Ok, so Sammy is on the DL. Not a problem - we still have Moises, Derek, Aramis, Hollandsworth, Patterson, Walker and the new kid Dubois who can hit it out in BP. And with the Cardinals in town, we're talking Pujols, Rolen, Edmonds, Renteria, Matheny, Lankford and Sanders who are equally capable of taking it to the streets. Add some favorable winds out of the South, and we have all the ingredients for a monster batting practice.
So what happens? A grand total of three. Two by the Cubs and one by the Cards. Brings to mind one of the all-time best baseball quotes, fittingly enough by a Cardinal, Joaquin Andujar. After being in one of those weird wacky games where nothing went right, he said he could sum baseball up in one word - "you never know".
Guess they were saving up for the game. First inning, Michael Barrett surprises everyone by launching one onto Waveland. One bounce up against the Budweiser house and back down through the trees where after a brief tussle, a passer-by ends up with it. Then Pujols cranks it up and sends a towering drive down the line where it ends up at the feet of another passer-by. Timing is everything. Finally, who else but Mr. En Fuego himself, Moises Alou, hits a 3-run blast straight to Moe who makes a nice running catch.
Corey almost made it four by pulling one way out of the park but alas, it was foul. Which means a new category (Foul) now shows up in the out-of-the-park ball count at the end of each post.
Friday, May 21: BP-3 [W-2,S-1], Roof-1 [A-0,C-1], Foul-1 [W-0,S-1], HR-3 [W-3,S-0]
Season: BP-289,[W-185,S-104], Roof-12,[A-10, C-2], Foul-1 [W-0,S-1], HR-21 [W-19, S-2]