victims in the seventh inning. He played second base after that.

And, as Miranda wrote about earlier, today was Jackie Robinson Day to mark the anniversary of his first Major League game. In closing tonight, some words from Mr. Robinson himself.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
Jackie Robinson

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