Not only was it a 1913 throwback jersey kind of day and a high sock Sunday, but the boys pulled off a 4-game sweep of the Brewers in Milwaukee! After a 6-run 2nd inning in a game that saw Allen Craig tie a career-high 4 RBIs and Matt Holliday dong another dinger (his 5th of the season) the Cardinals never looked back.
Jaime Garcia pitched through the 8th allowing 8 hits, 1 earned run, and had 3 strike outs. Garcia looked sharp through his 8, bringing his ERA to 2.25 for the season.
Tony Cruz was even able to get in on the action in the 8th, coming in for Yadi and getting a hit that scored his first RBI of the season.
With talks of Carp coming back into the bullpen, I’m sure exciting teammates and fans alike, Carlos Martinez looks to be a great one-inning man. He came in the game in the 9th, facing 3 batters, getting 2 ground outs and a strike out. At the risk of jinxing him, I’m going to go ahead and say that bringing him up from the minors has been a good thing. Yes, he’s only made an appearance in two games, and yes, it has been when the Cardinals have had a sizable lead, but I like it. He’s looking good.
So, where does that leave the Cardinal faithful? Enjoying a 6-game winning streak in the midst of sweeping a division foe in the Brewers in 4. The Cards are now 3 up on the Pirates, and enjoying a nice lead in the NL Central. There is only one other team in Major League baseball with a better record-the Boston Red Sox, who are 20-10, and the Cards are sitting at 20-11. With the bullpen getting their heads’ back in it and the bats staying on fire, this is proving to be a great start to the 2013 season. Keep it up, boys!