St. Louis Takes the Series In San Diego, 3 Games To 1

M.T. RobinsonCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03:  Luis Rodriguez #15 of the San Diego Padres jumps out of the way of Juan Castro #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he turns a double play during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on May 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Progress can be hard to see some days, but winning one game this last weekend against the Cardinals showed that the Padres are making some.

San Diego pitching kept Albert Pujols mostly under control, which is a feat any team would be happy with. And Pujols did not put any Padres in the hospital during this series, which is always a plus.

Pujols has a knack of bashing line drives off of Padres players, or running them over.

The Padres had a chance to gain a split, leaving the tying run at the plate on Sunday, but could not get it done in the clutch. Padres infielder Luis Rodriguez struck out with the bases loaded, but Tony Larussa was sweating it, and it's a step.

I wanted a split very badly yesterday, yelling some choice obscenities after both Oscar Salazar and Rodriguez struck to to end the game. Learning to hit with the bases loaded is a skill the Padres have yet to master, even after 40 years.

I can only remember a couple seasons when the Friars did that consistently: 1984 and 1998.

Considering that the Padres had not beaten the Cards since May of 2008, I will take my one victory and come back for more next time. San Diego showed that while they still are not in the Cardinals' class, they are at least back in the same building with them.

And that is Glacier-like progress.