Before the week begins, let’s take a look back at the week that was.
Monday, April 9, 2012 – Cardinals 7 Reds 1
Homer Bailey decided it would be a good idea to really include his first name into this game, except it went against his team. After two outs, Matt Holliday, David Freese and Yadier Molina all homered to give the Cardinals an early 4-0 lead. Yadier Molina added a two-run double in the seventh, giving him three RBI for the game. Jake Westbrook made the runs stand up only giving up a unearned run over seven innings because of an error he committed on a ground ball by Zack Cozart.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 – Cardinals 3 Reds 1
The Cardinals got off to a good early start again as Carlos Beltran homered in the first inning. Freese added to the lead with a two run homer of his own in the sixth to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. The Reds cut it down to 3-1 on a sac fly by Joey Votto, but that would be all they would get. Kyle Lohse improved to 2-0 with 6 strong innings giving up four hits and the lone run. The Cardinals bullpen retired the last nine in a row to shut the door.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – Reds 4 Cardinals 3
The Cardinals were handed their second loss of the season. It started out well as the Cardinals scored three in the fourth on an RBI triple by Rafael Furcal and Jon Jay following that with a two-run homer. Jaime Garcia couldn’t hold it as he gave the three runs back in the 4.2 innings he pitched. Marc Rzepczynski came in ninth with the game tied and gave up a double to Joey Votto and intentionally walked Ryan Ludwick. He struck out Jay Bruce for the first out. Chris Heisey came out to pinch-hit so Mike Matheny went to Fernando Salas, but he gave up the walk off single to end the game.
2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring (Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak/St. Louis Cardinals via US PRESSWIRE)
Friday, April 13, 2012 – Cubs 9 Cardinals 5
The home opener for the Cardinals turned into a horror movie. Sure it started out nicely enough, with celebrating the World Series Championship from last year. Then the game started and the carnage began off Adam Wainwright. The Cubs scored all of their runs in the first four innings. Four of the first five hitters reached base and scored with the big blow dealt by Ian Stewart with a three-run home run. Bryan LaHair hit a grand slam to make it 8-0 Cubs in the third. The Cardinals fought back in the bottom of the fifth with RBI by Jon Jay, Freese, Molina and Matt Carpenter.
Saturday, April 14, 2012 – Cardinals 5 Cubs 1
After a rain delay, The Cardinals got their rings (rally squirrel included) and then beat their arch rival. The Cardinals again used a big inning, this time the bottom of the fourth. Molina drove in Holliday who reached on an error and Matt Carpenter. Molina even stole a base right after. Daniel Descalso tripled in Molina and Tyler Greene drove in Descalso with a single. Jay added a home run in the seventh. Lance Lynn was again solid in his second start giving up one run in 5.1 innings.
Sunday, April 15, 2012 – Cardinals 10 Cubs 3
The Cardinals won the rubber game of the series and Matt Carpenter was a huge reason why. Carpenter went 4 for 4 with 5 RBI including a home run and a triple. Molina added to his hot start with a three-run homer. Jake Westbrook was solid going seven innings giving up only one earned run.