Cards Sweep Cubs

Mike WestContributor IMay 21, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 23: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates his first home run of the game against the New York Mets on April 23, 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Mets 12-8.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

We’re going to need more brooms.

First, the Brewers swept the Cardinals in a three game series with their win on Sunday in St. Louis.  Then the Cards did some sweeping of their own, taking all three games from the visiting Chicago Cubs.  

And now, there’s a pile of broken glass somewhere under Big Mac Land at Busch, thanks to a first inning blast off the bat of Albert Pujols.  Somebody’s got to clean that up.

Pujols’ home run was measured at 418 feet, and shattered the “I” in the illuminated Big Mac Land sign on the upper deck in left field.

Pujols knows there’s no “I” in team, and at least for now, there isn’t one in Big Mac Land, but there are three in starting pitching.  Joel Pineiro, Chris Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright.  Okay, that’s dumb.

But seriously, it’s been the starters who’ve gotten the Redbirds back on track.  After Pineiro’s complete game shutout on Tuesday, Carpenter threw five scoreless innings in his first game off the disabled list to earn a win last night.  Tonight, it was Wainright’s turn to keep the streak going.

Waino pitched brilliantly. He gave up just one run on five hits in eight-and-two-thirds innings, while striking out seven, against only one walk.  Ryan Franklin picked up the one out save, his 11th of the season.

Colby Rasmus had a two out RBI in the third, and Brian Barden added a solo homer in the fourth.  The final was 3-1.  Here’s the complete box score.

The Cards improved to 24-17 overall, and 15-8 at home.  Keep your brooms out.  The Royals are coming to town.