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St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18

St. Louis Cardinals Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18
--INF Brian Barden, dividing time between shortstop and third base, cracked his third homer this week, a solo drive off Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano, to break a 5-5 tie in the sixth. Barden has displayed a good glove in the first two weeks of the season but his bat has been a plus as he has seized at least a portion of the third-base job left open by 3B Troy Glaus' slow recovery from off-season shoulder surgery.

--Cardinals pitchers fanned 13 Cubs in eight innings, with seven by starter Walters, two by LHP Trever Miller, three by RHP Mitchell Boggs and one by RHP Chris Perez, who suffered the loss. But Perez's one walk was critical as he passed PH Aaron Miles to put the tying run on with one out in the eighth.

--RHPs Kyle McClellan and Ryan Franklin held the Cubs hitless for the last three innings Thursday, and Franklin gained his second save. McClellan notably was strong in his two innings, throwing his curveball for strikes earlier in the count than usual. "That's about as impressive as he can be," manager Tony La Russa said. "That's the way he was last year."

--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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