Cardinals 5 - Brewers 4: Cards Sweep, Wainwright Helps His Own Cause

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst IApril 17, 2008

What a sight for the Cardinals.  Their pitching ace Adam Wainwright hit a laser to left field to mark his 3rd career homerun. Talk about helping yourself out.

Albert Pujols contributed early with his 2-run double in the first inning and his now batting .367 on the year with 10 RBI's. However, Albert wasn't the only player contributing as Skip Schumaker hit his first homerun of the season to contribute to the St. Louis victory over the Milwauke Brewers, 5-4. 

Wainwright's homerun was one former pitcher Rick Ankiel would have been envious of.

"I take pride in my hitting, because I believe it can really swing the result of a game," Wainwright said. "If the pitcher is up there swinging the bat, keeping his team in the game and putting a quality at-bat on the pitcher and getting base hits, there's always a better chance for you to score runs." 

Even Skip Schumaker, who was tied with Wainwright in homeruns on the season, agreed that Wainwright is an incredible hitting pitcher, a natural athlete.

"He has a fun time with that always, telling me how much better a hitter he is. He can hit. He's an incredible hitting pitcher. But I'm glad I got one ahead of him, because I don't want to hear it every day."

The Brewers did rally towards the end of the game as the Cardinals bullpen once again faltered. Closer Jason Isringhausen allowed a pair of RBI doubles in the ninth but was helped out by Pujols' gold glove defense at first base to help notch his sixth save. 

Pujols defense stopped the bleeding and shut down the Brewers comeback, something he takes much pride in.

"That's my job as a first baseman—try to make a play every time I can," Pujols said. "[I like to] have an idea what the hitter will try to do at the plate and try to read it. That's what I did. Jason Kendall tries to stay inside the ball every time, and I wanted to make sure I was on my toes."

This is now the Cardinals 11th victory of the season and still are atop the NL Central and are tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the best record in the majors.

A sign of things to come?

The pitching has been excellent even without their former ace Chris Carpenter. As for the offense, Albert Pujols seems to have the supporting cast that so many experts predicted he wouldn't have.