Westbrook shakes off rocky start, Cards’ offensive stays alive

Cardinals 7, Cincinnati 1

David Freese launches a 2-run homer in the 1st inning Monday.

St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook had an ugly time of it early this evening. Ten of his first 12 pitches were out of the strike zone, and he walked 4 of the first 10 batters he faced. But he managed to settle down and ended up going 7 innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 run, with 2 Ks. Fifty-five of his 88 pitches were strikes.

The Cardinal offense gave him all the cushion he needed in the first inning, roughing up Reds’ starter Homer Bailey after he’d gotten the first two hitters out. Matt Holliday homered; Lance Berkman walked, David Freese homered, and Yadier Molina also went yard. They added 3 more in the 8th, then the bullpen, which drove Maalox sales through the roof for much of last season, shut the door.

Later,

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