for this game

Pujols powers Cardinals past Cubs

Apr 26, 2009 - 12:28 AM ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Albert Pujols put everything he could into the pitch from Cubs rookie reliever David Patton, and the result was hardly a surprise.

Pujols hit his second grand slam of the season and surpassed 1,000 career RBIs, sending St. Louis to an 8-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and giving the surging Cardinals their ninth straight home win.

"I hit that ball really good, I'm not going to lie to you," Pujols said. "That's all I got. I hit that ball as good as you can hit a ball. I'm just blessed that I put a good swing on it."

The Cardinals have won 10 of their 12 home games this season and are 13-5 overall, good for first place in the NL Central.

Pujols drove the first pitch from Patton in the seventh inning to left field an estimated 441 feet. It was the eighth career grand slam for Pujols, who is hitting .348 with 25 RBIs and seven homers already this season.

Patton gave up a single and two walks aound a sacrifice bunt to set up Pujols.

"You can't walk people in front of Pujols," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "You might be able to do that in Modesto, but over here, I would suggest not. He hit that ball, I'll tell you."

Patton pitched the past two seasons for Class-A Modesto before being acquired last December by the Cubs from Cincinnati. He said he wanted to throw a strike to Pujols to try and get ahead in the count.

"I was up there throwing strikes. That was my mindset," Patton said. "That's what I wanted to do. I guess you saw what happened."

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa certainly did -- and he's been seeing it 2001.

"What a player," La Russa said. "It's a pleasure to watch him play. Actually, it's a pleasure to watch him practice. It's a pleasure to watch him in the clubhouse. It's a pleasure to watch him in the community. He's an amazing man.

The four RBIs gave Pujols 1,002 in his career, making him the sixth Cardinals player to reach that milestone. The others are Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter, Jim Bottomley, Rogers Hornsby and Kenny Boyer. All but Boyer are Hall of Famers.

"It's an honor and really humbling to reach this goal of having 1,000 RBIs in my career," Pujols said. "I love to do what I do."

The Cubs have lost their last four games, dropping to 8-8 on the season. The defending NL Central champs scored just five runs in those four losses.

"It's not good. Boy, we certainly haven't done much offensively in a while," Piniella said. "It's got to get better."

Mitchell Boggs (1-0) pitched 5 2-3 innings, allowing six hits, a walk and two wild pitches in his first start of the season for St. Louis. The lone run against him was unearned.

The Cardinals recalled Boggs, who was 3-2 in two stints with St. Louis last season, on April 15 to replace the injured Chris Carpenter.

"Last year was a huge learning experience for me," Boggs said. "I was given the ball today and given the opportunity to help the team win and that matters to me. I'll do my job whenever they ask me to do it."

Sean Marshall (0-1) pitched six innings, allowing three runs and six hits in the loss.

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the fourth, with Brian Barden's hit doing the most damage, driving in Yadier Molina and Khalil Greene. The Cardinals were never seriously threatened after that.






  • 20
    roots
    MattDOOM777 Added 5 roots

    Cubs 2, Cardinals 8  FinalApr 26 2:29 AM
  • #1 Cards Fan Is Albert Pujols a beast, or what? Statistically speaking, he's definitely one the of top players in the major league this decade. There's no doubt that if he can remain healthy, he'll be a Hall of Famer no doubt!

    Cubs 2, Cardinals 8  FinalApr 25 8:01 PM
  • 15
    roots
    #1 Cards Fan Added 10 roots

    Cubs 2, Cardinals 8  FinalApr 25 7:08 PM


  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 10 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 1 x 8 10 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHN - SEAN MARSHALL, DAVID PATTON (7TH), NEAL COTTS (8TH) AND
    GEOVANY SOTO
    STL - MITCHELL BOGGS, JASON MOTTE (6TH), CHRIS PEREZ
    (8TH), BLAINE BOYER (9TH) AND YADIE

    Apr 25 7:01 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY COLBY RASMUS ALLOWED GEOVANY SOTO TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R THERIOT ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 2
    ST LOUIS 8 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K FUKUDOME (.351, 2-FOR-4)

    Cubs 2, Cardinals 8  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 25 7:01 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE THURSTON SCORED KHALIL GREENE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J THURSTON ON FIRST, B BARDEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 1
    ST LOUIS 8 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: B RYAN (.269, 0-FOR-3, SAC)

    Cubs 1, Cardinals 8  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 25 6:47 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY ALBERT PUJOLS (7) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF DAVID PATTON SCORED BRIAN BARDEN, RICK ANKIEL AND COLBY
    RASMUS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 1, ST LOUIS 7
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R LUDWICK (.362, 1-FOR-3)

    Cubs 1, Cardinals 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 25 6:27 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN THERIOT SCORED SEAN MARSHALL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R THERIOT ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 1
    ST LOUIS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K FUKUDOME (.345, 1-FOR-2)

    Cubs 1, Cardinals 3  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 25 5:32 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN BARDEN SCORED YADIER MOLINA AND KHALIL
    GREENE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B BARDEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 0
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: M BOGGS (.000, 0-FOR-0, SAC)

    Cubs 0, Cardinals 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 25 5:21 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KHALIL GREENE SCORED RYAN LUDWICK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K GREENE ON SECOND, Y MOLINA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 0
    ST LOUIS 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: B BARDEN (.379, 1-FOR-1)

    Cubs 0, Cardinals 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 25 5:18 PM
  • 5
    roots
    jpolak Added 5 roots

    Cubs vs. CardinalsApr 25 3:16 AM