And he didn't pitch that poorly, all things considered. Brendan Ryan had a big day off him (3 hits, including a HR in the fourth). Albert Pujols homered. The Padres, on the other hand, couldn't muster anything off Cardinal spot starter PJ Walters, and with no run support LeBlanc was doomed. Adam Russell pitched two innings for the depleted bullpen and gave up 4 runs, taking the doubt out of the issue. 8-3 Cardinals in the finale.
Padres finished the series 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position, and still managed to win 2 of the 3 games. That's one of the more ridiculous stats you'll see. No Sacrifice Flies were hit with a runner on third throughout the 3-game series.
I was at this afternoon's game, but it was a seminal moment - I took my oldest to his first baseball game. Needless to say we didn't watch the whole game, nor did we stay until the end. But the boy did get a hit at the Park at the Park field, and we did walk around a lot, and he did eat a lot of Skittles. A good day. So, the rest of this post will be photos.
View from our seats. I like the 1978 jerseys.
Jerry Hairston Jr and David Eckstein
Matt Holliday singled, then got thrown out trying to stretch it to a double, to end the fourth. Here's LaRussa asking second base umpire Mark Wegner if he has pigeon shit in his eye.
Wade LeBlanc pitched as hard as he could, but it wasn't enough. Here he is exiting the game in the sixth.