Sometimes a team just needs a big, dominating win to add to their own confidence and to cut into the
obnoxious over confidence of their opponent. That’s what I was hoping for tonight in game two at Miller Park.
Ask and ye shall receive!
The Cardinals, facing Shaun Marcum, got it going early with a much-needed Albert Pujols two-run homer, and the Brew Crew couldn’t ever stop the bleeding.
Albert had a 4-for-5 night, and was responsible for 5 of the 12 (yes, 12!) runs batted in. But he wasn’t alone.
Jay, Pujols, Holliday, Berkman, Molina, Freese and Jackson all scored, while piling up 17 hits. Nine different Cardinals knocked hits against the Milwaukee pitching staff, backing Edwin Jackson who wasn’t quite at his best.
In his defense, he seemed to be on a shorter leash than normal, perhaps because of how La Russa got burned by leaving Garcia in last night. But his 4.1 innings was enough. The bullpen held serve and, in fact, Lance Lynn — on the roster after spending time on the disabled list — came in with the bases loaded and one out, threw one pitch and got Rickie Weeks to ground into a double play. (Now, it was a questionable call, but not the first of the night. It just happened to work for the Redbirds instead of against them.)
Oh, and Lynn’s one-pitch outing earned a win.
We’ve been waiting on a big Albert Pujols game. Check.
We’ve needed to see how the bullpen would handle the offense from the Brew Crew. Check.
And we really wanted to silence the “beast mode” with some beastliness of our own. Um, check and check.
We may have even found a motion to combat the beast gesture. I’m not entirely sure what it was, but Yadier Molina pulled it off more than once. It seemed to me that he was mimicking a baby rubbing its crying eyes. Cry babies? Interesting comeback. But whatever provided that inspiration or determination to beat the Crew at home, I’ll take it!
Tonight’s 12-3 win extends the getaway day streak and ensures one more “happy flight” back to St. Louis.
Check back with Aaron Miles’ Fastball in the morning for all the glorious details and highlights from tonight’s win.