Cardinals Roll over Rockies in 8-3 Victory

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst IApril 3, 2008

ST. LOUIS -- It may have been the Cardinals first victory of the season, but it was a true team effort. Rick Ankiel led the way with his arm and bat, as the Cardinals poured on the offense against Aaron Cook.

Ankiel, a former pitcher, held Colorado's Yorvit Torrealba to only a double after gunning a fly ball to third base. It's only natural that a former pitcher displayed such power and accuracy on a throw. It even impressed Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

"That throw he made from center field was a laser," La Russa said.

Ankiel's fielding was followed by incredible plate discipline as he chalked up an impressive stat line of: 3 H, HR, RBI, and 2 R. 

Not to be outdone, Cardinals right fielder Ryan Ludwick drove in three runs of his own on three hits. The supporting cast around slugger Albert Pujols allowed him to reach base safely five times with three walks. It truly was a team effort. 

The pitching staff held their own with starter Todd Wellemeyer striking out six while only allowing one run through five innings. 

The bullpen started to show signs of breakdown but bounced back and shut down the Rockies offense to help seal the victory.

With their first victory under their belt the Cardinals look forward to more hurdles in their quest to get back to the promise land and compete for another world championship. contributed to this article.