4:09 PM ET, October 5, 2006
Petco Park, San Diego, California
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Getting out of September intact was the hard part for the St. Louis Cardinals, who clinched a division title while stuck in reverse.
|Game 2 Breakdown|
Jeff Weaver. The St. Louis starter pitched five shutout innings and faced the minimum in the second, third and fourth. He allowed only two hits and improved to 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA on the road as a Cardinal.
Here's a reality check for those who thought David Wells could spin postseason magic for the Padres: He has won two of his past seven postseason starts, including Thursday's loss to the Cardinals. Wells made 10 postseason starts from 1995-98, posting a record of 8-1 with a 2.99 earned-run average. Since then, he is 2-4 with a 4.08 ERA.• For more Elias Says, click here
St. Louis hadn't blanked a playoff opponent since finishing the 1987 NL Championship Series with shutout wins against San Francisco in Games 6 and 7. ... St. Louis' rookie-dominated bullpen has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball, with 10 strikeouts and one walk. ... Hoffman, baseball's all-time saves leader, caught the ceremonial first pitch from the man he passed in the record book, Lee Smith. The two also exchanged autographed baseballs.
|4th||A Pujols singled to left, P Wilson scored, A Pujols to second.||1||0|
|4th||J Edmonds reached on infield single to second, A Pujols scored.||2||0|
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|Stadium||Petco Park, San Diego, CA|
|Attendance||43,463 (102.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||69 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Bill Welke, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Wally Bell|