The Cards just went up 8-0 on a grand slam by Reggie Sanders of all people. Sanders now has 6 RBI in the game and has driven in the Cards' last six.
Peavy had just batted in the top of the fifth down 4-0, which I thought might have required more than a passing mention. After a one-out dink off the pitcher that ended up a single for Edmonds (again), a Pujols single and Walker five-pitch base on base, the bases were loaded. Peavy lost it all at once and went to 3-0 on Sanders. The next pitch was grooved and Sanders hit a high fly ball that went into the seats in left. 8-0.
The Pods seemingly are in a deep, dark hole. The were huge underdogs coming in. But if their ace could out-pitch the Cards' ace, then they seemingly had a decent shot. That's why the stuck with Peavy down 4-0 in the fifth. They expected him to pitch like an ace. Oddly, overall he didn't do that badly. It was the little bloops and nibblers that killed him, along with the walks.
I thought that the Padres would play the Cards tough, but it looks unlikely now. It looks like the waters of the NL are prepared to divide for St. Louis to offer themselves as the lamb for slaughter against the AL champ come World Series time. How's that for mixed metaphors? One parting note: Carpenter left with cramps in his hand. It may be nothing but should be kept in mind.