Stat Line Of The Night — 9/1/11 — Albert Pujols
When the Cards entered their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, it appeared as though the Brewers had the NL Central locked up. That no longer appears to be the case, thanks to a sweep by the Cards.
On Tuesday it was pitcher Jake Westbrook providing the unexpected run support with a go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Yesterday the damage at the plate was coming from a much more likely source; Albert Pujols.
Pujols was a force to be reckoned with, recording four hits in four at bats, including two home runs. His first was a solo shot in the first inning, while his second came with the bases loaded in the third inning. The Cards’ first baseman finished the day with five RBIs and three runs scored, leading St. Louis to the 8-4 victory.
With the win, the Cards now find themselves 7.5 games back of the Brewers for top spot in the NL Central. They still have plenty of work to do if they hope to mount an incredible late-season charge to the top of the division, but another three-game sweep of the Brewers next week could make things a lot more interesting. More big games like this one from Albert Pujols could help them accomplish such a feat. He was the key factor in their victory last night, and it earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, September 1, 2011.