Pujols returns to Busch and the Cardinals gain on the wild card

Albert Pujols via Robert Hanashiro-USA Today

Albert Pujols returned to Busch Stadium wearing the Dodger blue sporting the number 55. In a pivotal week Where we had 4 games vs. The Wild card leader, the (Dodgers) and 3 games vs. the Reds,

Before Monday's games, the race for the second Wild card slot looked like this.

San Diego 73-64 ---

Cincinnati 73-65 0.5 GB

Philadelphia 70-66 2.5 GB

St. Louis 69-66 3.0 GB

New York 69-68 5.0 GB

Game 1 September 6, vs. Loa Angeles (NL) Dodgers 5 - Cardinals 1

Miles Mikolas Had issues at the start then settled in. Cardinal hitters could not mount much of an attack vs. Max Sherzer.

Kodi Whitley via Fox sports

Mikolas's stat line seems unimpressive.

5IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3SO Gave up four runs in the first and one run in the third, but no runs in the second, fourth, and fifth. He would retire the last seven batters he faced.

3 relievers combined to shut down the Dodger offense

Andrew Miller 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1SO

Kodi Whitley 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1SO

Daniel Ponce deLeone 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1SO

While most Cardinal hitters could not seem to figure out Sherzer, Paul Goldschmidt and Tommy Edman seemed to have little trouble with the 37-year-old Dodger veteran. Together they went 5-8 with a double and a run scored.