Cardinals-Marlins: Joel Pineiro Returns to Early Season Form in Win

Posted by Ben Weixlmann | 10:16 PM | 0 comments »

The St. Louis Cardinals' fans can now breath a sigh of relief. Starter Joel Pineiro pitched a solid seven innings to give the Cardinals a much-needed win.

After a shaky first couple of innings, Pineiro settle down to toss the Redbirds to victory.

Looking at Albert Pujols' portion of the box score, any Cardinals fan would have realized that this wasn't the most offensive-oriented game. Pujols did the unthinkable: he struck at three times in the same game. Not to mention looking absolutely ridiculous in doing so on two occasions, including tossing his bat down the third base line on one instance.

The Florida Marlins, who boast one of the NL's top offenses, were limited to just eight hits by the visiting Cardinals.

Additionally, the Marlins failed to capitalize on three Redbird errors, scoring just one unearned run.

The night was pretty bizarre, but in some ways it saw the Cardinals get back to ordinary. Centerfielder Rick Ankiel was inserted into the starting lineup for tonight's ballgame, something that hadn't happened in two weeks. He provided some nice offense, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Cardinals were fortunate enough to win this game via the home run ball, and the two jacks were hit by some unlikely players: minor-league callup Joe Mather and catcher Yadier Molina.

Mather's home run proved rather crucial as it gave the Cardinals a 4-2 cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth, where Chris Perez recorded his second career save.

With the Milwaukee Brewers winning their sixth straight game, the Cardinals remain three games back in the NL Wild Card and 6.5 games back in the NL Central against the idle Chicago Cubs.