Final Score in St. Louis: Angels 10, Cardinals 7 ... Lefty Scott Kazmir pitched like an ace against the thunderbat lineup of the National League Central. Kaz allowed 3 runs on 3 hits over 7 innings, striking out 5 Redbirds along the way.
HA! calling baseball players from St. Louis "Red Birds" is kind of like calling Angels batters "Winged Spirits" I guess. Well the Winged Spirits brought their lumber to the shadow of the silver arch this afternoon. Kendry Morales was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, Kevin Frandsen was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, Mike Napoli hit a 2 run HR, Hideki Matsui had a 2-run single (he started in LF), but the big hit was a bases loaded 2 run single by Torii Hunter in the 3rd inning to take the lead that the Angels would never surrender.
When the game got close late due to Winged Spirit minor leaguers Robert Cassevah and Reggie Willits conspiring to gack up a few runs, you had to scratch your head at the early-game genius of Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. In the bottom of the 5th, down 8-2 but not out, LaRussa had Adam Wainwright pinch hit. For those of you who do not follow the National League, Wainwright is a pitcher batting .082... but somehow Tony LaRussa is the bushy-haired roundball guru of cornfield country. If you pinch-hit, they will come... I guess... Red Birds? There will likely be little "parroting" of that strategy around baseball... but yes, pitchers bat in the National League in conformity to 1800s baseball rules, although in a break with tradition, the Cardinals will play a game on Sunday AND allow unescorted ladies to purchase an admission ticket to the stadium tomorrow. Freakin' radicals!
Oh and by the way, Albert Pujols has not had a hit against the Angels in two games. Celebrate the bullet!