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Post-game: Wrapping up the Cards series win

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Just got back home, wanted to post a few last things heading into tomorrow…

Reliever Evan Meek called today’s 1-2-3 eighth inning against the Cardinals a “good step forward in the right direction.” Meek said on Tuesday that it was way too early to panic and that he was doing his best to not let the negativity creep in after two bad outings, one that cost them the game on Saturday and then one that nearly did on Monday.

He also said that he wanted the ball back in his hands as soon as possible.

“(I wanted the ball) really badly, actually,” Meek said. “It was one of those things where I knew I wasn’t far off. You don’t want to sit on it, you don’t want to wait, and that’s one of the good things about being a reliever is you get thrown back out there. I love that (manager Clint Hurdle) put me back out there with a two-run lead, I love that he has the confidence in me and that was big for me. Now I can build off that, take that into my next outing and just get on with it.”

= Josh Rodriguez became a part of someone else’s milestone in his first-ever major league start on Wednesday playing shortstop. Rodriguez became Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s 1,500th career strikeout in the second inning.

= Jose Tabata extended his season-opening hitting streak to six games. He was tied with San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun entering the game.

= The Pirates got the win Wednesday despite leaving a lot of men on base – 11, to be exact. That’s the most this season, with the 10 left on at Chicago on Opening Day a close second.

= The last time the Cardinals scored three runs or fewer in their first six games of the season was in 1919, when they scored three or fewer in eight straight games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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