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Monday, April 10, 2006

Comeback Falls Short as Brewers Lose 4-6



From Sportsline.com:

The new Busch Stadium was both a hitter's and pitcher's park in its opening game -- at least for Mark Mulder.

The Cardinals' left-hander worked into the ninth inning and hit his first career home run to help St. Louis beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 Monday in the first major league game at the $365 million ballpark.

"It was just his day," the Brewers' Bill Hall said. "And there's nothing we could do about it."

Mulder batted only .145 in his first NL season last year. But the exploits of Jason Marquis, who batted .310 with a homer and 10 RBI, and the rest of a staff that keeps close track of its hitting gave him incentive to improve his offense.

"He's happy for me, but I think way deep down inside he's mad," Mulder said of Marquis. "He just won't admit it. They already said I'm icing my back because I was swinging too hard."

Scott Rolen's two-run double in the fourth off Tomo Ohka (0-1) gave the Cardinals the lead for good and Albert Pujols hit his fourth homer, a drive to the left-center power alley estimated at 445 feet.

The Cardinals' first full day at the new ballpark began on a festive note, with Pujols and Chris Carpenter, the NL MVP and Cy Young Award winners, throwing out dual ceremonial first pitches to retired Cardinals greats Willie McGee and Bob Gibson. It stayed festive most of the day for a sellout crowd of 41,936 anxious for something positive after the Cardinals were swept at Chicago.

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