Cardinals-Reds: Ludwick Continues Push For All-Star Nod

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst IJune 10, 2008

Ryan Ludwick led the way against the Cincinnati Reds, as the Cardinals won by a score of 7-2 on Tuesday night.

The outfielder hit his 15th home run of the season in the seventh inning while hitting a pair of RBI doubles and a RBI single in the ninth. Ludwick ended the game with four hits, four RBI's, two runs, 2 doubles, nine total bases, and a solo home run.

Quite an impressive game for a man pushing to make his first All-Star apperance, and deservedly so. Besides Albert Pujols, Ludwick has exploded onto the scene this year, and should be rewarded for his contributions to the team.

Aside from Ludwick's bid for an All-Star appearance, both Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel contributed in the fourth inning, by delivering back-to-back jacks.

A very scary moment in the seventh inning as Albert Pujols apparently re-injured his calf after hitting a chopper down the first base line. He left the batter's box very awkwardly, and seemed to have pulled his left calf muscle.

Pujols immediately went down into the infield grass and clutched his left leg. Manager Tony La Russa came running to his former MVP's side with the team doctor, and Pujols apparently was in so much pain that he had to be helped off the field.

Maybe they rushed him back from the injury but, maybe not. Before this happened he had crushed a ball 423 feet to near dead center field. However, leg injuries can be very tricky to know when they are completely healed. Just ask Ken Griffey Jr.

I hope only the best for Pujols as he IS the "straw that stirs the drink" for the Cardinals. He is the unquestioned leader for the Redbirds, and he will be needed for any late season push for the NL Central divisional crown.

All of the Cardinals offense came off of the Reds' young sensation Homer Bailey. The Reds pitcher gave up five runs on eight hits while lasting only 3 2/3 innings. The only offense from the Reds came off of Joey Votto's two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Pitching for the Cardinals was Mitchell Boggs who had just recently been called up from Triple-A. He made his first appearance against the Astros on Friday but pitched in place of Todd Wellemeyer tonight. Wellemeyer was scratched from the start as he experienced inflammation in his right elbow.

Boggs pitched a solid outing for a spot start as he went five innings while giving up two runs on four hits.

With Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright already on the DL, the Cardinals will need to keep afloat with solid starts. However, the Cardinals have shown in the past that newly appointed starters and closers more than rise to the occasion to help lift the team.

Special congratulations needs to be sent out to Ken Griffey Jr. and hitting his 600th home run on Monday against the Marlins. He was given a huge standing ovation tonight, and even had Cardinals manager Tony La Russa giving him his credit. Congrats Griffey.