11:20 PM Eastern
The Blue Jays have used quality starting pitching and the timely home run to win a big bunch of ballgames so far this season, but tonight the tables were turned. St. Louis got a solid start from Jaime Garcia – though it was his worst of the season, allowing three runs on six hits through six innings – and the Cards hit four homers and wound up in a romp.
The defining inning of the game didn’t include a big fly, though. With a runner on second and two out in the 5th, the Cards rallied with a couple of doubles and a two-run single around an intentional walk to Albert Pujols, who was otherwise 0-for-4 on the night. Matt Holliday had the first two-bagger – his third hit of the game to go with a single and a homer – and it was just a little floater to short left field that fell in in front of Fred Lewis. After the intentional pass, Ryan Ludwick ripped a liner to left on which Lewis almost made a spectacular, inning-ending grab.
A game of inches, it is, and illustrated beautifully on the other side by Adam Lind, who was 0-for-4 but should have had a pair of doubles. He was robbed on each side of the infield by beautiful diving stabs from Pujols and third baseman David Freese. Had Lind’s first grounder gotten through, in the 6th, it would have been a two-run double that brought Vernon Wells to the plate with the tying run.
Jarrett Hoffpauir’s Jays debut was a success. He went 1-for-3 with a single, scored a run and played flawless defense at third base – including a terrific grab of a hot shot by Ludwick in the 1st inning.
Poor Dustin McGowan. In case you hadn’t heard, the exploratory surgery on his right shoulder found a significant tear in the rotator cuff. They fixed it, and released the capsule to increase his range of motion, but it’ll be four to six months before he can pick up a baseball again, and if he ever does make it back to the bigs, count on it being at least three years between appearances.
Here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
And here’s the transcript from tonight’s iPED-fueled edition of “Miked Up LIVE!”: