Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Streaks Part of Game, Mabry Says; Notebook; after Getting 10 Runs in Seven Games, Cardinals Score 44 in Four

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Streaks Part of Game, Mabry Says; Notebook; after Getting 10 Runs in Seven Games, Cardinals Score 44 in Four

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CINCINNATI * Ten runs in seven games. Then 44 in the next four. Cardinals hitting coach John Mabry said he knew that he would see the latter sooner then later.

"I feel the same way that I've felt since spring training," Mabry said after the Cardinals pasted the Cincinnati Reds 15-2 on Sunday.

"You keep focusing on the process. These guys are really good at what they do."

Explaining in a few words what had happened in the past 10 days, Mabry said, "Ebb and flow.

"We don't look back. You look ahead and keep your eye on the prize at the end."

Matt Carpenter had been nothing for 23 until he had a two-hit finish Sunday, and Matt Adams had a one-for-15 trip going until he hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run first.

But Mabry said, "You (media) guys look at those numbers way more than we do. That's your job. But you can't lose focus of the big picture, what these guys have done over the course of the season. People get caught up in that. Not us."

The Reds are convinced.

"If you miss by a little bit, they can hurt you," said 10-game winner Mike Leake, who was strafed for seven runs in five innings Sunday.

"I think they're the toughest and best hitting team there is. The numbers don't lie. They're never out of it. Even if you get to two strikes, they're still into the at-bats."

Manager Dusty Baker said, "We just didn't match up very good this series, and we haven't matched up very good with them this year. They caught us at a weak moment. At a weak moment, good hitters become better."

Third baseman David Freese is one of the Cardinals' good hitters getting better. He had his first homer in more than six weeks and has had two doubles in the past two games in the midst of a five- game hitting streak.

"I really like my approach now," said Freese. "When you attack, you attack with confidence."

AND NOW ... THE DODGERS

Rookie phenom Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of 14 straight road games, will be in St. Louis the next four nights.

Manager Mike Matheny said, "You can't help but watch the highlights. He's doing a little bit of everything. He's an exciting player. He's obviously been a catalyst for that team."

The last time the Cardinals met the Dodgers was in late May in Los Angeles when the Dodgers were buried in last place and manager Don Mattingly, according to many prophets, didn't figure to be around long enough to last the weekend, let alone see his friends and family from Evansville, Ind. …

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