Cardinals-Red Sox: Early 8-0 Lead Propels Cardinals to Victory

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IJune 21, 2008

The St. Louis Cardinals showed their brute strength in the first two innings, clubbing out eight runs on seven hits. Boston Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was looking to extend his unbeaten streak to nine, but was yanked in the second inning with no one out.

After Matsuzaka was relieved, Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus went deep with the bags full for his first grand slam of the season.

The Cardinals have now won the first two games in the series against thw Red Sox after collapsing in a home set against the Kansas City Royals.

Before the AL stretch started, many experts predicted that the Cardinals would sweep the Royals and be swept by the Red Sox. After seeing the last five games, those projections couldn't be further from the truth.

Cardinals backup catcher Jason LaRue has performed admirably in Yadier Molina's absence raising his batting average from .193 to .224 in five games. Glaus has also been on a hot streak, raising his RBI total to 47.

Perhaps the best sign for the Cardinals, outside of their offensive display, was the relief work of Kyle McClellan. He had really gotten beat around in his last couple of outings, but today he recorded five outs, striking out five, while allowing no hits or walks.

The relief staff, along with starter Mitchell Boggs did a wonderful job maintaining their early 8-0 lead, with closer Jason Isringhausen finishing the deal on a 9-3 Cardinals win.

Everything seemed to go right for the Redbirds today against Matsuzaka, who gave up a home run to the least likely of sources, second baseman Aaron Miles.

Although Boggs wasn't anything special today, he was able to pitch into the sixth inning, allowing just three runs.

After a sweep that the Cardinals would sure like to have back, they are looking smooth in Beantown thus far.