Our Padres account rep, Gabe, hooked us up with tickets in the first row behind the Cardinals' dugout. It was an awesome view of the game and was interesting to be close enough to see the interaction between teammates. We arrived two hours before game time (early entrance for season ticket holders) to watch the Cardinals take BP. This year the Padres added a giant Frazee Paint can in left field and if a homerun is hit into the can during a game, Frazee Paint will donate $500k to the Padres Foundation. Pujols spent his BP time aiming for that can! He was goofing around and pointing towards it. He did not hit the can, but came pretty close. There were a lot of "ooohs" and "ahhhs" from the crowd like they were watching fireworks. You could tell by the way he was crushing the ball that his homer-less streak would soon be broken.
|Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason threw out the first pitch|
Name this Cardinal fan...
|Bengie Molina??? Excuse the bad pic, I didn't want to be obnoxious.|
The word behind the seats is that this in none other than Bengie Molina rocking the Cardinal red. Love the Molinas!
Jon Jay had a great game, going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double. In Pujols' first AB, Jay was on first and Albert flew out to Maybin in CF. Somehow with Pujols looking at the catch and Jay retreating to first, the two ran into each other. It was pretty funny. Pujols kind of rolled to the ground and got up half laughing.
|Pujols after run-in with Jay|
The play of the game came in the bottom of the first when Ludwick hit a towering shot to straight away center field. Colby Rasmus made the jump and came back down. But did he have the ball? Everyone in the crowd held their breath waiting for the ump to make the call. Colby starting running in and finally showed that he had it. Web gem! Poor Ludwick just cannot catch a break. Does anyone hate the dimensions of Petco Park more than Ryan?
|Former Cardinal All-Star Ryan Ludwick was robbed by Rasmus|
|Lohse pitched 8.0 impressive innings giving up only 1 ER|
In the sixth inning, Pujols went deep, breaking his career-high 105 at-bat homer-less streak. It was a beauty.
|Pujols aiming for the paint can|
|The chicken showed up! It is the second time we have seen him in Petco Park.|
|Jon Jay sliding into the bullpen going for a foul ball|
|Rasmus out at second|
|Yadi in action during a run-down with Chase Headley|
Padres reliever Mike Adams was brought in to pitch the eight inning after a great performance by starter Dustin Moseley.
|The incredible Mike Adams|
With Adams on the rubber, ump Jim Joyce rung up Pujols with a low strike three call. Pujols was VERY unhappy yelling back at Joyce and jumping up and down. LaRussa quickly came out to argue the call and was immediately tossed. I'm actually surprised Pujols wasn't ejected as well.
|LaRussa tossed by Jim Joyce|
Schumaker, in his first game back from the DL, stretched a ninth inning single into a game changing double. Turns out he would score the winning run on a Descalso single.
|Schumaker safe at second|
|Daniel Descalso aka "Mr. Clutch"|
The Padres, in typical fashion, threatened in the bottom of the 9th with a single by Maybin. With the tying run at the plate, Orlando Hudson hit one to the warning track but it was caught by Berkman for the final out. Lohse gets win number six and Salas gets save number eight.
Cardinals win. :) Padres lose. :( I'm glad these teams only play each other six times a year!