Cardinals-Nationals: Mitchell Boggs Impresses But Isn't a Factor
Scoring five runs in the top of the ninth inning, the Nationals bullpen seemed to show shades of St. Louis' from 2008 by imploding on themselves.
Their stadium currently still stands, but that was a horrible outing for them. Recently demoted closer Joel Hanrahan and former Cardinal Julian Tavarez helped contribute to the meltdown.
All in all, the Cardinals scored on a combination of three hits, two walks, a hit batsman and a balk. One of those hits was from recently called-up rookie Tyler Greene.
With the bases loaded, Greene managed an infield single over Cristian Guzman's glove to help contribute toward the offensive explosion.
"With the bases loaded, I was just trying to get something over the plate, and I was out in front and cued it over to third and just put it in the right spot," said Greene. "It's been a dream come true. It was awesome getting that call, surreal at first, and after tonight it's all becoming reality. "
Apparently one Greene is as good as another, as the rookie got the start at shortshop over the veteran Khalil Greene. Khalil did make a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth and drew a walk.
Cardinals starter Mitchell Boggs had an impressive outing by striking out a career-high nine batters in six innings of work. He impressed, but he allowed four earned runs, including a two-run homer to Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in the fifth inning.
He nearly got double-digit strikeouts, which his manager took note of.
"Boggs was outstanding," said Tony La Russa. "He's got legitimate stuff. He has a lot of movement, he's improving his off-speed pitches and he's very competitive."
Providing a much-needed solid outing with Chris Carpenter out, Boggs certainly had a much better performance than spot starter P.J. Walters. Walters, relegated to the bullpen, did pitch a scoreless inning but also walked a batter of his own.
Albert Pujols contributed his seemingly "usual" 2-for-4 hitting performance on the night. Adding on a two-run homer back in the first inning of the game, while managing yet another stolen base, Pujols flashed his brilliant combination of power and speed.
He continues his torrid pace toward his third MVP crown as he raised his average to .337 coupled with eight home runs and 28 RBI.
The Cardinals now have the best record in the majors with a 16-7 record.
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