Sunday's 7 p.m. CT game against the Dodgers marks the first of three Cardinals games scheduled to be highlighted as ESPN's Sunday Night Game of the Week. The June 3 game against the Mets in New York and the July 15 contest in Cincinnati are the two others.
On Friday, Lance Berkman wasn't the first Cardinal to tie a game against the Dodgers with a home run when down to the team's final out. It was also done on May 7, 1951, when Del Rice homered off Preacher Roe at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. The last Cardinal to hit a game-tying homer with two out in the ninth had been Matt Holliday. He connected for a solo homer off Milwaukee's Trevor Hoffman on April 11, 2010. Like Friday, St. Louis also lost that game in the bottom half of the frame.
Since starting the season 9-3, the Cardinals have gone 13-14, which includes a 4-5 mark against non-National League Central opponents. Still, they have held a division lead of at least 2 1/2 games for all but one day since April 14.
Infield prospect Kolten Wong homered on Friday and again on Saturday for Double-A Springfield. Wong, the team's top selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, entered Saturday carrying a .336 season batting average. He now has four homers in 37 games this season.