The Cardinals needed this one, and they got it. After getting dominated by the Pirates on Saturday night 14-4, the Cardinals had a must-win game Sunday afternoon to keep within striking distance of the sizzling Chicago Cubs.
Here’s the analysis as far as today's 7-4 Cards' win is concerned.
The last two days have been kind to Glaus. This was especially true on Sunday, as he went 3-for-4 with a home run. Glaus put the game out of reach for the Pirates with his fourth home run of the season. Just an inning earlier, Glaus crushed a ball to dead center, but it was caught at the warning track. This is a great sign for Cardinals fans to see Glaus getting a hold of pitches in the zone.
It has been tough for Schumaker to find everyday playing time in the Cardinal outfield, but with days like today he is showing he deserves a chance. Hitting 2-for-4 with three RBI as the leadoff hitter was a big key in the Cardinals getting a victory today. Skip is getting his average up near .300, which means he is producing at the dish.
Braden Looper (offensively)
Someone try to cool this guy off, because it just isn’t working. Looper is hitting .429 at the plate, boosted by a 2-for-2, one RBI day. Any manager will take their pitcher’s hitting as a bonus, and Looper is looking really comfortable at the plate.
He has put together a great season, but today sure wasn’t one of his best performances. Ludwick looked confused by Ian Snell’s delivery, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Hopefully we can see Ludwick get back into his hitting groove soon.
Albert looked tired a lot of the game, and despite reaching base on a walk, he was 0-for-3 at the plate. Snell struck him out on an uncharacteristically bad swing from Pujols.
Neither here nor there
Braden Looper (pitching)
Sure, he got his seventh win of the season, but 5.2 IP and 3 ER is just average in the big leagues; not to mention he only recorded one strikeout. His ERA is still over 5.00, so that is by no means quality.
He let in his first earned run on the season, but he still has wicked stuff.
Overall, the Cardinals won a crucial game to stay only 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the tough NL Central.