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St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-04-15

St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-04-15
--RF Ryan Ludwick did not get into Tuesday's game despite his .409 average. Manager Tony La Russa had Ludwick on deck to pinch-hit in the ninth inning but pulled him back when 1B Albert Pujols tied the game with a single on an 0-2 count, loading the bases with one out. La Russa sent up INF Brendan Ryan to pinch-hit, and Ryan fanned on three pitches before CF Rick Ankiel also struck out to end the inning. "I thought (Ryan) had a better chance to put the ball in play," La Russa said.

--Ludwick, who has a 17-game hitting streak dating to last season, did not start because right-handed batters averaged just .167 against Arizona RHP Max Scherzer last year while left-handed batters hit him at a .319 clip. La Russa pulled Ludwick aside before the game to talk to him about it, and Ludwick, who already has missed three games, admitted, "I asked him, 'What does it take to play every day in the big leagues?' I want to be that guy. He said, 'Trust me.' And I do."

--LF Chris Duncan, who has started more games (eight) than anybody else in the Cardinals outfield, doubled in the fourth inning, meaning that he has hit safely in all of his starts. Duncan has eight hits in those eight games.

--The Cardinals' three-game sweep of the Astros was their first since July 15-17 of 2005. The teams more often than not have been jousting for the division title in the last decade, but the Cardinals have the all-time edge at 342-301.

BY THE NUMBERS: 24 -- Multi-homer games for 1B Albert Pujols after he drove in seven runs with a grand slam and a three-run homer against Houston on April 11.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I am just blown away by that guy. I think he's the best hitter of all time." -- RHP Adam Wainwright, on teammate Albert Pujols.

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