The Cardinals wrapped up a
seven-game home stand with a 6-1 record and right-hander Chris Carpenter put to
rest many of the doubts that had surfaced about his lack of velocity and
command. Even with Carpenter not at his best, he had been 3-0 in his first five
starts and then he cranked up a vintage start Sunday, holding
Carpenter was so into it that he
even barked at a
"I love everybody in this clubhouse and I don't like anyone I play against," said Carpenter, who is one of the acknowledged leaders of the team with the best record in the league.
To go with his first scoreless outing of the season, Carpenter got his first hit and scored his first run while batting eighth. Counting No. 7 Nick Stavinoha's two hits (in his first start of the season), one by Carpenter, one by pinch-hitter Jon Jay and one by ninth-place hitter Brendan Ryan, the Cardinals' bottom the lineup accounted for five hits, four runs scored and one batted in.
Since manager Tony La Russa resumed batting the pitcher eighth and a position player ninth, Ryan has gone 5-for-16 with two walks and the team has averaged 5.8 runs per game and batted .296. The Cardinals have been 5-1 in those games.
But they've won because of their pitching. The Cardinals have given up just one home run at home in 13 games (10 wins)
CARDINALS 6, REDS 0: Albert Pujols drove in three runs in the seventh with a bases-clearing double to go with the three runs right-hander Chris Carpenter already had been staked to. Rookie David Freese, who didn't have a home run in the club's first 25 games, has three in his last four. He singled, doubled and homered Sunday in posting his third multi-hit game in the last four.
--RHP Chris Carpenter's win over Cincinnati on Sunday was his seventh straight against the Reds and he is 13-0 with a 1.86 earned run average against NL Central opponents in the last two seasons.
--OF Nick Stavinoha became the
last Cardinals position player to start a game. But after Stavinoha's 2-for-3
performance, manager Tony La Russa said there was a good chance Stavinoha would
get a start on the team's seven-game trip to
--LHP Jaime Garcia will make the
start Monday night for the Cardinals in the first of a four-game set at
--RF Ryan Ludwick became the only Cardinals player to have appeared in every game after LF Matt Holliday sat out for the first time Sunday. Holliday didn't start against Cincinnati RHP Aaron Harang, in part, because Holliday was 1-for-18 in his career against Harang.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Number of home runs allowed by the Cardinals in their first 13 games at home.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's worth everything he gets because he's proved it." -- 1B Albert Pujols on the $125 million contract extension for his friend, Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard.
--INF Felipe Lopez (strained right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list April 26.