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Jhonny Peralta Slams Out 200th Career Home Run In 3-2 Win Over Reds

Cardinals Jhonny Peralta becomes the eighth shortstop with career 200+ home runs.
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St. Louis Cardinals 3B/SS Jhonny Peralta reached a milestone in the 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds last night. He became the eighth shortstop in the MLB history with 200 home runs, when he crunched out a solo homer in the fourth. He did not realize his number among the ranks until teammate Matt Holliday congratulated him back in the dugout. His concern, he had given his team a bit of breathing room with a two run lead. 

The 200th ball retrieved by a Cardinals fan from Central IL, negotiations ensued and an autographed ball exchange; along with, meeting of player and fan would transpire after the game.

A NIGHT AT BUSCH STADIUM, NOT ONLY PART OF HISTORY; BUT PART OF A GREAT MEMORY. 

Fans are always in hope of catching a game ball. But, this is one that just became part of history for Cardinals Jhonny Peralta and the fan who held the home run ball. Family and friends will enjoy this experience with him for a very long time. The young man that retrieved the ball was sole keeper until after the game. With agreeable negotiations, the young man from Central IL, would exchange the ball after the game and the couple would meet Jhonny Peralta. Not only a win for the Cardinals, but a win for a Cardinals fan who was happy about the two run lead and the treasure he held in tow. 

JAIME GARCIA HAS FOUND HIS GAME

Cardinals Jaime Garcia put up a stellar performance. He went eight innings, only spending 85 pitches with 60 strikes thrown. He gave up two earned runs, issued one walk and had four strikeouts to get his ninth win. He was just shy of a complete game, but was retired in his ninth inning. This was second straight eight inning pitched game. He feels he has finally found his game and hopes to continue this path for the remainder of the season.

"I'm a guy who goes after guys and I got away from where I needed to be and I had some mechanical issues that I had to get rid of," Garcia said. "The last couple of games my defense has been great and hopefully we can do that the rest of the way." (ESPN/AP Recap)

Lead off Matt Carpenter put the Cardinals on the board right out the gate. He sends a solo bullet in the first, on a 0-1 count into the Cardinals bullpen, facing Reds Anthony DeSclafani. That was Carpenter's 15 season homer, and his first since returning from the DL his month.  

In the third, it's Carpenter again to set-up the RBI for Brandon Moss.  Carpenter connects to send the two-seamer deep into left center and beats the tag at third for a triple. Moss, at the plate, on a full count, slugs out a double, Carpenter crosses home for Moss' RBI.  St. Louis takes a 2-0 lead. Moss has put up five doubles in August with seven RBI. 

The two earned runs allowed by J Garcia were in the fourth, with Reds Eugenio Suarez slugging out his solo home run. The second was in the ninth. Garcia was retired from the mound, two runners on and no outs. Closer Seung Hwan Oh replaced him. Suarez grounded into a double play, with Joey Votto getting the second run scored by the Reds to cut the Cardinals lead to one. Oh took care of Tony Renda, swinging, for his final out. Oh earned his tenth save, J Garcia the win and handed DeSclafani his first loss this season. DeSclafani was retired after five, 2 HR/3 ER/2-BB/5 SO. 

CARDINALS TRAVEL TO CHICAGO TO FACE THE CUBS

With taking the series against the Reds, the Cardinals take a happy flight to Chicago. They will be hosted by the Chicago Cubs, first place team in the NL Central by 12 games over the Cardinals, holding second place. Cardinals Carlos Martinez (10-7/3.29 ERA) will face Cubs Jon Lester (12-4/2.93 ERA). The Cardinals hold an edge over the Cubs this season in their three series thus far, 5-4, with St. Louis sweeping the Chicago northenders, June 19-21, at Wrigley Field. The Cubs, since Aug 1, have won their eight games played. In this four game series, they will look to continue to add to their nine game winning streak and the Cardinals look to put it to rest. 

This "Route 66 Rivalry" is probably the most fierce among MLB fans. The Cardinals will have to bring their "A++" game to Wrigley. And, the Cubs are well aware they can. This will be a hard fought four game series.  

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