The Cardinals hit five homers in Friday’s 13-6 win in the series opener on Friday, all off of Casey Daigle, who was making his major league debut. It was the most homers allowed by an Arizona pitcher in the franchise’s seven-year history.
“It was unfortunate because he went up against a tough lineup,” said former Diamondback Reggie Sanders, who hit two homers. “He left the ball in the middle of the plate a lot.”
St. Louis leads the majors with 12 home runs and 38 runs scored this season. However, their pitching has allowed 36 runs, better than only Milwaukee.
“I think I could have hit the ball out of the infield against our guys,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We’ll pitch better. It won’t take much to pitch better than we did against Milwaukee.”
Albert Pujols hit his third home run of the season Friday, and Ray Lankford and Scott Rolen also homered for the Cardinals, who lost three of four in their season-opening series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Tony Womack, another former Diamondback, added a career high-tying four hits, including two doubles for St. Louis.
“This place is always special to me,” said Womack, who, along with Sanders, still lives in the Phoenix area. “We did a lot here. I accomplished a lot here and I had fun here. I try to keep that same mentality when I come back here on the opposing team.
“I’m not doing it for revenge or anything like that. I enjoy playing here.”
Steve Finley went 2-for-3 with a homer and a sacrifice fly, and Alex Cintron went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run for Arizona, which won two of three in its season-opening series against Colorado.