>Cardinals’ record: 2-1 (5-0-1 series); 15-7 overall

Cardinals 3, Braves 2
Who is this guy?  Pineiro moves to 4-0 on the season after winning tonight’s game.  It was a close game, but the Cards prevailed again.  Franklin shut down the Braves in the 9th for his 6th save in as many chances.  It seems he has solidified his position as the closer on this team.  The offense was rather quiet, but the defense played really well.  Ironically, they did so on a day where the primary concern was the amount of errors that have been made so far this season.  Pineiro coaxed 13 ground ball outs and only 5 flyouts; that’s not bad, as long as the defense is playing well behind you.
Player of the game goes to Ankiel for this one.  It’s nice to see him get a few key hits, as bad as this season has been so far for him.  He ended up 2-4 with a pair of RBI’s.
Braves 2, Cardinals 1
I know I’m not a major league pitcher, but honestly, when it’s your job, when it’s something you do every single day, how hard is it to throw strikes?  I know that you want to be careful when clinging to a 1-0 lead, but you cannot, absolutely cannot put runners on base.  Make them get a hit in order to get on base, but don’t, DON’T, walk them.  This is the second game this season that can be directly attributed to walks being the primary culprit in the blown save.  McClellan has been pitching well this year (even after giving up 2 ER, his ERA is only 3.09, which is pretty good for a reliever), but he couldn’t find the strike zone last night, and it cost the Cardinals a hard fought victory.
It’s hard to pick a player of the game when the team only reached base 4 times and only scored 1 run; however Molina did go 2-3 with an RBI on the night, so he is the best choice.
Cardinals 5, Braves 3
Sloppy game, but they got the win.  To quote the recap article: Shortstop Brendan Ryan left the game in the fifth inning with a left hamstring injury. Adam Wainwright labored through six imprecise innings, needing 110 pitches to get 18 outs. St. Louis pitchers issued seven walks, the offense struck out 10 times and ran into an out on the bases, and the defense committed another error leading to an unearned run.  That’s rough.  But a win is a win.  I guess a sloppy win makes up (in a little way) for giving away a win yesterday.
I’m going with Pujols as the player of the game.  2-4 with an RBI and a run.  The RBI was the tying run, and the run he scored is what put them ahead by 2.  There was no more scoring from either side after he came home.
Up next: Cards travel to Washington for a 3 game set with the Nationals.
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