There was a lot of ugly in this loss. But one fact remains the same. The Cardinals are quite good with a 16-9 record and it’s only May. No sweep? No problem!
Here’s a few things from the game I would like to discuss:
* When did Erik Bedard become a good pitcher? Bedard pitched five innings for the Pirates. He gave up five hits and two runs. But get this … the guy struck out 11 batters, even striking out 7 consecutive batters at one point. Granted, there were a lot of young players in the line up for the Cardinals. A lot of young players that like to first-pitch-swing.
* It’s good to have Allen Craig back. He had two doubles and two RBI in today’s game. Not bad. He’s doing a good job at first base, giving Matt Carpenter a break from his hard work last month. The duo will see significant playing time as the team awaits Lance Berkman’s return from the disabled list from a calf injury.
* David Freese had a double in today’s game to score Rafael Furcal. He is also getting a little more comfortable playing third base. He’s helping turn some nice double plays. Sure he’s still had some flubs, but his catch in foul territory which almost landed him head first in the Pirates dug out was quite awesome.
* Jake Westbrook started off quite well but did earn his second loss of the season. He gave up nine hits and four runs, including a two-run shot from Pedro Alvarez. He was able to strike out four. Jake still has good games and really bad games. Hopefully this is something that improves. Hopefully.
The Cardinals are on their way to Houston to play the Astros this weekend. Kyle Lohse takes the mound tomorrow night against Lucas Harrell. Maybe a sweep will be in the Cards this weekend! Let’s get that done guys!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter at Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.