Since the All-Star break, Ryan Ludwick has pulverized the ball.
The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, who went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs Wednesday, tied a franchise record by hitting a bomb in his fifth straight game, going yard during a five-run fourth in his club's 9-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ludwick is the fifth Cards player to homer in five consecutive games, and the first guy to accomplish the feat since Albert Pujols did it last season from August 17-22. Probably the sweetest shot during the streak was the game-winner on Tuesday off Jason Johnson in the 11th.
Meanwhile, fans booed new Dodger Manny Ramirez before every at bat and gave him hell when he took his sweet time getting back into the box after a foul grounder in the sixth. He nailed his 513th career homer in the second inning to break a tie with Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and for 20th place on the career list, and added an RBI single in the 3rd to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
Pujols insisted being on the same field as Manny motivated him to hit his fourth inning grand slam.
"You can have nine Manny Ramirezes out there and I’m still going to go and play my game," he said. "I don’t have to impress Manny Ramirez or 45,000 people. My job is to play hard and help my team to win."[MLB] | [True Blue LA] | [Cardinal Nation Globe] | [Redbirds Clubhouse]