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Cardinals 4, Brewers 3
Trevor Hoffman reacts after giving up Matt Holliday's homer. (Morry Gash/AP)
The bullpen could only hold out for so long. Manny Parra left after one inning with a neck injury, but the Brewers looked like they'd pull through it, as the 'pen kept the Cardinals in check until the ninth inning. Trevor Hoffman came on for the save, but it was not his night, as he surrendered a decisive two-run homer.
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Series at a glance:
STL
St. Louis (83-57)
Won 2
St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3   MIL
Milwaukee (66-72)
Lost 2
September 8, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2   4 8 0
Milwaukee
2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 6 0
Standings thru 9/8/09  |  Recap: STL | MIL  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals stats  |  Brewers stats
St. Louis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Lugo, 2B 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 .292
Ryan, SS 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .288
Pujols, 1B 3 2 1 1 2 0 2 .328
Holliday, LF 4 2 2 2 1 0 2 .316
Ludwick, RF 5 0 2 0 0 1 4 .272
DeRosa, 3B 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 .261
Molina, Y, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .284
Ankiel, CF 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .234
  a-Glaus, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .188
  Schumaker, CF 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .298
Smoltz, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .091
  b-Greene, K, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .206
  Lohse, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .226
  Thompson, B, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091
  Reyes, De, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Rasmus, C, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .254
  Hawksworth, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  McClellan, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 4 8 3 8 8 24  

a-Walked for Ankiel in the 6th. b-Flied out for Smoltz in the 6th. c-Struck out for Reyes, De in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: DeRosa (19, Villanueva, Ca), Ludwick (19, Vargas, C).
3B: Ryan (7, DiFelice).
HR: Pujols (45, 7th inning off Weathers, 0 on, 2 out), Holliday (23, 9th inning off Hoffman, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Lugo; Ryan 3; Ludwick 3; DeRosa 2; Pujols 4; Holliday 5.
RBI: Pujols (121), Holliday 2 (95).
2-out RBI: Pujols.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ludwick 2; Smoltz; Pujols; Greene, K; Lugo 2.
GIDP: Molina, Y.
Team RISP: 0-for-12.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ryan 2 (12, 2nd base off Parra, M/Rivera, Mi, 2nd base off Villanueva, Ca/Rivera, Mi).

 
Milwaukee AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Patterson, C, CF 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 .091
  c-Bourgeois, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .185
  Vargas, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hoffman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Counsell, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .287
Braun, LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .311
Fielder, 1B 3 1 2 2 1 0 0 .299
McGehee, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .292
Gerut, RF-CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 .215
Hardy, SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .226
Rivera, Mi, C 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .233
Parra, M, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
  Villanueva, Ca, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .111
  a-Gamel, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .237
  DiFelice, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Coffey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Stetter, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Weathers, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Hart, PH-RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .262
Totals 33 3 6 3 3 9 12  

a-Struck out for Villanueva, Ca in the 4th. b-Lined out for Weathers in the 7th. c-Flied out for Patterson, C in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Braun (32, Smoltz).
HR: Fielder (38, 1st inning off Smoltz, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Braun 2; Hardy; Gerut; Rivera, Mi; Fielder 5.
RBI: Fielder 2 (125), Rivera, Mi (12).
2-out RBI: Fielder 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Counsell; Gerut.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Counsell-Fielder).

 
St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Smoltz 5.0 6 3 3 0 7 1 6.53
Lohse 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.62
Thompson, B 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.98
Reyes, De 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.41
Hawksworth (W, 3-0) 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2.51
McClellan (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.12
 
Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Parra, M 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 6.42
Villanueva, Ca 3.0 1 0 0 2 6 0 5.49
DiFelice (H, 10) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.68
Coffey (H, 24) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2.82
Stetter (H, 19) 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.79
Weathers (H, 18) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3.61
Vargas, C (H, 5) 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 2.37
Hoffman (BS, 3)(L, 1-2) 1.0 1 2 2 1 1 1 2.05

IBB: Schumaker (by Vargas, C).
Pitches-strikes: Smoltz 83-53, Lohse 11-7, Thompson, B 17-9, Reyes, De 5-3, Hawksworth 21-9, McClellan 11-7, Parra, M 21-11, Villanueva, Ca 47-28, DiFelice 9-9, Coffey 18-9, Stetter 8-3, Weathers 8-5, Vargas, C 37-19, Hoffman 19-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Smoltz 3-5, Lohse 2-0, Thompson, B 0-0, Reyes, De 0-1, Hawksworth 3-0, McClellan 2-0, Parra, M 1-2, Villanueva, Ca 0-1, DiFelice 1-0, Coffey 2-0, Stetter 0-1, Weathers 1-1, Vargas, C 2-0, Hoffman 1-1.
Batters faced: Smoltz 21, Lohse 3, Thompson, B 3, Reyes, De 1, Hawksworth 5, McClellan 3, Parra, M 5, Villanueva, Ca 12, DiFelice 3, Coffey 5, Stetter 2, Weathers 4, Vargas, C 6, Hoffman 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Reyes, De 1-0, Coffey 1-0, Stetter 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Sam Holbrook. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Dan Iassogna.
Weather: 71 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, L to R.
T: 3:20.
Att: 36,172.
Venue: Miller Park.
September 8, 2009
September 8, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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