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St. Louis Cardinals Inside Pitch 2009-05-08

St. Louis Cardinals Inside Pitch 2009-05-08
Before Thursday, Todd Wellemeyer had been 2-0 on the road with a 1.93 ERA in two starts. But he had given up 30 hits and 15 runs in 15 innings at home.

On Thursday, he gave the Busch Stadium fans something they hadn't seen from him in the first month of the season -- a solid seven-inning performance.

In winning his third game in five decisions with a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh, Wellemeyer permitted only four hits and two runs in seven innings.

Addressing his belated success at home, Wellemeyer said, "It was important, man. I was kind of getting worried there. It was good to show these guys -- especially with the good crowd (41,928) we had today. I didn't know we had that many people coming, especially the way season had been going. We hadn't been selling out."

Leadoff man Skip Schumaker, whose 2-for-17 slide had dragged him down to .264, was the offensive star. Schumaker tripled, singled, singled and walked in four plate appearances.

"I've been getting hits here and there, but I haven't felt right at the plate," said Schumaker, who raised his average back to .289 after some extra work with hitting coaches Hal McRae and Mike Aldrete.

"Lately, I haven't been getting on in front of Albert (Pujols). The guy's been doing so much damage, but it's been coming from solo home runs because I haven't been on base. When you have the best player in baseball hitting third, you've got to get on base."

CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 2: Backup C Jason LaRue -- who has caught winning games in all four of his starts -- homered and doubled as he raised his average to .438. RHP Ryan Franklin closed out his ninth straight save and 13th consecutive scoreless outing with a perfect ninth. Franklin has had seven 1-2-3 innings this season.

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Added: May 8, 2009

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