ST. LOUIS The hits started coming in Spring Training and they haven't stopped since. It's as if the baseball Gods wanted the Cardinals to try and prove last year's World Series title was no fluke by giving them a stiffer challenge.
Hit with a rash of injuries that included their fifth player being placed on the disabled list in the past week Tuesday, the Cardinals continued to play on with a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals swept the Padres out of town despite entering the series having lost eight of their past ten games. The lead has dwindled in recent days but the win kept the Cardinals a half-game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central.
"It shows you how deep we are and what kind of character we have," said starter Lance Lynn, who improved to 7-1 Tuesday as a fill-in for ace Chris Carpenter. "You go through a rough little patch like that and come back and do what we're able to, hopefully we can keep it going on this homestand."