He wasn't supposed to do this against one of the better pitchers in the league. He was hit-less against the Cubs for all of the 2008 season.
Yet, Troy Glaus exploded against Chicago's ace Carlos Zambrano, as the Cardinals defeated their arch rivals 12-3 on Saturday.
Glaus snapped an 0-for-30 recession against the Cubs, a bad slump for any major league slugger. He arguably had one of the best games of his career, going 3-for-5 with five RBI, two runs scored, and a pair of home runs.
The six-foot-five-inch slugger didn't even know that he was hit-less against the Cubs, but he knew that he would eventually fight his way out of his slump.
"I honestly had no idea until you guys all told me," Glaus told reporters. "I really had no idea. As long as I'm having good at-bats and going up there and not making early-in-the-count bad outs, then I'm OK. It'll turn around. Obviously 0-for-29, it didn't turn around for a while."
He picked a great time to come out of his hit-less streak, as he helped down one of the more dominant pitchers in the majors, not to mention to move up a notch in the NL Central.
Even outfielder Skip Schumaker (who hit a solo home run of his own) admitted that Zambrano is probably one of the best pitchers in the league for a reason.
"I think Zambrano is one of the best pitchers, if not the best pitcher, in the National League," Schumaker said. "Especially here at Wrigley. I wanted to be aggressive and try not to spot him strike one, because he can do so many things to put you away. So I tried to be aggressive and got lucky."
The entire ball game for "Big Z" entailed possibly his worst outing of his career, and the Redbirds were only so helpful as to do the damage. Zambrano allowed career highs in homers with four, and nine earned runs tied his career worst.
A truly magnificent sight to see.
Even Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa couldn't have seen this coming.
"Unexpected," La Russa said of the outburst. "Hard to believe. If we win that game, you would think it would have been 3-2, 2-1. He's pitched as well against us as anybody. It's baseball. You can never figure anything."
As big of a day Glaus had, the offense was not limited to him. Skip Schumaker, Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick, Felipe Lopez, and Yadier Molina all had multi-hit games. The new "Big Red Machine" went for a combined 10-for-21 with seven RBI and eight runs scored.
Perhaps even more important for the Cardinals was that their offense was not needed to bail out their pitching. Starter Todd Wellemeyer held the Cubs to only three runs, and after giving up solo shots to Mark DeRosa and to the pitcher Zambrano, he settled down nicely.
Going nearly seven innings with five strikeouts with only one walk, Wellemeyer pitched an extremely effective outing in one of the biggest hitters ballparks in the majors.
To me, besides Glaus' historic day, was the shutout pitching by the Redbirds bullpen. Ron Villone, Russ Springer, and Brad Thompson only allowed two hits the rest of the game while striking out four more batters.
A truly dominating team effort by St. Louis to help vanquish their long time rivals on a hot Saturday afternoon.
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