June 30, 2008

Cardinals 9, Royals 6: That’s LaRue’s Plate; You Can’t Have It

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Royals (37-45)0012101106130
W: Perez (2-0) L: Bannister (7-7) S: Franklin (11)


Jason LaRue blocked the plate, held onto the ball, and survived a collision with David DeJesus yesterday to keep the Royals off the board in the first inning. The next inning, he celebrated further by launching a 2-run homer to give the Cardinals the lead.

Albert Pujols also hit a home run, and just missed a second. Pujols served as the DH after being activated for the Royals series. His presence was missed, and his return helped St. Louis dispatch their in-state rivals.

It also moves them 2.5 games out of first, behind the slumping Cubs.

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