ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 29: Reliever Edward Mujica #44 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after beating the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium on May 29, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(Baseball StL) -- With the July 31st non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, the Cardinals may have entertained thoughts of acquiring more bullpen help after Edward Mujica blew his first save of the season against the Los Angels on the 4th of July.
The 29 year old closer was having a perfect season until that outing. With Jason Motte out for the season because of Tommy John surgery, Mujica saved 21 straight games before getting knocked around in Anaheim.
After serving up a 2 run homer to Josh Hamilton, Mujica allowed the game winning single to Erick Aybar for his first blown save of the year. Mujica expressed regret about shaking off his catcher Yadier Molina during that 9th inning.
Molina called for 2 fastballs on both pitches, but Mujica was beaten after throwing 2 changeups. Mujica later said that watching the Bruce Willis movie “ A Good Day to Die Hard” helped him forget the game on the flight home to St. Louis.
What a difference a plane ride can make. Mujica appeared in all 3 games of the Cards weekend series against the Miami Marlins, and retired all 9 men that he faced.
Mujica posted a scoreless 9th inning on Saturday and received the win after coming into a tie game. A sliding catch by Carlos Beltran helped preserve Mujica’s 23rd save of the season in the Cards sweep of the Marlins.
Since blowing his save opportunity in Anaheim, Mujica is now 2 for 2 in save chances as the Cardinals head into their series with the Houston Astros.