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Cardinals-Braves: 26-Hit Barrage Leads 18-3 Cardinals' Win

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IAugust 22, 2008

In the seventh inning, St. Louis Cardinals' TV announcer Al Hrabosky stated that the Redbirds had a season-high 20 hits. That was six hits too early as the Cardinals ripped Atlanta Braves' pitching for 18 runs for a monstrous victory. The 26 hits are the most hits in a game since 1930.

The underlying story of this game, however, was Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright's return to the mound after a two-month DL stint. Wainwright looked spectacular through six innings with only a lone blemish, a home run to Greg Horton.

Also, Wainwright came to Busch Stadium with a strong bat, pounding out 3 hits in the process.

The most obscure part of the game was that 18 runs and 26 hits were compiled, none coming via the longball. The Redbirds thrashed the Braves with 21 singles, and catcher Yadier Molina claimed four of those.

First baseman Albert Pujols was one of the many Cardinals with several hits, going 3-for-3, improving his batting average to .353 and his RBI total to 82 on the season.

Every starter in the Cardinals lineup had at least two hits, and reliever Joel Pineiro even got into the act with a ground-rule double.

Postgame comments by Tony La Russa surrounded the topic of Wainwright's return, but he couldn't deny talking about the offensive production.

With the Milwaukee Brewers winning tonight, it was nice to get a victory to keep pace with the Brew Crew in the NL Wild Card race.

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