The Redbird Report 07/16

In his last two starts, both wins, Wainwright has given up only two runs over 14 innings.

First baseman Albert Pujols, who entered the series homerless in 21 straight games, pounded two more homers Sunday, giving him four for the series and 20 for the season.

The Cardinals failed to lead in any of 18 innings in the first two games of a weekend series in Philadelphia.

After scoring two runs in the second inning Sunday, keyed by doubles from third baseman Scott Rolen and second baseman Adam Kennedy and a run-scoring single by right-hander Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals exploded for a season-high six homers.

Left fielder Chris Duncan hit his 17th homer, right fielder Juan Encarnacion and pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick each belted his seventh and Kennedy connected for his first.

Right-hander Adam Wainwright didn't really need all this largesse, though. Wainwright, who has been erratic in his first season as a big-league starter, is starting to show the consistency to match his stuff. Keeping the Phillies off balance with a couple of different breaking balls, Wainwright blanked the Phils on six hits for seven innings, especially bearing down with men in scoring position. Wainwright held the Phillies hitless in 10 at-bats with runners either at second or third.

CARDINALS 10, PHILLIES 2: Adam Wainwright was the only pitcher in a three-game series in Philadelphia to go past the fifth inning. By going seven innings, Wainwright exceeded the total by Kip Wells (one) and Mike Maroth (five), who lost the first two games. The Cardinals hit six homers, five of them solo shots, and Albert Pujols had a single to go with his two homers.


--INF Scott Spiezio, who missed time a couple of weeks ago with an infected finger, has had some more swelling in the finger and he has been placed on the disabled list.

--INF Aaron Miles rested after going 1-for-25 and also committing four errors in a four-game span.

--RHP Chris Carpenter, who has been rehabbing after May elbow surgery, will be examined on Monday after experiencing swelling and stiffness in the elbow area after the second of his rehabilitation starts.

--CF Skip Schumaker was 2-for-5 in a start, giving him 11 hits in his last 17 at-bats.

--INF Brendan Ryan, who was optioned to Class AAA Memphis, was recalled two days later when Spiezio went on the disabled list.

BY THE NUMBERS: 77 -- Number of homerless at-bats before 1B Albert Pujols before he connected on July 13 in Philadelphia.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This year's team is a completely different club." -- Scott Rolen, talking about the uneven first-half performance of the defending world champions.

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