Final in 11
4:15 PM ET, March 31, 2011
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
ST. LOUIS -- Doing the little things paid off for the San Diego Padres. One big swing, too.Cameron Maybin tied it with a two-out homer in the ninth inning, then grounded a single that led to the go-ahead run in the 11th Thursday in a 5-3 opening win over the St. Louis Cardinals.The Padres managed just two hits the first seven innings but scored two runs, and finally capitalized on shortstop Ryan Theriot's fielding error."We fight, we claw, we hang around," Maybin said. "We find a way to do it."Cardinals star Albert Pujols shared a big hug with manager Tony La Russa during player introductions, then endured an awful start to what could be his 11th and final season in St. Louis.Pujols grounded into a career-worst three double plays while going 0 for 5 while five men on base. The three-time NL MVP cut off contract negotiations at the start of spring training and could be a free agent this fall.
• Cameron Maybin tied the game in the ninth with a solo home run and drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th.
• The win was the Padres' third in their last 16 road games against St. Louis since 2007.
• Albert Pujols grounded into a career-high three double plays and became the first player in MLB history with three GIDP on Opening Day.
• The Cardinals lost a game of 11-plus innings on Opening Day for the first time since 1988.
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Jim Edmonds, who ditched a comeback bid in February after signing a minor league contract with the Cardinals, threw out the first pitch. ... Latos, who's on the 15-day DL, threw a bullpen session as scheduled prior to the game. ... Cardinals INF Nick Punto was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 22 with a sports hernia. He's with the team and could play by May.
Regular Season Series
|1st||M Holliday singled to center, C Rasmus scored.||0||1|
|4th||O Hudson hit sacrifice fly to center, W Venable scored.||1||1|
|4th||Y Molina singled to center, L Berkman scored, D Freese to second.||1||2|
|5th||N Hundley doubled to deep left center, R Ludwick scored.||2||2|
|8th||M Holliday homered to center (407 feet).||2||3|
|9th||C Maybin homered to center (425 feet).||3||3|
|11th||C Maybin singled to right, C Headley to second, C Headley scored, C Maybin to second on error by shortstop R Theriot.||4||3|
|11th||N Hundley singled to center, C Hunter scored.||5||3|
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|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||46,368 (105.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||53 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tim Timmons|
The last time the Padres played a game of 11 innings or longer on Opening Day was 1987, a 4-3 loss at the Giants in 12 innings. The last time they WON a game of 11 innings or longer on Opening Day was 1981, a 4-1 win at the Giants in 12 innings.
The last time the Cardinals played a game of 11 innings or longer on Opening Day was 1990, a 6-5 win over Montreal in 11 innings. The last time they lost a a game of 11 innings or longer on Opening Day was 1988, a 5-4 loss at the Reds in 12 innings. The last last time they lost a a game of 11 innings or longer on Opening Day AT HOME was 1969, a 6-2 loss to the Pirates in 14 innings.
Ryan Franklin just blew a save for the Cardinals in St. Louis. Last year, Franklin was 14-14 in save opportunities at home. His last blown save at home was September 19, 2009. The Cardinals actually came back to win that game in the bottom of the ninth.
1st time in his career Albert Pujols has grounded into 3 double plays Only 8 times has Pujols grounded into 2 double plays in a game
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