The Cardinals had their "B" lineup in the game, with SS David Eckstein on the bench with a sore back, 3B Scott Rolen suffering from concusion type symptoms, andChris Duncan sitting down against left-hander Colorado starter Jeff Francis.
So Taguchi had the only hard hit ball on the day with his first home run of the season to pull the Cardinals within four runs of Colorado and that would be as close as St. Louis could get.
Kip wells lost his league leading ninth game of the season. In 6.1 innings Wells gave up 11 hits which led to six runs, five of them earned. He walked a batter and struck out three but gave up two home runs in yet another rough outing.
MV3 REVISITED: On a positive note, Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds have combined to go 23-for-55 (.418) with 10 runs, three home runs and nine RBI during the just completed six game homestand.
RIB EYES: Edmonds had driven in a run in five games, a team season high, until ending it yesterday with a pinch-hit groundout...it was Jim's 9th time having an RBI streak of five-or-more games as a Cardinal and first since July 4-8 of last season…his career-high RBI streak is seven games, done twice, last from July 26 – August 3, 2004.