After putting up six combined runs in four losses against the Kansas City Royals this season, the St. Louis Cardinals have tallied fourteen runs in their last their last two games against the Royals, both resulting in Cardinal wins.
Sunday afternoon's win came from an unlikely source: backup catcher Jason LaRue. Although he is not known for his power, LaRue hit a home run and plated two with a triple to give the Cards four RBI.
Not far behind in offensive prowess was first baseman Albert Pujols, who went 2-4 and hit his 17th home run of the year. Getting Pujols back in the flow of the game will be key to the Cardinals success before the All-Star Break in mid July.
The Cardinal offense was definitely appreciated, especially because the pitchers allowed six runs. This game featured a direct opposite to the last couple of series in which the Cardinal pitching was on-point but the bats could not follow the hot arms.
It was also quite important for the Redbirds to find their swings because the next two series will determine a lot before the All-Star Break in terms of the NL Central standings.
The second of these important series will take place against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It would be awfully nice to see the Cards gain some valuable ground on the Cubbies before July 15.
For now, though, the Cardinals need to concentrate on winning the game at-hand. They will definitely have a good chance tomorrow with red-hot Kyle Lohse taking the hill.