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A sweeping beauty for Cubs
Cards lose control late
Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer and Albert Pujols swatted a two-run single, but the lead they helped build wouldn't stand. Jason Isringhausen walked two straight to load the bases and served up a grand slam in the eighth to help prevent Sidney Ponson, who went five, from winning in his Cards debut.
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Cubs 8, Cardinals 4
Fly away, baseball: Michael Barrett unloads on his sweep-inducing grand slam. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Cubs again stage drama
A day after hitting a game-tying pinch-hit homer, Michael Barrett crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning to lift the Cubs to a sweep of their rivals. Jacque Jones earned his first Cubs hit in style with a three-run tater, and Sean Marshall tossed a solid 4 1/3 innings in his debut.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 09, 2006
STL
St. Louis (3-3)
Lost 3
Chi Cubs 8, St. Louis 4   CHC
Chi Cubs (4-1)
Won 3
April 9, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0   4 9 0
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 X   8 12 0
Standings thru 4/9/06  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Cubs Stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS3010000.200
Encarnacion, RF4000014.174
Pujols, 1B3112110.300
Rolen, 3B4132000.375
Edmonds, CF4010014.174
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
Hancock, P0000000.000
Molina, C4000011.227
Taguchi, LF-CF2110100.182
b-Miles, PH1000000.389
Luna, 2B3120010.667
c-Spiezio, PH1000000.000
Ponson, P1000010.000
a-Rodriguez, PH1000002.400
Wainwright, P0000000.000
Rincon, P0000000.000
Schumaker, LF1000000.333
Totals324942611 

a-Grounded into a double play for Ponson in the 6th. b-Lined out for Taguchi in the 9th. c-Grounded out for Luna in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Taguchi (2, Marshall).
HR: Rolen (2, 1st inning off Marshall, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Eckstein; Pujols; Rolen 6; Edmonds; Taguchi 2; Luna 2.
RBI: Rolen 2 (7), Pujols 2 (8).
2-out RBI: Rolen 2; Pujols 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Edmonds 2.
S: Ponson.
GIDP: Rodriguez.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rolen (2, 2nd base off Williamson/Barrett).
CS: Rolen (1, 3rd base by Williamson/Barrett).

FIELDING
PB: Molina (1).
DP: 2 (Rolen-Luna-Pujols, Luna-Pujols).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pierre, CF5000015.273
Walker, 2B3020101.429
1-Hairston, PR-2B01000001.000
Lee, 1B3100112.375
Ramirez, 3B3210100.211
Barrett, C4224000.316
Jones, RF4223000.125
Murton, LF4000011.211
Cedeno, SS4040000.556
Marshall, P1000011.000
Wuertz, P0000000.000
a-Bynum, PH1000001.000
Williams, P0000000.000
b-Mabry, PH1010000.667
Williamson, P0000000.000
c-Pagan, PH1000002.400
Dempster, P0000000.000
Totals3481273413 

a-Grounded into a forceout for Wuertz in the 5th. b-Singled for Williams in the 7th. c-Grounded into a forceout for Williamson in the 8th.
1-Ran for Walker in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Cedeno (4, Ponson).
HR: Jones (1, 4th inning off Ponson, 2 on, 2 out), Barrett (2, 8th inning off Isringhausen, 3 on, 0 out).
TB: Walker 2; Ramirez; Barrett 5; Jones 5; Cedeno 5; Mabry.
RBI: Jones 3 (4), Barrett 4 (9).
2-out RBI: Jones 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pierre 3; Walker.
GIDP: Lee 2.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Walker-Cedeno-Lee, Walker-Lee).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ponson 5.07330115.40
Wainwright (H, 1)1.22000100.00
Rincon (H, 2)0.101111013.50
Isringhausen (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)0.024420118.00
Hancock 1.01000104.91
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marshall 4.14441218.31
Wuertz 0.22000100.00
Williams 2.02001106.00
Williamson (W, 1-0)1.01000202.70
Dempster 1.00000000.00

Rincon pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Isringhausen pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

WP: Hancock.
HBP: Eckstein (by Marshall).
Pitches-strikes: Ponson 82-54, Wainwright 23-14, Rincon 12-5, Isringhausen 20-8, Hancock 13-9, Marshall 65-42, Wuertz 22-13, Williams 23-13, Williamson 11-7, Dempster 9-6.
Ground outs-fly outs: Ponson 11-3, Wainwright 1-3, Rincon 0-0, Isringhausen 0-0, Hancock 2-0, Marshall 8-3, Wuertz 1-0, Williams 3-2, Williamson 0-0, Dempster 2-1.
Batters faced: Ponson 20, Wainwright 7, Rincon 2, Isringhausen 4, Hancock 4, Marshall 19, Wuertz 4, Williams 7, Williamson 3, Dempster 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Rincon 2-0, Isringhausen 1-1, Hancock 1-1, Wuertz 3-2.
Umpires: HP: Terry Craft. 1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: Ron Kulpa. 3B: Dale Scott.
Weather: 43 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:57.
Att: 39,839.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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