In a game that was about as suspenseful and surprising as the average Nancy Drew novel, the St. Louis Cardinals stomped the Kansas City Royals for the second day in a row yesterday, 7-1. The proceedings were delayed for an hour and a half by a rainstorm, or, as I explained to my six year old stepson that was watching the game with me, God was weeping over the fate of the once mighty Royals.
Albert Pujols hit one of his obligatory massive home-runs, driving in two runs. He now leads the Major League in home-runs. Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker continued to hit well, and Khalil Greene continued to be a pleasant surprise, hitting a three run homer in ninth inning, and causing me to believe that maybe having a person on the team that is completely crazy isn't such a bad idea after all.
Chris Carpenter pitched as well as he ever has, holding the ravaged Royals to one run through seven and a half innings. The Cardinals bullpen surprised everyone by not doing anything to screw up that lead.
The win places the Cards at first place in their division by half a game. They have one more predictable blowout against the terrible Royals this afternoon, and then it's on to a four game series visiting the National League powerhouse, the New York Choke Artists, where we will see how strong St. Louis really is.