After back-to-back wins, the Braves were set to take the final game of the series with ace Tim Hudson on the mound. However, Huddy did not have close to his best stuff tonight and he gave up six runs in five innings. Albert Pujols hit a first inning homer and then another in the fifth, which kick started the Cardinals' onslaught.
The Braves were in the game until the terrible fifth inning. Pujols' homer came with the score 2-1 and the Cards finished the inning with the score now 6-1. Kyle Lohse and Brendan Ryan each had RBI hits later in the inning. Pujols, Holliday, and Rasmus all had two hits in the middle of St. Louis' lineup.
Nate McLouth continued to impress today, which is a positive to take out of a tough loss. McLouth ended up 2-4 with a double and a home run. Jason Heyward also had two extra base hits, both doubles, and Alex Gonzalez went 3-4.
Craig Kimbrel had another solid inning as well, striking out two in a perfect inning. Peter Moylan gave up the only other run of the game in just 0.1 of an inning.
The Braves were fortunate to take one of the previous two games with Chris Carpenter starting in one and the following game going to extra innings. They weren't as fortunate today and got beat by yet another bad pitcher. Their next series is against Washington so hopefully they can add some wins over the next few days.