In case you haven’t heard, the Cardinals’ offense is really good. They got Tim Hudson for four runs in the first inning. The Braves came back to tie, but then the Cards got two more on a Pujols homer in the fifth, and the Braves got only one more run. He was probably a bit hit-unlucky, but his control simply wasn’t as sharp as it’s been.
Foster was perfect in the seventh, adding a strikeout; he still hasn’t given up a run. Gryboski and Bernero also pitched an inning apiece and allowed one hit each; Bernero also intentionally walked Pujols.
Chipper wasn’t in the lineup for the fourth straight game. He did get in as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, with two on, one out, and popped up. It’s probably all Andruw’s fault, as usual; he did go 2-2 with a walk and a HBP, driving in two, but if he wasn’t so awful he would have hit a homer instead of being hit by a pitch. Marcus was 3-4 and scored twice.
Bobby botched the ninth inning. He used Langerhans to run for Estrada after the latter singled (which moved Andruw to second) but wound up having nobody left on the bench but Eddie Perez to face a righthanded pitcher with two out. He was presumably hoping Chipper, who hit for Betemit in front of the pitcher’s spot, would win the game, but he probably should have used Hampton to run there. (That he should have used Hampton instead of Perez to hit is obvious.)
Morris versus Thomson tomorrow night. The Braves are a game back of the Marlins, actually a game and percentage points after the Marlins’ trip to Colorado was largely snowed out.