Season series: Cardinals vs. Padres
St. Louis dropped three one-run decisions
The Padres won't head into the National League Divisional Series with any fear of their opponent -- the St. Louis Cardinals. They have proven they can beat them, having won four of seven games against the team with the best record in baseball. More telling is the fact that three of the Padres wins against the Cardinals have been by one run. Since the Cardinals can score so many different ways, they can drive a team's bullpen nutty. But the Padres have been able to keep the Cardinals from making late-inning comebacks.May 8: Padres 8, Cardinals 3
Brian Giles snaps an 0-for-22 slump and the Padres snap an 11-game losing streak in St. Louis. Giles broke out in a big way with four hits and five RBIs. The last time the Padres had won at Busch was Aug. 8, 2001.
May 9: Padres 6, Cardinals 5
Trevor Hoffman became just the fourth player in Major League history to reach 400 saves by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Randy Williams earned his first Major League victory, thanks to Mark Sweeney's RBI single in the seventh inning and the Padres bullpen held on to the lead.
May 10: Padres 5, Cardinals 4
Mark Sweeney roped a two-run double to left field in the fifth inning as the Padres came back from a 2-0 deficit to win.
May 11: Cardinals 15, Padres 5
Scott Rolen drove in four runs and had a three-run double in an 11-run first inning as the Cardinals toppled the Padres to emphatically avoid a sweep at home. Larry Walker had a two-run homer and Abraham Nunez and Reggie Sanders added solo shots.
July 26: Cardinals 4, Padres 2
Mark Mulder earned the win over the man he replaced in the St. Louis pitching rotation, Woody Williams. Mulder admittedly did not have his best stuff but held on for 5 2/3 innings and allowed only one walk.
July 27: Padres 2, Cardinals 1
Robert Fick's walk-off RBI single scored Damian Jackson in the ninth inning of a thrilling victory for San Diego. Jake Peavy and Hoffman combined to three-hit the Cardinals and help the Padres halt an eight-game losing streak.
July 28: Cardinals 11, Padres 3
Jim Edmonds yanked a three-run home run and racked up five RBIs to win the series on the road. Chris Carpenter picked up his National League-leading 15th win.
Stephen Norris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.