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Cardinals-Pirates: Redbirds Avoid Sweep with the Help of a Young Gun

Published by on May 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

With All-star slugger Ryan Ludwick and veteran Rick Ankiel both on the disabled list, the St. Louis Cardinals looked extremely thin at their outfield positions.

Colby Rasmus stepped up to the plate to fill-in for those big shoes as he helped St. Louis defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Thursday.

The win helped the Redbirds avoid a sweep from the Pirates in what would have been a series to forget if not for Rasmus' moonshot.

With one out and a runner on first in a scoreless game in the second inning, Rasmus jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens and launched it high and far. The ball bounced off the upper River Walk outside PNC Park and caromed into the Allegheny River. It...

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