The Cardinals Major League Notebook 07/21

A four-game series sweep is improbable enough but the way the Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres Sunday nearly defied logic.

Aaron Miles, who had two homers this season and 14 for his five-season career, clubbed a walk-off grand slam with one out and the score tied in the ninth.

"Fantasy Island," said manager Tony La Russa.

"He is a tough competitor. The situation didn't scare him. Evidently."

The Cardinals' fifth straight win sent them 14 games over .500 for the first time this season and completed their first four-game sweep of the Padres since July, 1990.

"We did what we've been doing every day for into our fourth job—just gut it out," La Russa.

The Cardinals erased a 3-2 San Diego lead on Troy Glaus' eighth-inning, three-run homer—his fifth home run in six games.

Now, the Cardinals prepare for a four-game series in St. Louis with the Milwaukee Brewers, who are just one game behind the Cardinals and three back of first-place Chicago in the National League Central Division.

Cardinals 9, Padres 5: Coming from behind for the fourth time in the four-game series, the Cardinals finished their season's business with the San Diego Padres with their fourth straight victory in the series. Aaron Miles hit the 10th walk-off grand slam in history, solving Mark Corey, after San Diego had walked two men intentionally to get to him in the ninth. Troy Glaus had hit a three-run homer the inning before as he extended his hitting streak to nine games (.528, 19-for-36).

Notes, Quotes

• Although rookie LHP Jaime Garcia pitched creditably for five innings Sunday, especially after allowing a leadoff home run, the Cardinals probably will make another roster change involving him before Monday's start of a showdown four-game series here with the Milwauke Brewers. The most likely pitcher to be recalled is RHP Mitchell Boggs, 3-1 in a tour with the Cardinals earlier in the season and who was scheduled to pitch Monday afternoon for Memphis in Oklahoma City.

• 1B Albert Pujols got Sunday off, although he came in as a pinch hitter to drive in a run in the seventh. Manager Tony La Russa pointed out that Pujols really didn't have any All-Star break, what with all the ceremonies and obligations the players now have at the All-Star Game. "If he'd had three days off, he'd be playing (Sunday)," said La Russa.

• 2B Aaron Miles' grand slam was the 10th game-ending grand slam in Cardinals history. The others were hit by Gary Bennett, David Eckstein, Tom Herr, Darrell Porter, Roger Freed, Joe Hague, Carl Taylor, Joe Cunningham and Pepper Martin.

• RHP Jason Isringhausen, who hasn't had a save since May 5, had to be replaced in the ninth inning when he allowed three straight hits. "He tried to do more and today, it was less," said manager Tony La Russa.

• The blown save, credited to RHP Brad Thompson, who got the win, was the Cardinals' 23rd of the season—a major league high.

By The Numbers: 9—Number of consecutive victories by Kyle Lohse after he won the Cardinals' first game after the All-Star break.

Quote To Note: "It would be huge, assuming that they are able to come back at the level we're expecting."—GM John Mozeliak, on the hoped-for return of ace RHPs Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright from injuries.

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