Matt Holliday was out of the
lineup with a sore right groin. Left-handed hitting Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker were sitting against a left-handed starter in
Normally, this wouldn't translate into 11 runs but a lineup featuring three bench players amassed that many without a home run by connecting for six hits in 12 at-bats with men in scoring position.
Besides making two outstanding defensive plays, second baseman Tyler Greene had a hit, stole third and scored two runs. Center fielder Joe Mather singled twice in six at-bats and right fielder Nick Stavinoha had a two-run double.
And yes, all this without a home run.
"They'll have to say something else now," said manager Tony La Russa. "Like, 'where did their power go?'"
Hitting coach Mark McGwire said it was all a matter of patience.
"When you're patient at the plate and you get the pitches you want to hit, it's amazing what will happen," McGwire said.
CARDINALS 11, PIRATES 4: Capping an 11-for-22 trip, catcher Yadier Molina drove in three runs -- all with two out -- and right-hander Adam Wainwright posted his fifth win in six decisions despite admittedly not having his best stuff. The Cardinals had a four-run inning and a five-run frame after scoring more than two runs in an inning only once in the first six games of this seven-game trip.
NOTES AND QUOTES
The Cardinals' win raised their
1B Albert Pujols struck out against Pittsburgh LHP Paul Maholm in the third inning, marking the first time Pujols had struck out against Maholm in 27 career at-bats. Pujols is 16-for-27 with three homers against Maholm. He has an uncharacteristically high total of 21 strikeouts this season to go with 21 walks, although 11 of the walks have been intentional.
LF Matt Holliday, who has a sore
right groin, was told by manager Tony La Russa to take a day off ahead of
Monday's regularly scheduled off day. Holliday said he would be ready to play on
Tuesday at home against
RHP Kyle McClellan got his first big league hit in the eighth inning of Sunday's game, after eight fruitless at-bats in the majors. It was a ball that dribbled over the third-base bag after Pirates 3B Andy LaRoche unwisely had elected to let the ball roll foul. "It was a line drive. It was hard hit," said McClellan, smiling. "I already erased the tape off our video."
CF Joe Mather and RF Nick Stavinoha each got his first hit with a man in scoring position, ending dry spells of eight at-bats and six, respectively. Right-handed-hitting OF Ryan Ludwick drove in his first run against a left-handed pitcher with a triple in his 29th at-bat against a left-hander.
By The Numbers:
21—Number of games in which a
Cardinals starter did not give up a home run before RHP Brad Penny permitted two
Quote To Note:
"We're patiently impatient."
—Manager Tony La Russa, waiting for a resolution of INF Felipe Lopez's throwing arm difficulties.
LF Matt Holliday (strained groin) left the May 7 game, and he appeared as a pinch hitter May 8. He did not play on May 9 and is day-to-day.
INF Felipe Lopez (strained right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list April 26. As of May 3, he hadn't resumed swinging a bat.