Pujols injured in loss to Cubs
ST. LOUIS -- Aramis Ramirez's grand slam keyed a five-run fourth inning as the Cardinals were drilled by the Cubs, 8-5, at Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A single and two errors loaded the bases for Ramirez, and the slugging third baseman tattooed a Mark Mulder offering 397 feet to right-center field to erase a 1-0 Cardinals lead. Three more singles and another error made it 5-1 before Mulder regained control of the inning, and a frame later, Phil Nevin added a two-run homer for Chicago.
St. Louis has dropped the first two games of its weekend series against Chicago, guaranteeing its first series loss at new Busch Stadium since the facility opened. Perhaps even harder to swallow, the Redbirds are 2-6 against the Cubs on the year, their worst record against any opponent.
Adding injury to insult, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols left the game in the third inning with a strained right oblique muscle. It's unclear how long the Majors' home run leader will be out -- the club listed his status as "undetermined."
Yadier Molina had an RBI double for the Cardinals, and Mulder and David Eckstein each drove in a run with a single.
I hope Albert Pujols gets better. This a major loss for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Re: Pujols injured in loss to Cubs
Hopefully the Cardinals solid pitching will hold up. This is an inopportune time for this injury with Carpenter already out thinning the Cards staff. They should have enough to hold on, but should pick up a bat in the meantime.
The central is a tough division with the Astros adding Clemens and traditionally being a second half team.
The Cubs will be tough when D. Lee returns also.
I think the Brewers are too thin at SP and the Reds are just waiting to implode.