Mark Grudzielanek may not be your typical number five hitter in the batting order, but he’s starting to slug like one.
The second baseman homered and drove in a career-high five runs, leading the Cardinals over the Brewers 8-4 on Monday.
With those two big hits, Grudzielanek improved his career batting average against Santos to .565.
“It couldn’t come at a better time, he just had a huge night,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Grudzielanek, a Milwaukee native who had 10 family members in attendance.
Grudzielanek, Abraham Nunez and Taguchi—the No. 5-7 hitters—combined to go 8-for-13 with all eight RBIs.
Grudzielanek is batting .376 (35-for-93) with a three home runs and 16 RBIs in 22 games since the All-Star break to raise his batting average to .300.
The Cardinals hitters hope to keep things up against struggling Brewers hurler Doug Davis.
Davis has not won since beating the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on June 22. The 29-year-old southpaw is 0-1 with a 4.16 ERA over his last eight starts. He’s 2-2 with a 6.84 ERA in six career appearances against St. Louis, including five starts.
Milwaukee has lost two of three to fall a game below .500.