Game #126: Snell is Swell

Busch Stadium | 8:15 | Snell vs. Braden Looper | Box
The Pirates took advantage of some ninth inning miscues by St. Louis to plate three runs and extend a slim 1-0 margin. But the story of the game was Ian Snell. It was vintage first-half-of-2007 Snell. He went seven innings, gave up three hits, walked one and whiffed eight. He allowed no runs. This was the first time all year that he left a game without a blemish in the “R” column. Long overdue and welcomed much.
The Pirates offense sputtered along, managing just five hits off of loser Braden Looper. Three of those knocks were collected by Ryan Doumit. He drove in the first run of the game with a double that scored Jack Wilson in the first inning.
The Cards scored one in the 9th. T.J. Beam ended the 9th with a strike out of Brian Barton with the bases loaded. Beam’s effort earned him the save.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Reliever turned starter Braden Looper is 11-9 this year with a near league average ERA. He has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. He squared off against Ian Snell back on June 1 and emerged victorious.
Looper has relieved against the Pirates 24 times and started four times. His ERA is 3.26 and his record is 3.26 over 49-2/3 innings. The Pirates are a meager 16-79 against Looper. Adam LaRoche is just 2-11, but one of those hits is a tater.
Snell was the loser in that June 1 contest. This will be Snell’s fifth 2008 start against St. Louis. His ERA is 9.00 in 19 innings of work. He is 3-4 with a 5.06 ERA in his career against the Cards.
The Cardinals are hitting over .300 as a team against Snell. Albert Pujols is 12-27 with four homers. Troy Glaus is 7-10.

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