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St. Louis Cardinals Inside Pitch 2008-07-14


St. Louis Cardinals Inside Pitch 2008-07-14
Second baseman Aaron Miles had some defensive misadventures both on Saturday night when he dropped the ball on a potential double-play which enabled the Pittsburgh Pirates to tie the game in the ninth inning and on Sunday when he messed up a rundown play, leading to two runs. But he more than made up for it with a career day, knocking in five runs.

Miles, who had three hits, smacked a three-run homer in the fourth to give the Cardinals an early lead and, after Pittsburgh had gone back ahead, Miles tripled in two runs to cap a four-run seventh that put the Cardinals ahead to stay.

"I don't get many big hits," said Miles, who actually is hitting .317.

The Cardinals finished their pre-All-Star break play 10 games over .500 at 53-43. They have been as high as 13 games over.

An offense that had scored two runs or fewer in six of seven games entering the three-game series at Pittsburgh exploded for 28 runs and 50 hits in three games against the Pirates and should have swept the series, but for a meltdown on Saturday when they blew a six-run lead with two innings to go.

"We're very resilient," said Miles. "We come to play every day with a chip on our shoulder.

"You play a game like Saturday night (12-11 loss in 10 innings)... that's baseball. We got the series win. It's nice to sit on that for three days."

CARDINALS 11, PIRATES 6: 3B Troy Glaus finished the series with 10 hits in 13 at-bats, including two doubles and his 15th homer on Sunday as the Cardinals took the deciding game of the three-game series. The bullpen which had surrendered eight runs in the last three innings on Saturday was flawless for 3 1/3 innings on Sunday.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 14, 2008

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